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LastMinuteTravel.com Survey Reveals…

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LastMinuteTravel.com Survey Reveals
it’s All Work and No Play for Americans

When it comes to Vacation Days, the Premier Online Travel Site Makes it Easy and Affordable for Consumers to Use “Em not Lose Em”.

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. (June 21, 2010) − Last Minute Travel, the premier online travel booking site, is encouraging Americans to break the habit of not using all of their hard-earned vacations days and get online now as today marks the first day of summer. A new survey by LastMinuteTravel.com finds that close to half (45%) of working Americans did not maximize their vacation days in 2009; in fact, 39 percent admitted to losing 10 or more of those days. As we reach the halfway point of 2010, the survey finds that more than three-quarters (78%) of Americans plan to repeat this trend by leaving their paid vacation days on the table.

According to the survey, reasons for lost vacation days is that many find it difficult to take time away from work, coordinate family schedules or they cannot afford a “real vacation.” Nonetheless, working Americans yearn for time off and fantasize about the type of vacation they would take, time and money permitting: close to four in ten (35%) would choose a beach destination where they can relax and unwind; 19 percent would opt for an all-inclusive cruise; 16 percent would go to a family (theme-park) destination; and 15 percent would take a road trip across the country.

Survey Says: Americans Are Experiencing A Case of All Work and No Play:

Lost Moments: On average, Americans have more than half (58%) of their time off waiting to be enjoyed.

Costly Timing: More than half (51%) say that it’s just too difficult to coordinate schedules with family and friends while 30 percent rarely find the time to plan ahead to take time off.

The Busier the No Better: Some admit it is more about their jobs and less about personal situations. Almost half (47%) of those not planning to use all of their vacation days this year gripe that they’re simply too busy on the job to take time off. Others (29%) fear there would be too much work to catch up on when they return.

Money Matters: Four in ten (40%) confess they simply can’t afford a “real vacation.” More parents than non-parents (47% vs. 34%) who don’t plan on using all of their vacation days blame the inability to afford a vacation as the reason they’ll be left with paid time off when 2010 comes to and end.

LastMinuteTravel.com is enticing Americans to use “em or lose em” by making it easier and more affordable for consumers to put their hard earned vacation days to use. The site boasts unbeatable hotel prices, airlines and cruise deals, as well as a robust activities section that encompasses the world’s most popular destinations.

LastMinuteTravel.com offerings and services make vacation planning easy:

3-5 Star Hotels Under $100

Consumers longing for a plush hotel experience without leaving their budgets at the wayside will emerge successful on LastMinuteTravel.com. With 17,000 hotel partners in more than 2,500 cities worldwide, travelers can book affordable trips to hot spots like Orlando, San Juan, Honolulu and Cancun with unbeatable 3-5 star properties—such as InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, Hyatt, Hilton and the Trump Collection to name a few—all for under $100. From a 3-star hotel in Miami starting at $68 a night to a 4-star property in Toronto starting at $95 a night, savvy travelers will reap additional savings over competitors like Priceline and Hotwire 50 percent of the time.

Activities in Advance

For those Americans who say it’s too difficult to coordinate family and friends’ schedules or who rarely find the time to plan ahead, leave it to LastMinuteTravel.com to do the legwork. The site features a robust tourist activities section in each web site property for customers. The section includes tickets/reservations to more than 2,300 attractions in 80 different travel destinations, allowing online bookers to conveniently plan enjoyable trips with the benefits of lower prices. Examples range from discounted tickets to Cirque de Soleil’s “O” in Las Vegas and Broadway’s “The Lion King” to a tour through Wine Country to bargains on one-day passes to Orlando’s Sea World. The activities section feature enables travelers to efficiently plan their itineraries in advance without the hassle of coordinating during the vacation.

Something for Everyone

LastMinuteTravel.com has something for everyone, offering vacation packages, airlines tickets, hotel accommodations, car rentals, and cruises. With tens of thousands of deals and inventory that offers a wide variety of destinations and pricing options, LastMinuteTravel.com is a valuable resource for those who don’t take time away nearly as much as they desire. The site’s proprietary technology and global travel relationships provide customers with the most up-to-date and competitive rates on the best hotel and airfare combinations. All listed hotels come with star ratings, full descriptions, driving directions and many with images so travelers can explore before booking, making the booking process much easier.

