Travelocity’s Supplier-Friendly Approach Continues to Pay off for
Travelocity and Its Customers
SOUTHLAKE, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–June 18, 2007–Travelocity has extended its longstanding distribution agreement with InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), the world’s largest hotel company by number of rooms. As a certified online third party intermediary for IHG’s more than 3,700 hotels worldwide, Travelocity customers will have continued access to InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Hotel Indigo, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Staybridge Suites and Candlewood Suites brands when shopping for the perfect hotel choice. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The agreement also gives customers of Travelocity Business and Travelocity’s IgoUgo division access to such IHG content.
“We’re pleased to strengthen an already strong relationship with IHG,” said Ross Mantione, vice president partner marketing for Travelocity. “With access to more content, the renewal of our strategic agreement will result in more marketing of IHG properties and brands on Travelocity. This will also help us to continue to grow our presence in Europe and Asia-Pacific with our lastminute.com and ZUJI brands, respectively.”
Travelocity will also have access to bundled rates for vacation packages and distressed rates for last minute packages.
“We’ve enjoyed a long-term collaborative approach with Travelocity and other Sabre Holdings portfolio companies,” said Andrew Rubinacci, vice president, distribution marketing EMEA for IHG. “Travelocity has always shared in our philosophy of keeping our mutual customers in mind throughout the process and we look forward to taking this relationship to the next level.”
IHG and Travelocity are working to implement state-of-the-art next generation connectivity between systems, giving Travelocity’s customers immediate and accurate access to IHG’s inventory and pricing, enhancing their shopping experience.
Travelocity(R) is committed to being the traveler’s champion — before, during and after the trip – and provides the most comprehensive and pro-active guarantee in the industry – see http://www.travelocity.com/guarantee for details. This customer-driven focus, backed by 24/7 live phone support, great prices and powerful shopping technology has made Travelocity the sixth largest travel agency — booking $10.1 billion in travel worldwide in 2006. Based in Southlake, Texas, Travelocity also owns and operates Travelocity
Business(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, a world leader in travel commerce.
InterContinental Hotels Group PLC (IHG) of the United Kingdom (LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)) is the world’s largest hotel group by number of rooms. IHG owns, manages, leases or franchises, through various subsidiaries, over 3,700 hotels and more than 558,000 guest rooms in nearly 100 countries and territories around the world. IHG owns a portfolio of well recognized and respected hotel brands including InterContinental(R) Hotels & Resorts, Crowne Plaza(R) Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn(R) Hotels and Resorts, Holiday Inn Express(R), Staybridge Suites(R), Candlewood Suites(R) and Hotel Indigo(R), and also manages the world’s largest hotel loyalty program, Priority
Club(R) Rewards with over 33 million members worldwide.
The company pioneered the travel industry’s first collaborative response to environmental issues as founder of the International Hotels and Environment Initiative (IHEI). The IHEI formed the foundations of the Tourism Partnership launched by the International Business Leaders Forum in 2004, of which IHG is still a member today.
The environment and local communities remain at the heart of IHG’s global corporate responsibility focus.
IHG offers information and online reservations for all its hotel brands at www.ihg.com and information for the Priority Club Rewards program at www.priorityclub.com.
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