Tourico Holidays Plans Put Partners First

Tourico Holidays

Tourico Holidays Plans Put Partners First.

The Innovative Travel Wholesaler Unveils Aggressive Expansion Plans and a Softer Side

ORLANDO, Florida – September 30, 2013: Tourico Holidays launched global expansion plans at a multi-city, event series entitled ‘TH Live!’ hosted in partnership with Hilton Worldwide on September 27, 2013. Announcing a goal of becoming a truly global company, Tourico’s strategies included expansion through non-hotel product lines, global product coverage and support bases, with all changes centered around the client.

The event was attended by nearly 100 of Tourico Holidays’ top clients and partners at Hilton® hotels in Sao Paulo, Mexico City, New York City and London. Long known for being innovative and data-driven, Tourico Holidays’ promised clients more transparency, improved ease of business, better support based locally and more product options.
Highlights included:

  1. Growing the ‘ExclusiveDeal’ business model, where they pre-buy room blocks, across more hotels such as a 340% increase in the Caribbean and to other product lines, such as buying out a full cruise ship departing in September 2014.
  2. A new Automated Mapping technology allowing Tourico Holidays to map hotel inventory via XML in under a week on behalf of the client saving time and money and freeing up the client’s technology resources to work on other projects.
  3. Faster response times to handle the company’s 90 Million searches per day.
  4. Expanding Destination Development team to improve both the quality and quantity of hotel product where each member will oversee no more than 150 and 300 hotels respectively with the expectation of targeted growth such as 40% in Orlando an 60% in Dubai.
  5. A newly decentralized Sales Team that will grow by 50% into 2014, including general and VIP support, marketing and technical roles based in market.

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World’s Largest Ferris wheel goes up on Vegas Strip.

World’s Largest Ferris wheel goes up on Vegas Strip

World’s Largest Ferris wheel goes up on Vegas Strip.
By Elisha Fieldstadt, NBC News.

World’s Largest Ferris Wheel erected in Las Vegas by Caesars Entertainment.

The outer shell of what will be the world’s biggest Ferris wheel was erected September 10 on the Las Vegas NV Strip, a locale already notorious for inducing sensory overload.

The top of the High Roller ride, placed across the street from Caesar’s Palace, will soar 55 stories over Sin City. When the new landmark is completed early next year, it will be adorned with 1,500 LED lights.

“It’s going to be an icon,” Project Director David Codiga told The Associated Press. “It’s going to be a part of your visit to Las Vegas NV if you ride it or not. It’s more or less impossible not to see it if you come here.”

The Ferris wheel is part of a $550 million plan — in addition to an outdoor plaza & mall — by Caesars Entertainment Corporation to lure more young people to Vegas. Each spin will cost tourists about $30, according to Caesars spokeswoman Christina Karas.
The massive Ferris wheel will not be what people remember from carnivals of their childhoods. Pods designed to transport 40 people will come with audio-visual components to accompany aerial views of the city during the half-hour rotation.

While the 550 foot ride will trump the current biggest Ferris Wheel, the Singapore Flyer, by 9 feet, it may only hold the record for a short time.

In 2012, New York City Mayor Bloomberg formally announced plans for a Staten Island Ferris wheel which, at 625 feet, would exceed the height of the Singapore Flyer, the London Eye & plans for the new wheel on the Las Vegas Strip. The plans just received community board approval earlier this summer.

TH Launches Travel Academy.

Tourico Holidays

TH Launches New Travel Academy.
The Tourico Holidays Travel Academy Welcomes its Inaugural Class in January 2014.

Taking Graduates from Go-Getter to Jet-Setter, Tourico Holidays Launches New Travel Academy

The Tourico Holidays Travel Academy Welcomes Inaugural Class in January 2014

ORLANDO, Fla. – September 25, 2013 – Building its brand among the next generation of college graduates, Tourico Holidays today announced its new educational venture: the Tourico Holidays Travel Academy. This travel industry-focused development program offers an exclusive opportunity for ambitious, business-minded graduates to gain a competitive edge in a travel and tourism career.

