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TH Expands its Direct Connect Network of Branded Hotels

Tourico Holidays

TH Expands its Direct Connect Network of Branded Hotels
Leading travel wholesaler grows its dynamic hotel pricing capabilities and makes inventory more accessible for clients around the world

ORLANDO, Fla. − October 1, 2012 − Tourico Holidays, a worldwide travel wholesaler, today announced that is has expanded its network of Direct Connect hotel partners to over 13 branded chains covering more than 125 countries. Newly added and expanded partners such as IHG® (InterContinental Hotels Group), Wyndham Hotel Group and Choice Hotels International® will now join existing Direct Connect partners, including Hilton Worldwide, Packlate Vacation Homes, Best Western®, Caesars Entertainment®, Sandals and more. Since early 2011, Tourico Holidays has added over 20,000 hotel properties across 5,500 cities worldwide to its Direct Connect inventory, and the company currently projects to add another 10,000 hotels before the end of 2012.

As a result of Tourico Holidays’ aggressive Direct Connect initiative, its travel distribution clients now have access to real-time pricing and booking data for branded hotel products around the world. Clients now also have greater visibility into last-minute availability as well as flash-sale pricing and other promotions.

The entire Tourico Holidays hotel inventory − including the newest partner data − can be accessed through the company’s current booking channels, including www.Touricoholidays.com and Host-to-Host XML connectivity. Tourico Holidays can also provide custom distribution solutions for travel technology companies, including a while-label solution that conveniently hosts its entire travel inventory.

“These Direct Connect partnerships are meant to supplement Tourico Holidays’ 23,000 individual hotel contracts and add even more depth to our destination offerings,” said Dermot Quigley, EVP of Global Product Development. “The Direct Connect relationship allows the hotel chain to seamlessly offer dynamic pricing and inventory while giving the tour operator the benefit of branded products at the right price.”

“Hilton Worldwide chose Tourico Holidays as its first Direct Connect partner in the United States because our companies a share a common goal: To deliver a superior e-commerce solution featuring dynamic hotel inventory with real time rates and availability to wholesale clients,” said Carol Brock, Director of Sales, Hilton Worldwide. “The Direct Connect has really evolved over the years at the request of Tourico Holidays making for an even better global product offering for the company’s clients.”

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.

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Tourico Holidays Implements American Airlines Direct Connect®

Tourico Holidays

Tourico Holidays Implements American Airlines
Direct Connect®

FORT WORTH, Texas, and ORLANDO, Fla. (June 13, 2012) − American Airlines announced today that global wholesale travel provider Tourico Holidays has implemented American’s direct connect − a technology link that offers travel providers access to American’s fares, schedules and customized travel products and services.

“American’s direct connect technology will allow Tourico Holidays to offer our customers the latest in exclusive travel innovations, like American’s current Preferred Seats and upcoming Main Cabin Extra products, in a personalized and interactive fashion,” said Jason Soss, President of Global Business Development for Tourico Holidays.

Travel providers can aggregate personalized travel products and services from American’s direct connect with information from other technology sources to produce a single integrated display of travel options, as Tourico Holidays elected to do in agent displays as well as its customer-facing websites.

Tourico Holidays has been using the link to issue American tickets for the past four months.

Additional details were not disclosed.

About American Airlines

American Airlines, American Eagle and the AmericanConnection® carrier serve 260 airports in more than 50 countries and territories with, on average, more than 3,500 daily flights. The combined network fleet numbers more than 900 aircraft. American’s award-winning website, AA.com®, provides users with easy access to check and book fares, plus personalized news, information and travel offers. American Airlines is a founding member of the oneworld® alliance, which brings together some of the best and biggest names in the airline business, enabling them to offer their customers more services and benefits than any airline can provide on its own. Together, its members and members-elect serve more than 900 destinations with more than 9,000 daily flights to 150 countries and territories. American Airlines, Inc. and American Eagle Airlines, Inc. are subsidiaries of AMR Corporation. AmericanAirlines, American Eagle, AmericanConnection, AA.com, and AAdvantage are trademarks of American Airlines, Inc. AMR Corporation common stock trades under the symbol “AAMRQ” on the OTCQB marketplace, operated by OTC Markets Group. Coercive

About Tourico Holidays

Tourico Holidays (www.TouricoHolidays.com) is a subsidiary of Travel Holdings, Inc., a worldwide travel distribution company. Tourico Holidays is a global wholesale travel provider with over 150 international distribution websites and more than 23,000 merchant hotel agreements, operating in 23 languages in over 100 countries. As a supplier to over 4,400 tour operators and travel agents, Tourico Holidays operates and maintains global websites and online interfaces that serve a large diversity of travel sellers.

Corporate Communications
American Airlines
Fort Worth, Texas
817-967-1577
mediarelations@aa.com

Lauren Volcheff
Vice President of Marketing
Travel Holdings, Inc.
212-880-2942
Lauren@touricoholidays.com