LeisureLink has partnered with Groupize to make its independent vacation and hotel properties available on an automated website for small group travel planners.

Groupize.com, a new online solution, allows travellers to check group rates and room inventory in real time and manage their groups.

Travel planners making bookings for small groups will have access to more than 1,000 LeisureLink group-friendly properties, such as boutique resorts, condo hotels, independent vacation rentals, timeshares and villas across the US and Canada.

The technology, designed to minimise costs and reduce burden on hotels, offers special group rates and a customised Group’s Planning Page with social and management tools for planners shopping for five or more rooms.

Travel planners can invite and communicate within the group, in addition to tracking signups, payments and modifications.

Organisers of business trips, family reunions and vacations, sports trips and weekend getaways can now carry out group bookings online in minutes, claims Groupize.

"Travel planners making bookings for small groups will have access to more than 1,000 LeisureLink group-friendly properties."

According to the company, the automated small groups opportunity will be worth over $30bn.

LeisureLink CEO Erik Hovanec said that many of its customers have been asking the company to add group travel distribution to its distribution network.

"We believe that Groupize will lead the group travel business and showcase our portfolio of properties perfectly. By having the entire LeisureLink family of properties available via the service, it is now easier than ever for group travel planners to book rooms at our properties, and for more groups to experience the group friendly amenities that our product offers," Hovanec added.

"This partnership is a further extension of our commitment to revolutionise hospitality by making independent hotel properties competitive in the marketplace."

California-based private company LeisureLink is funded by southern California venture capitalist firms Clearstone Venture Partners and Mission Ventures, with a strategic investment from Wyndham Worldwide.