Tourico Holidays announces partnership with Accor


Tourico Holidays announces partnership with Accor

ORLANDO, Fla. − November 15, 2012 − Tourico Holidays today announced a new partnership with Accor Hotels that allows for the company’s portfolio to be distributed through the worldwide travel wholesaler. This agreement will offer clients an even greater variety of hotels and destinations globally.

As the newest addition to Tourico Holidays’ Direct Connect Program, Accor has rolled out 400 hotels initially in key cities around the world with the goal of 1,200 hotels across 92 countries within the next 2 years. This includes Sofitel, Novotel, Mercure, MGallery, ibis and others. Through Tourico Holidays’ Direct Connect Program, clients have access to consistent, branded products, real time and last-minute availability and seamless commission and net-based model. With over 15,000 properties across 5,000 cities worldwide available through Direct Connect, tour operators and other travel businesses can get the destination coverage they need.

“This is a very exciting partnership between Europe’s largest hotel and the fastest growing travel wholesaler in Europe,” comments Dermot Quigley, EVP of Global Product Development. “With a 40% growth in Europe last year, this Direct Connect partnership will solidify Tourico Holidays’ place in the European market place by providing our clients with Accor’s impressive products, promotions and translated content.”

“Accor is proud to announce this new partnership offering dynamic inventory and real-time rates and availability to Tourico Holidays’ global client base’ states Steven Eidelberg, Senior Director of Sales, Leisure & Group for Accor Global Sales NA. “Accor continues to rapidly expand across the globe, opening almost 1 hotel per day. As we grow, it is imperative to develop connectivity with our strategic partners such as Tourico Holidays.”

Tourico Holidays currently has Direct Connect partnerships with over 10 chains covering more than 115 countries: Hilton Worldwide, InterConitinental Hotels Group, Best Western®, Choice Hotels®, Caesars Entertainment®, Minotel, Sandals® Resorts and more. Easily accessible through all Tourico Holidays booking channels, the comprehensive, branded-inventory is impeccably integrated into the existing inventory on, White Label and Host-to-Host connections.

Tourico Holidays Shows NYC Some Love

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Tourico Holidays Shows NYC Some Love
Worldwide Wholesaler Supports New York Tourism by Offering Travel Reductions and Incentives

ORLANDO, Fla. – November 15, 2012 – Tourico Holidays, a worldwide travel wholesaler, today announced the launch of its “Tourico Holidays Loves NY” campaign, intended to help reinvigorate New York City tourism in the wake of superstorm Sandy. The campaign, which will run through March 2013, is comprised of a series of promotions, rate reductions and client incentives that will serve as a spark for tourism sales in New York City and its surrounding areas.

New York City tourism has been hard-hit by the disruption of Sandy – despite the fact that the storm’s damage was limited largely to the city’s financial district, and that other areas of New York City remain open for business. In an effort to support the recovery of area tourism, Tourico Holidays has pooled all of its resources to create the most attractive prices possible for its ExclusiveDeal, hotel, attraction, and transfer products. Tourico Holidays customers can currently access the following inventory as part of the “Tourico Holidays Loves NY” campaign:

  • 36 ExclusiveDeals − pre-purchased room blocks such as the $10M deal at the Grand Hyatt
  • Discounts across 1,000 room nights every day, such as $60 off the Crowne Plaza Times Square
  • Up to 60% off activities and transfers, such as shopping tours and “hop-on – hop-off” buses

“As a Florida-based business, we’re sensitive to the hurricane recovery effort and we understand how a disruption of this magnitude can wreak havoc on local tourism,” said Amir Kalmar, CMO and EVP of Global Sales for Tourico Holidays. “Our campaign is intended to revive our clients’ love affair with the world’s most lively city – and illustrate that New York is just as vibrant as ever. Now is the time to rebuild the tourism presence and throw our full support behind the city that so many rely on for their livelihood.”

Since 2011, Tourico Holidays has grown its travel bookings in the New York City market by nearly 20% year-over-year. For more information about Tourico Holidays and the “Tourico Holidays Loves NY” campaign, ask your Tour Operator or visit:

About Tourico Holidays

Tourico Holidays, a subsidiary of Travel Holdings, Inc., is a leading global travel distribution company that contracts directly with travel providers, such as hotel chains, cruise lines, attractions and more. Tourico Holidays works on a high-volume, wholesale model to broker this inventory to over 4,600 clients in 100 countries using proprietary technology.

Caesars Entertainment to Open The Linq.

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Caesars Entertainment to Open The Linq.
$550 million leisure district to open in 2013.

A new US$550m leisure district – The Linq – on the Las Vegas Strip is gearing up for its launch in 2013.

Owned and operated by Caesars Entertainment Corporation, The Linq will span more than 200,000sq ft. (18,580sq m) and is comprised of retail, dining, beverage and entertainment experiences. The project was designed by Washington D.C-based firm David M. Schwarz Architects and the architect of record is Las Vegas-based Klai Juba Architects.

Caesars has retained Caruso Affiliated, owner and operator of Los Angeles shopping distract The Grove, as the leasing agent for the project.

The focal point will be a giant observation wheel – The Las Vegas High Roller. It is set to be the world’s tallest wheel yet at 550ft, eclipsing both the London Eye and the Singapore Flyer. Designed as transparent spheres, the 28 cabins can each accommodate up to 40 people.

The Hettema Group designed the wheel attraction that will take 30 minutes to complete one full revolution. The High Roller will have the capacity to accommodate 2,240 passengers per hour and 10 million annually.

It will be erected at the rear of The Linq entertainment district and will face north and south, parallel to Las Vegas Boulevard.

The Linq will bring upgrades to three, large mid-Strip Caesars Entertainment resorts and O’Shea’s casino. On the Linq’s north side, a path will lead from the Carnaval Court outdoor plaza at Harrah’s Las Vegas resort through the Imperial Palace Hotel and Casino and to The Linq.

A pedestrian connection will also be built from The Linq into Flamingo Las Vegas on the south.