LastMinuteTravel.com’s Top Beach Destinations Booked in 2009/2010:

  1. Miami
  2. San Diego
  3. Los Angeles
  4. Fort Lauderdale
  5. San Juan

LastMinuteTravel.com’s Top 5 Most Affordable Destinations Booked in 2009/2010:

  1. Las Vegas

About LastMinuteTravel.com®

LastMinuteTravel.com® (LastMinuteTravel.com) is the premier online website to book last minute prices in advance. Offering vacation packages, airline tickets, hotel accommodations, car rentals, and cruises, the site provides the best rates in advance and up to the very last second. With tens of thousands of Last Minute Travel deals and inventory that offers a wide variety of destinations and pricing options, LastMinuteTravel.com® has become a go-to resource for today’s time-starved traveler.

LastMinuteTravel.com® (LastMinuteTravel.com) is a brand owned by Travel Holdings, Inc.®(Travel Holdings, Inc.), a worldwide travel distribution company.

Lauren Volcheff
Vice President of Marketing
Travel Holdings, Inc.
407-667-8700 x7355
Lauren@touricoholidays.com

Celia de la Llama
Senior Account Executive
Weber Shandwick
212-445-8240
cdelallama@webershandwick.com

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Amazing LastMinuteTravel.com deals

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Amazing LastMinuteTravel.com deals
just in time for Memorial Day Weekend!

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. (May 17, 2010) − As hopeful vacationers gear up for summer and look forward to some R&R, LastMinuteTravel.com has identified the top 10 U.S. destinations being booked this Memorial Day weekend. To help make travel planning stress-free, the premier travel booking site offers “can’t miss” deals that fall below competitor prices more than half the time. In addition to unbeatable rates, LastMinuteTravel.com boasts a section devoted to highlighting the most popular local activities and allows vacationers to maximize their hard-earned vacation dollars by making arrangements in advance.

Whether it is a weekend away with friends or a family vacation, travelers can take advantage of unbeatable deals coast to coast while staying at three-, four- and five-star properties of illustrious brands such as the Trump Collection, InterContinental Hotels & Resorts and Hilton Hotels. To name just a few examples, a 5-star Las Vegas hotel starts at $129/night; 4-star hotel in Orlando starts at $81/night; and a 3-star hotel in Los Angeles starts at $50/night. Families seeking a fun last-minute getaway will be relieved to know LastMinuteTravel.com offers more than 30 hotels within Walt Disney World and the Orlando area boasting prices as low as $39/night for a 3.5-star property,

Top Ten Most Popular Memorial Day Weekend hot spots for 2010:

  1. Las Vegas
  2. Miami
  3. San Francisco
  4. Orlando
  5. Chicago
  6. Seattle
  7. New York
  8. Los Angeles
  9. San Diego
  10. San Juan

We hope you’ll be able to steer your readers to www.LastMinuteTravel.com as they begin to book their travel plans for the long holiday weekend.

Media Contacts:

Lauren Volcheff
Travel Holdings, Inc.
407-667-8700 x7355
Lauren@touricoholidays.com

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LastMinuteTravel.com is First Online Travel Agent to Launch Internet Campaign

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LastMinuteTravel.com is First Online Travel Agent to Launch Internet Campaign
with Dapper MashupAds

ORLANDO, Fla. – In the first advertising alliance of its kind, LastMinuteTravel.com Continue reading

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The Houston Chronicle Highlights LastMinuteTravel.com

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The Houston Chronicle Highlights LastMinuteTravel.com
Poll Question: ‘You had what in your Ziploc bag?’

ORLANDO, Fla. (January 20, 2008) − In a recent article titled “You had what in your bag?” the Houston Chronicle discussed one of LastMinuteTravel.com’s recent poll questions that asked consumers to “spill it” for a chance to win a last-minute getaway. After submitting answers to poll questions online, consumers are automatically entered to win a last-minute trip, which includes roundtrip airfare and a complimentary two-night stay at one of the booking site’s luxurious hotels.

The article discloses the poll’s results in the newspaper’s “Air Travel” section, revealing that the majority of respondents name “underwear” as the most embarrassing item they’ve had displayed by airport security. The Houston Chronicle is the 9th largest U.S. daily newspaper, boasting a circulation of 503,114.

About LastMinuteTravel.com

Last Minute Travel (www.LastMinuteTravel.com), a wholly owned subsidiary of Travel Holdings, Inc., is the premier online website for Last Minute Travel deals offering cheap travel packages, discounted airfare, bargains on hotel accommodations, car rentals, cruise specials and more to the top traveled destinations worldwide. A pioneer in selling and marketing online travel, LastMinuteTravel.com allows travelers to find the best deals at the last possible moment, as hotel rates can change every second.

