Global Experience Specialists (GES) has announced two major acquisitions from its head office in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. The company has acquired two leading providers of convenient and affordable hotel accommodation for event attendees and exhibitors (housing services), onPeak and Travel Planners based in Chicago, Illinois and New York, New York respectively. The merged business will be serving GES’ clients under the name onPeak, a GES Global Company (onPeak | GES).
onPeak | GES currently provides approximately 60% of the housing for the top 250 U.S. events, and embodies 60 years of combined experience in the sector. As the exclusive distributor of housing services for an event, onPeak | GES can use its scale and technological expertise to offer convenient, affordable hotel accomodation to all its event attendees.
GES president, Steve Moster, said, “I set a vision for GES to be the preferred global full-service supplier for live events, a vision driven by our desire to create the best event experience possible for exhibitors and attendees. By adding these event housing services, it enables GES to be the only company that can provide a complete event experience.”
Leading the onPeak team as executive vice president of onPeak | GES, the former president of onPeak, Michael Howe, will be reporting to Moster, and Lisa Baez, former executive director of Travel Planners will report to Howe as vice president of housing account services.
“We’re thrilled to combine our expertise and advanced technology with GES’ global resource base,” said Howe, “and this will really open doors to very exciting opportunities for our clients and employees.”
Moster concluded “Our clients told us that they want GES to create unique, integrated experiences delivered by just one trusted partner for their most critical event needs,” said Moster. “We are honoured to have earned our clients’ trust and are really excited to offer a complete event experience to all of our clients – from exhibition organisers to corporate marketers, event agencies, and now hotel partners.”