Dolce Becomes First Hotel Brand to Offer GSA-Approved Government Meeting Rates

Dolce Hotels and Resorts, which has 27 properties worldwide, has introduced all-inclusive, per diem government meeting rates that cover guest rooms, meeting facilities, breakfast, lunch, dinner, breaks and basic audio/visual equipment, it announced last week.

The rates — approved by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) — make Dolce the first hotel brand ever to be awarded a GSA Schedule Contract, enabling government meeting planners to research prices and book meetings through the GSA Advantage system at the Dolce property of their choice in the United States, Canada and Europe.

"Just as Andy Dolce, our founder, revolutionized the marketplace when he developed the all-inclusive Complete Meetings Package, our new Government Meetings Package reinvents government meeting procurement with all-inclusive per diem pricing and transparency," said Barry Goldstein, Dolce's chief marketing and technology officer. "Our GMP pricing ensures government groups will not encounter the kind of inflated costs or surprise charges sometimes levied by competitors, such as $90 coffee pots and $300 plates of cookies."

Added Charles Sadler, executive director and CEO of the Society of Government Meeting Professionals, "I have to commend Dolce Hotels and Resorts for seeing the potential and the advantage of taking their hotels to the next level to reach government buyers in their success to be an approved vendor under a GSA schedule. Today, GSA schedules are the favored purchasing mechanism for most federal buyers, and Dolce has just proved it isn't just for office supplies, furniture and federal necessities anymore with the addition of their hotel rooms and meeting space as its newest commodity. It is definitely in the best interest of our industry to look into what makes a GSA schedule so attractive to both the government buyer and the supplier vendor in pre-approved contracting. It is great to see another federal purchasing program become an opportunity for the hospitality and meetings industry."

According to Dolce, which cites the June 13 issue of the Federal Times newsletter, it was ranked 14 last year among all U.S. companies hosting federal government meetings. Its newest hotel is expected to open next fall in downtown Indianapolis.