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LastMinuteTravel.com Named as One of South Florida Sun-Sentinel’s Best Sites for Cheap Seats

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LastMinuteTravel.com Named as One of South Florida Sun-Sentinel’s
Best Sites for Cheap Seats.

ORLANDO, Fla. (January 15, 2008) – Sun-Sentinel.com, the online version of top 50 ranked newspaper South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Continue reading

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LastMinuteCruises.com Listed in the Washington Post

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LastMinuteCruises.com Listed in the Washington Post
As a Top Cruise Deal for Travel by Sea

ORLANDO, Fla. (October 11, 2007) − The Washington Post has recently featured online cruise booking site, LastMinuteCruises.com, in an article titled “What’s the Deal? The week’s best travel bargains around the globe, by land, sea and air.” Explaining details of the site’s current special on last-minute cruises to Bermuda this September and October, the article provides readers with a sample rate, departure date, port, and cruise line offered by the site, providing a 50% cost savings of US$551 to Caribbean-bound travelers.

The Washington Post is ranked as one of the top 10 newspapers in the United States based on a circulation to 669,130 households. The article, written by Andrea Sachs, is included in the newspaper’s September 9, 2007, edition.

About LastMinuteTravel.com

Last Minute Travel (www.lastminutetravel.com), a wholly owned subsidiary of Travel Holdings, Inc., is the premier online Web site for Last Minute Travel deals offering airline tickets, hotel accommodations, vacation packages, car rentals and cruises. A pioneer in selling and marketing online travel, LastMinuteTravel.com allows travelers to find the best deals at the last possible moment, as hotel rates can change every second.

About Travel Holdings, Inc.

Travel Holdings, Inc. (www.travelholdings.com) is among the largest and fastest growing privately held tour operators serving the global travel market, with contracting and sales operations in North America, South America, Europe and Asia. The company serves the B2B, B2C, Group, Affiliate and Corporate Travel sectors and operates its own travel technology company, Travel Global Systems, headquartered in Tel Aviv.

Media Contacts:

Amanda Patrick
Account Executive, Ypartnership Public Relations
Amanda.Patrick@ypartnership.com
(407) 838-1829

Lauren Volcheff
Marketing Director, Travel Holdings, Inc.
(407) 667-8700 ext. 7355
Lauren@travelholdings.com

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Readers of Redbook Magazine List LastMinuteTravel.com as…

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Readers of Redbook Magazine List LastMinuteTravel.com
as an Online Resource for Living a Posh Travel Lifestyle on Less

ORLANDO, Fla. (October 11, 2007) – Redbook magazine recently featured 15 tips from readers on “How to Live Large on Less: Scrimp-Free Strategies for Achieving A Posh Lifestyle – On a Shoestring!” In one reader’s tip about finding the best travel deals at a moment’s notice, LastMinuteTravel.com is listed as one of three online resources for finding bargains on airfare and hotel accommodates to luxurious and exotic locales last-minute, including such international destinations as Fiji and Australia.

Redbook is designed as a guide to entertain and inform young married women about fashion, beauty, marriage, sex, motherhood, celebrities and news topics. In addition to its online readership, the magazine boasts a monthly circulation of 2,374,237 readers.

About LastMinuteTravel.com

Last Minute Travel (www.lastminutetravel.com), a wholly owned subsidiary of Travel Holdings, Inc., is the premier online Web site for Last Minute Travel deals offering airline tickets, hotel accommodations, vacation packages, car rentals and cruises. A pioneer in selling and marketing online travel, LastMinuteTravel.com allows travelers to find the best deals at the last possible moment, as hotel rates can change every second.

About Travel Holdings, Inc.

Travel Holdings, Inc. (www.travelholdings.com) is among the largest and fastest growing privately held tour operators serving the global travel market, with contracting and sales operations in North America, South America, Europe and Asia. The company serves the B2B, B2C, Group, Affiliate and Corporate Travel sectors and operates its own travel technology company, Travel Global Systems, headquartered in Tel Aviv.

