SOUTHLAKE, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 16, 2006--Travelocity
employees are pausing today to say thanks to the people around the
world who have taken them on the trip of a lifetime over the last 10
years: their customers.
To show its appreciation, Travelocity (www.travelocity.com)
announces the "Travelocity Turns Ten Getaway Giveaway" to dreamy
destinations around the world. In addition to giving travelers a
chance to take an envy-inducing vacation, the sweepstakes further
exemplifies Travelocity's metamorphosis. Once considered merely a way
to book a flight, Travelocity today is an all encompassing resource
for great travel experiences backed by 24/7 customer care.
"Our customers have helped us grow into one of the world's largest
travel companies in just 10 years," said Michelle Peluso, Travelocity
president and CEO. "On behalf of our team of more than 5,000
professionals across the globe, I want to personally thank all of the
millions of people who have booked with us during our first decade. We
will remain passionate about offering amazing experiences and standing
behind our customers' trips every step of the way."
Travelocity Retro: A Decade of Online Travel
Today's focus on customer service and complete travel experiences
offers a contrast to the first online demos Travelocity executives
gave to a handful of curious onlookers and bystanders at a launch
event at Cyber Cafe in New York on March 12, 1996.
One of Travelocity's first customers, Tom Caddoo, of Charlotte,
N.C., booked his first trip on Travelocity a little more than two
weeks after the site launched. For Caddoo, shopping and booking a trip
completely on his own for the first time was a welcome advancement.
"When I first booked with Travelocity, I loved the independence
the site afforded, allowing me to book anytime," he said. "Ten years
later, I remain loyal to Travelocity and appreciate how it has
continually enhanced its offerings and customer service."
Those expanded offerings include thousands of dynamic vacation
packages that can be booked in advance or at the last minute with a
wide variety of activities to choose from to round out the experience
fully. Recently, Travelocity even gave travelers the ability to book
such activities as a Vegas show a la carte. And one of Travelocity's
newest enhancements, MeetMe In...(SM), gives consumers traveling from
two departure cities the convenience and flexibility of planning and
booking a getaway together on a single itinerary.
Travelocity Turns Ten Getaway Giveaway
To commemorate Travelocity's 10th birthday, travelers can enter to
win an action-packed experience to Cancun's Mayan Riviera, Barbados,
Las Vegas, Orlando, or a cruise. No purchase is necessary to enter.
The winner will choose their prize trip from among several options
provided by Travelocity. The deadline to enter the sweepstakes is
April 15th. Included among the adventures:
-- Enjoy a four-night stay for two in a junior suite with an ocean view at the superb Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun, an adults-only 24-hour all-inclusive luxury resort in the Mayan Riviera. Cliff dive (or just rope swing) and tour the seaside pyramid ruins of Tulum on a Pyramids Tour. -- Be pampered during a seven-night cruise for two to the Caribbean. Enjoy lavish spas and enjoy the seaside view from private quarters including a premium ocean view stateroom. -- Arrive at your suite at THEhotel in Vegas in a limo for a four-night stay where you and a lucky guest will sing along to "Dancing Queen" at the Mamma Mia! show and weave through the majestic Grand Canyon on a private helicopter tour from Maverick Helicopter Tours. -- Stay at the Peabody Orlando hotel and see Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park and its latest attraction, Expedition Everest, opening spring 2006. Also, while in Orlando, take a "Swim Where the Manatees Live" tour and visit the Kennedy Space Center where you can enjoy "Lunch with an Astronaut." -- During a five-night stay for two at Almond Beach Village or Almond Beach Club and Spa - one of the premier all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean - take a Land Rover off-road through the Barbados countryside, play a round of golf at the Barbados Golf Club, and zip around the famed shipwrecks and sea creatures of Barbados's Carlisle Bay through Atlantis Power Snorkel.
For additional information on any of the offers featured in the
"Travelocity Turns Ten Getaway Giveaway" sweepstakes and for complete
contest rules, see www.travelocity.com/tenyear.
Travelocity 1996 vs. Travelocity 2006 Travel Offerings: Then: Flights Now: Flights; Hotels; Car Rentals; Cruises; Vacation Packages: Last Minute Packages; Activities; Show Tickets Tagline Then: "Maximum power for the do-it-yourself traveler" Now: "You'll never roam alone" Logo Then: Multi-colored wavy line set on a black rectangle Now: Guiding stars set on the dark blue sky Mascot Then: None Now: The Roaming Gnome
Travelocity(R) is committed to being the traveler's champion -
before, during and after the trip and guarantees everything about a
customer's booking will be right. If it's not, Travelocity will work
with its partners to make it right, right away. This customer-driven
focus, backed by live 24/7 phone support, great prices and powerful
shopping technology has made Travelocity the fifth largest travel
agency in the U.S. - booking $7.4 billion in travel worldwide in 2005.
Based in Southlake, Texas, Travelocity also owns and operates
Travelocity Business(SM) and GetThere(R) for corporate travelers,
lastminute.com, a leader in European online travel and ZUJI, a leader
in Asia-Pacific online travel. Travelocity is owned by Sabre Holdings
Corporation (NYSE:TSG), a world leader in travel commerce.
CONTACT: VOLLMER Judy Haveson, 212-715-2222 firstname.lastname@example.org or Amanda Borichevsky, 972-488-4790 email@example.com SOURCE: Travelocity