May 14, 2002
Partners With OpenTable
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
LOS ANGELESMay 14, 2002Gayot Publications announced today its partnership with OpenTable, Inc., the leading provider of guest and table management systems to restaurants and free, online reservations to consumers. The alliance links Gayot's professional restaurant reviews and food ratings with OpenTable's user-friendly online reservations service.
Through the agreement, diners searching on Gayot's comprehensive restaurant search engine (www.gayot.com) can access OpenTable's reservation service (www.opentable.com) with one click. For restaurants that are a part of the OpenTable network, an icon reading "Book a Table" will be prominently featured above the Gayot review, ready to carry diners to the corresponding page on the OpenTable sitea few clicks, and the reservation is made. Likewise, diners searching for a restaurant on OpenTable can opt to read a Gayot restaurant review before finalizing their reservation selection. Gayot will provide OpenTable with additional value-added restaurant content, such as Top 5 listings for major restaurant markets.
Diners can visit www.opentable.com at any time to scan for available tables and instantly confirm a reservation. This free online reservation service eliminates the inconvenience of multiple telephone calls, busy signals, waiting on hold and restaurant answering machines.
A leader in professional restaurant reviews and up-to-date travel content, Gayot's recent alliance with OpenTable furthers Gayot's expansion into technology-related information channels. In January 2002, the company's entire restaurant database went live on Gayot.com, enabling worldwide access to more than 17,000 restaurant reviews from 66 cities around the country.
According to Alain Gayot, Gayot's editor-in-chief, "We see this as a logical marriage of resources. By combining the most accurate and up-to-date restaurant information available online with a user-friendly reservation service, we enable and encourage users to experience the joys of fine diningby making it that much easier for them to participate. With the additional functionality of OpenTable's service, together we can offer a streamlined restaurant selection experience."
"We are very pleased to offer Gayot's extensive and informative restaurant reviews to OpenTable's more than 130,000 diners," said Douglas Boake, senior vice president of business development at OpenTable. "This relationship also allows us to make the OpenTable restaurant reservation network more accessible to Gayot's users, allowing them to take advantage of convenient reservations when they are most likely to need them."
OpenTable also offers the convenience of instant, 24by7 restaurant reservations to hotel concierges, travel agents and administrative assistants. The company works with many distribution partners, including American Express, Citysearch.com, Digital Cities, washingtonpost.com, and the Washingtonian.