Travelocity’s Roaming Gnome Also Spotted at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

Reports Earlier This Week Had Globetrotting Lawn Ornament Also Cultivating Smiles at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport

SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–July 15, 2004–The Roaming Gnome(SM), nicked from the garden of his owner Bill and on a whirlwind travel adventure booked on Travelocity(R) ever since, has been sighted at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport just days after his gnome-nappers left him at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport with a note suggesting that he would be in Texas for the next four weeks. But the note found with him at Sea-Tac also states that he will be in the Pacific Northwest during that time period.

“Interesting,” said Jeff Glueck, chief marketing officer for Travelocity. “Perhaps the gnome-nappers have decided that The Roaming Gnome will be commuting for the next month. It is really hard for me to speculate though. I just hope they took advantage of one of the many great deals on flights we have seen on Travelocity over the last few days in getting him up there.”

As at DFW, Sea-Tac passengers will have a chance to meet the charming, two-foot tall character over the course of the next month as he will roam baggage claim areas across Sea-Tac, including new carousels in the recently opened Concourse A. Sea-Tac, too, has designated a “Gnome Sitter” to be with The Roaming Gnome while he is there and travelers crossing paths with them will have the opportunity to take home a vacation photo with the gregarious-yet-silent statue and hear more about his adventures from the Gnome Sitter.

“We’re thrilled that the gnome-nappers decided Sea-Tac should be part of his world tour,” said Kottayam Natarajan, general manager of business development at Sea-Tac. “We’ve been busy over the last month with the opening of Concourse A and we look forward to him helping us show it off to travelers from all over the world. We also hope that The Roaming Gnome gets his fill of the great food at one of the brand new eateries we have opened in the concourse.”

The rotund, three-dimensional character, who hails from Great Britain and sports a pointy red hat, blue coat, and distinctive long, white beard, represents the spirit of Travelocity travelers with his adventurous, enthusiastic and fun-loving nature.

Travelocity’s Roaming Gnome has become a well-known media star, featured in a variety of national outlets. In the ads, The Roaming Gnome writes to his owner Bill, telling of his experiences while traveling, including cliff diving in Mexico, skiing the winter slopes, enjoying a stinky wedge of cheese in Quebec and flying — complete with eye covers.

About Travelocity

Travelocity’s industry-leading technology and straight-talking, honest information help travelers take more rewarding and affordable trips. With 44 million registered users and booking nearly $4 billion of travel in 2003, Travelocity negotiates thousands of low-priced deals with the world’s most reputable travel providers — top airlines, hotels, car rental companies, cruise lines, and other destination attractions and services. Additionally, Travelocity offers deeply-discounted rates for weekend getaways and dynamic packages through its Last Minute Deals and TotalTrip(SM) shopping engines, and provides customer service support over the phone 24 hours a day. Based in Southlake, Texas, Travelocity also operates Travelocity Business(SM) for corporate customers, powers international travel Web sites in eight languages, and has been recognized for its consumer advocacy and global leadership in online travel. More information about Travelocity is available at Travelocity is owned by Sabre Holdings Corporation (NYSE:TSG), a world leader in travel commerce. More information about Sabre Holdings is available at


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