Online group travel planning and booking site Groople launched a travel and social networking tool, offering an integrated solution for the challenges of planning and booking group travel. GroopVine will allow users to create their own personalized trip page to plan, create, share, shop and buy travel with their entire group?s input every step of the way. Providing helpful tools from event schedules and suggested itineraries to RSS feeds and online surveys, GroopVine makes group travel planning fun, collaborative and easy.

"Anyone who's ever planned a group trip - be it a corporate outing, girlfriend getaway, family reunion or sports team trip - knows what a hassle it can be to continuously email the group for feedback on hotels, flights, activities, and friendly reminders about making trip payments,? said Mike Stacy, Chief Executive Officer of Groople. ?Now, with GroopVine, group leaders can easily communicate online using helpful tools including event schedules, suggested itineraries from similar groups and online surveys. GroopVine creates an instant travel community for every group."

GroopVine is the first travel industry tool to offer customers one place to plan, share, shop and book trips. Some of the unique capabilities users can take advantage of include:

Research your trip:

- Search by category - a customer can search on other group trips in 13 different categories from girlfriend getaways to religious groups.
- Clone trip itineraries - look at other trips or search them for ideas as a starting point in building their own.
- Construct trip itineraries and schedules of events - Groople?s event scheduler supports recommending, voting and commenting, in addition to organizing the final itinerary.

Collaborate:

- Create a personalized URL for the trip that can be tailored with a header, color scheme, drag & drop option for redesigning page items, etc.
- Add and edit sections from a personalized Web page, including weather forecasts, forum discussions, photos and videos and activities.
- Invite guests to join the trip, add ideas, photos or video to the personalized Web page.
- Have a threaded discussion where each member of the group can add his or her own comment(s).
- Easily create a poll to determine where or when the group can go, or on any topic on which the group leader would like to get input.
- Freely add more information on the page (using wiki) and receive RSS support for Web page updates.
- Upload photos and short videos.
- Keep tabs on who?s attending their group trip and who?s already paid.
- Easily share information with the entire group about hotel, airline and rental car options.
- Review hotel information and amenities together.

Book your trip:

- Make reservations for hotel, air or car and have each guest pay for them individually.
- Import travel reservations made elsewhere.
- Hotel reservations made on Groople are automatically integrated into the group trip page.

Groople collaborated with GO10000, a travel technology company, to create GroopVine.

Read a basic review of GroupVine (with screenshot) at Mashable