Media Contacts:

Amanda Patrick
Account Executive, Ypartnership Public Relations
Amanda.Patrick@ypartnership.com
(407) 838-1829

Lauren Volcheff
Marketing Director, Travel Holdings, Inc.
(407) 667-8700 ext. 7355
Lauren@travelholdings.com

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LastMinuteTravel.com Included in the San Francisco Chronicle

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LastMinuteTravel.com Included in the San Francisco Chronicle
as Convenient Online Resource for Business Travelers

ORLANDO, Fla. (October 11, 2007) − The article “10 Ways to Regain Some Control of Your Business Travel Expenses” was published to include online travel booking site LastMinuteTravel.com in the Wednesday, June 27, 2007, edition of the San Francisco Chronicle. “Search for Web Bargains” the article’s second tip, lists LastMinuteTravel.com among six popular online resources for business travelers to easily find reasonably priced airline tickets, hotel accommodations, and rental cars online.

Published both in print and online, the San Francisco Chronicle reaches 386,564 households per day with a circulation that stretches from the Oregon border to Santa Barbara and Silicon Valley. The newspaper’s online edition, www.SFGate.com, additionally generates over 76 million page views per month, ranking as the number one newspaper site in Northern California.

About LastMinuteTravel.com

Last Minute Travel (www.lastminutetravel.com), a wholly owned subsidiary of Travel Holdings, Inc., is the premier online Web site for Last Minute Travel deals offering airline tickets, hotel accommodations, vacation packages, car rentals and cruises. A pioneer in selling and marketing online travel, LastMinuteTravel.com allows travelers to find the best deals at the last possible moment, as hotel rates can change every second.

About Travel Holdings, Inc.

Travel Holdings, Inc. (www.travelholdings.com) is among the largest and fastest growing privately held tour operators serving the global travel market, with contracting and sales operations in North America, South America, Europe and Asia. The company serves the B2B, B2C, Group, Affiliate and Corporate Travel sectors and operates its own travel technology company, Travel Global Systems, headquartered in Tel Aviv.

Media Contacts:

Amanda Patrick
Account Executive, Ypartnership Public Relations
Amanda.Patrick@ypartnership.com
(407) 838-1829

Lauren Volcheff
Marketing Director, Travel Holdings, Inc.
(407) 667-8700 ext. 7355
Lauren@travelholdings.com

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LastMinuteTravel.com partners with AIG Travel Guard

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LastMinuteTravel.com partners with AIG Travel Guard
Online travel web site now offers clients customized travel insurance

Orlando, February 20, 2007 – LastMinuteTravel.com, an online web site for last-minute travel deals offering airline tickets, hotel accommodations, vacation packages, car rentals and cruises, now offers its clients customized travel insurance plans through AIG Travel Guard, the nation’s leading provider of travel insurance and assistance plans.

The travel insurance for LastMinuteTravel.com clients includes an international air ticket program, hotel and excursion plan, vacation/cruise package and a budget program for domestic airline tickets. Coverage varies by plan and includes trip cancellation, emergency medical, medical evacuation, baggage, baggage delay and travel delay. All of the plans include AIG Travel Guard’s comprehensive 24/7-travel assistance and Livetravel emergency services.

“With tens of thousands of last-minute travel deals and a wide variety of destinations and price points available for immediate purchase, LastMinuteTravel.com provides our frequent and affluent leisure travelers with the best value for their travel investment,” said Alan Greenberg, chairman and chief executive officer for Travel Holdings, Inc., the parent company of LastMinuteTravel.com. “The travel insurance programs we now offer through AIG Travel Guard are a natural extension of this value proposition. The programs are customized for the types of travel that our clients book on our site and provide not only financial coverage in the event of a cancellation, but coverage for medical emergencies, baggage and a 24/7 travel hotline anywhere in the world, anytime of the day.”

About LastMinuteTravel.com

LastMinuteTravel.com is owned by Travel Holdings, Inc., one of the most distinctive and expansive travel distribution companies in the world. The company was created in early 2004 through the merger of Tourico Holidays, Inc., LastMinuteTravel.com and Travel Global Systems. Headquartered in Orlando and with technology operations in Tel Aviv, Travel Holdings serves wholesale, consumer and trade customers in 122 countries. The company is a multi-channel distributor, marketing its inventory through virtually every segment of the online travel sector, including retail, wholesale, group, travel agent, corporate and affiliates.

The travel insurance offered through AIG Travel Guard is underwritten by American Home Assurance Company or National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh, Pa., with their principal place of business in New York, NY. Both of these companies are members of the AIG Companies®. The policies contain reductions, limitations, exclusions, and termination provisions. Not all coverages are available in every state.

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