Tourico Holidays Plans Put Partners First

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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.

To view the presentations and videos, visit: https://exclusive.touricoholidays.com/thlive/.


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 TouricoHolidays.com, White Label and Host-to-Host connections.


Tourico Holidays’ Announces Philanthropic Partnership…

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Tourico Holidays Announces Philanthropic Partnership
with Give Kids The World Village

ORLANDO, Fla. (June 30, 2012) − Tourico Holidays, Inc., a worldwide travel wholesaler with a history of philanthropic giving, today announced that it has adopted Give Kids the World Village as their official philanthropic partner. Give Kids The World Village is a 70-acre, non-profit “storybook” resort, located near Central Florida’s most beloved attractions, where children with life-threatening illnesses and their families are treated to week-long, cost-free fantasy vacations.

By partnering with Give Kids the World Village, Tourico Holidays is able to deepen its charitable roots with a cause that is local to its Orlando-area headquarters.

“Tourico Holidays has been a long-time supporter of Give Kids the World, but we wanted to establish a deeper commitment to the charity by serving as a true partner,” said Uri Argov, CEO of Tourico Holidays. “Being local to their operations means we are able to provide the hands-on assistance and additional business resources the organization may need. We’re also happy to be serving some of the inspirational families that visit Give Kids the World Village − and give them a unique Orlando experience.”

As part of its commitment to Give Kids the World Village, Tourico Holidays has initiated a company-wide program that includes the automatic withdrawal for employee donations with a company match, “Work Week” volunteer windows, and a Volunteer of the Year award.

“The Give Kids The World vacation is about offering each wish child the opportunity to participate in as many exceptional experiences as possible during a weeklong dream escape” mentions Mitch Goldberg, Director of Development for Give Kids the World. “The Give Kids The World vacation is about offering each wish child the opportunity to participate in as many exceptional experiences as possible during a weeklong dream escape,” states Pamela Landwirth, President of Give Kids The World. “As an international vacation provider involved in some of the most meaningful vacations imaginable, Tourico Holidays is the perfect partner for Give Kids The World.”

About Tourico Holidays

Tourico Holidays is the fastest growing worldwide wholesale travel provider with more than 150 international distribution websites, more than 23,000 merchant hotel agreements, and operating globally in 23 languages.

Jeff Pecor
Press Contact
Tailwind PR

Lauren Volcheff
Vice President of Marketing
Travel Holdings, Inc.


Tourico Holidays® Partners With HBSi

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Tourico Holidays® Partners With HBSi,
Expanding Connectivity to Tourico Hotel Supply

Tourico Holidays’ 17,000+ direct global hotel contracts will be integrated with HBSi’s IDemand Gateway.

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. (August 05, 2010) − Adding a key business partner to ease access to Tourico Holidays’ expanding line of global hotel offerings, the global wholesale travel brokerage company is now integrating with HBSi, an IBS Group company.

“Enhancing connectivity to Tourico Holidays’ hotel stock, this partnership will take our more than 17,000 merchant hotel agreements in over 2,500 destinations through the HBSi iDemand Gateway, allowing HBSi customers to buy our worldwide supply through their existing HBSi connection,” said Asi Ginio, EVP Product Development for Travel Holdings, Inc., parent company of Tourico Holidays.

The HBSi platform will provide speed and versatility for both Tourico Holidays and its customers, including easier access to better hotel rates, ultimately giving consumers a better value when making travel plans. Additionally, HBSi technology will increase revenue for both Tourico Holidays and its suppliers by expanding business-to-business distribution in a seamless environment.

“We’re excited to partner with a growing industry leader like Tourico Holidays and improve online access and connectivity options to Tourico Holidays’ hotel suppliers,” said Greg Berman, HBSi’s Chief Operating Officer. “Most importantly, this agreement will allow HBSi’s existing and future distribution partners to receive a more diverse, unique and attractive hotel portfolio.”

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 17,000 merchant hotel agreements, operating in 23 languages in over 100 countries. As a supplier to over 4,300 tour operators and travel agents, Tourico Holidays operates and maintains global websites and online interfaces that serve a large diversity of travel sellers.

About Travel Holdings®

Travel Holdings, Inc.® (www.travelholdings.com), one of the most distinctive and expansive travel distribution companies in the world, was created in early 2004 through the merger of Tourico Holidays®, LastMinuteTravel.com® and Travel Global Systems (TGS). Travel Holdings® uses proprietary technology to supply travel inventory at competitive pricing, integrating with all segments of the online travel industry including retail, wholesale, group, travel agents, corporate and affiliates. The company is a truly global organization with headquarters in Orlando and additional local offices across the United States, South America, Europe and Asia.

About HBSi

HBSi, an IBS Group company, works with both hotel companies and distribution outlets to provide a flexible and affordable channel management and connectivity platform. HBSi focuses on speed to market, direct connections and improved distribution management, as well as software integration services. HBSi’s hotel customers represent more than 15,000 hotels in over 50 countries worldwide, including Elite Island Resorts, Fairmont, Harrah’s, Kerzner, Raffles, Sandals and SuperClubs. The company’s travel partners include Travelocity, Expedia, Orbitz and Booking.com. For more information, visit www.hotelbookingsolutions.com.

Media Contacts:

Sean Hixson
Weber Shandwick
(314) 552-6760

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

Lisa Barker
HBSi, Inc.
(678) 391-3099


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.