Launching in January 2014, the Tourico Holidays Travel Academy accepts 30 applicants per 10-week session and runs 4 sessions per year. The program grows leaders in key areas taught by executives, experienced travel professionals, and highly-qualified guest professors in the classroom; but it also provides exposure to the glamorous side of the travel industry through jet-setting field trips, hands-on projects and applicable workshops. Interested students must apply online and go through an interview process for selection into the program.

Similar to various Fortune 500 leadership development programs, this intensive training thoroughly prepares students for a career with Tourico Holidays. From the start of the program, students receive full benefits, base pay, housing, meal plan, laptops, cell phones and transportation and entertainment in the Orlando area. Upon completion, graduates interview for positions in Product Development, Sales, Marketing and Operations. Successful students are placed in a position based on their skills, personality and fit for culture. Every fully qualified and successful student will receive a job offer to join the Tourico Holidays team.

“Second only to education, the travel and tourism industry is the largest supplier of jobs worldwide with 1 in 12 jobs being travel related,” notes Tourico Holidays Founder and CEO, Uri Argov, “Today’s sad reality is that 1 in 11 recent college graduates face unemployment. The Tourico Holidays Travel Academy bridges the gap and sets a precedent for Tourico Holidays and the Travel Industry. Not only does this program give graduates the tools and training they need to succeed within our company, it also ensures our partners are benefiting from highly trained representatives in every department.”

The new post-graduate academy is launching a full scale university partnership campaign to collaborate with professors and recruit students in business, economic and entrepreneurial majors. Anyone interested in promoting or participating in the program can visit the Academy’s website.

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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, cruise lines, attractions, ground transportation and more. Tourico Holidays works on a high-volume, wholesale model to broker this inventory to over 4,500 clients in 100 countries using proprietary technology.

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Lauren Volcheff
VP of Marketing, Tourico Holidays


New and Easier Way to Book Vacation Rentals


New and Easier Way to Book Vacation Rentals.

First Fully Integrated Supply Chain by Industry Leaders Bookt and Tourico Holidays Finally Makes Vacation Rentals Available to Thousands of Travel Reselle.

HOLLYWOOD, FL (PRWEB) September 10, 2013 – Bookt LLC and Tourico Holidays have teamed up to supply Tourico’s 4,500+Travel Agencies, Tour Operators, Airlines and Credit Card Rewards resellers across 100 countries with thousands of high-quality and bookable short-term rental properties located in top city and resort locales worldwide.

“Consumers booked 5 million room nights last year through Tourico resellers,” said Robert Käll, CEO of Bookt. “With this partnership in place, these travelers finally have access to professionally managed vacation rentals which is the fastest growing lodging category today.” Käll added, “For the first time, high-quality holiday apartments, homes and resort condos are available from these resellers, and consumers get exactly the unit they are looking at online.”

Steve CaronTourico’s reseller network has high conversion based on trusted brand affiliation and members-only features. “We supply exclusive distribution to major U.S. and International credit card, bank and loyalty point-redemption companies and frequent flyer programs,” said Tourico Holidays VP Steve Caron. “Their affluent travelers want vacation rentals in all the best places worldwide and that is what we are giving them – now as easy to book as a hotel room via the Tourico platform.”

“Our clients typically experience over 75% year over year increase in booking revenue after switching to InstaManager,” said Matthew Hoffman, Sr. Vice President of Sales at Bookt. “A big reason for this is that our marketing tools make it easy for them to distribute their properties. Tourico’s unique wholesale channel makes that offering even better, and gives our clients significant opportunity for incremental bookings from completely new client segments.”

The Bookt-Tourico partnership means everybody in the vacation home supply chain, including the guest, get a better booking experience.

About Bookt

Bookt is a leader in cloud based services for the lodging industry. Our vacation rental manager clients, called InstaManagers, compete on 6 Continents and in 85+ Countries with Millions of Vacation Rental Nights Booked via the InstaManager system. Our cloud based platform directly drives revenue, manages resources, and provides business control for savvy lodging companies worldwide. Check out these User Reviews from global InstaManagers. For more information please contact 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 lodging, cruise lines, attractions, transportation and airlines. Tourico Holidays works on a high-volume, wholesale model to broker this inventory to over 4,500 clients in 100 countries using proprietary technology. For more information, visit