SOUTHLAKE, Texas, Oct 23, 2006 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Travelocity has signed deals with three hotel brands owned by
affiliates of Blackstone Real Estate partners, making Travelocity a
preferred online distribution partner. LaQuinta and LXR Luxury Resorts
renewed participation and Extended Stay Hotels became the newest
member of Travelocity’s net rate hotel program. The hotel companies
also have plans to expand their relationship into Travelocity’s
vacation packaging engine in key markets.
“We are excited to have Travelocity as a distribution channel for
our wide array of hotels,” said Joe Berger, Co-President, of LXR
Luxury Resorts. “Travelocity is a leader in online distribution,
delivering on the needs of suppliers such as two-way seamless
connectivity and, at the same time, giving customers a wide choice of
“These agreements with LaQuinta, LXR Luxury Resorts and Extended
Stay Hotels means that their content will appear on Travelocity,
lastminute.com and ZUJI.com as well as affiliate sites,” said Ross
Mantione, vice president of partner marketing for Travelocity.
“Together, we will provide our mutual customers with richer content,
wider availability, and more options.”
Through this relationship, these Blackstone hotel companies will
be able to take advantage of Travelocity’s fully-automated, two-way
Central Reservations System connectivity. This also allows consumers
booking these properties on Travelocity to view current rates and
availability and for those properties to receive immediate delivery of
reservations directly into their property management system.
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.
Andrea Collins, 212-715-2222
Alyson Briggs, 972-488-4790