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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.

For more information, visit www.THTravelAcademy.com

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.

Press Contact:
Lauren Volcheff
VP of Marketing, Tourico Holidays
lauren@touricoholidays.com

 

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Tourico Holidays® Introduces Exclusive Bundle: T.H.E. Pass

Tourico Holidays

Tourico Holidays® Introduces Exclusive Bundle: T.H.E. Pass
In The News.

New Travel Package Offers Top Attractions in Major Cities in One Click.

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla (March 04, 2011) − Tourico Holidays® today unveiled T.H.E. Pass, a one-click travel package that allows easy booking of bundled top attractions in several major cities. All of the attractions have been hand-picked by Tourico Holiday travel experts, ensuring that vacationers will not miss out on popular attractions in top markets.

“Our research has shown that travelers spend more on what they do at a destination − activities, meals, shopping − than they do on their accommodations,” said Ofir Cohen, Executive Vice President of Strategic Development, Tourico Holidays. “This is why people travel − they want to experience a destination. With T.H.E Pass, travel professionals can more efficiently tap into this revenue stream.”

Currently, T.H.E. Pass is offered in 50 destinations, including New York, Las Vegas, Orlando, Miami, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New Orleans, Washington DC, Boston, Chicago, Toronto, Buenos Aires, Cancun, Paris, London, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Rome, Madrid, Istanbul, Dublin, Bangkok and Hong Kong and more.

In the near future, T.H.E. Pass will be offered in Seattle, Houston, Dallas, Denver, Cocoa Beach, San Juan, Reno, Brussels, Lisbon, Budapest, and more. Ultimately, T.H.E. Pass will be offered in hundreds of cities. Examples of possible bundles to show how T.H.E. Pass would work:

  • New York City − Unlimited Hop-on-Hop-off Tour, NYC 360 Virtual Viewing, Empire State Building Observatory, The Big Apple Helicopter Tour and Cruise the NY Skyline Boat Tour.
  • San Francisco − Golden Gate Cruise Adventure, Amazing Academy of Sciences Interactive Museum, Lights of San Fran Double Decker Tour and Afternoon Wine Tasting Tour.

In addition to T.H.E. Pass, Tourico Holidays offers 3,850 activities in 54 countries globally, with over 100 new attractions added every week.

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 4,300 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).

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

Sean Hixson
Weber Shandwick
(314) 552-6760
shixson@webershandwick.com

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New Relationship Adds 6,000…

Tourico Holidays

New Relationship Adds 6,000 Choice Hotels Properties
to Tourico Holidays’ 18,000-Strong Inventory

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. (November 16th, 2010) − A new direct connect between Tourico Holidays® and Choice Hotels allows for more than 6,000 Choice Hotels properties to be distributed through the global wholesale travel provider. Adding these properties to the 18,000-plus that Tourico Holidays already offers brings the company’s total merchant hotel agreements to more than 23,000.

This XML connectivity benefits Tourico Holidays’ customers by providing access to real-time pricing and inventory. “Tourico Holidays has long been known for its cutting-edge technology, and it has again allowed us to deliver this benefit to our customers,” said Asi Ginio, executive vice president of product development, Tourico Holidays. “We’ve invested $40 million into our technology over the past several years, and it shows when we’re able to get started on a new relationship like this very quickly. It opens up a new set of customers for Choice Hotels and gives our wholesale customers access to a full suite of great hotels in real time.”

Choice Hotels’ portfolio includes the Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality, Sleep Inn, Clarion, Cambria Suites, MainStay Suites, Suburban Extended Stay Hotel, Econo Lodge and Rodeway Inn brands.

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 4,300 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 Choice Hotels

Choice Hotels International, Inc. franchises more than 6,000 hotels, representing more than 485,000 rooms, in the United States and more than 35 other countries and territories. As of March 31, 2010, more than 600 hotels are under construction, awaiting conversion or approved for development in the United States, representing more than 52,000 rooms, and more than 100 hotels, representing approximately 8,200 rooms, are under construction, awaiting conversion or approved for development in more than 20 other countries and territories. The company’s Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality, Sleep Inn, Clarion, Cambria Suites, MainStay Suites, Suburban Extended Stay Hotel, Econo Lodge and Rodeway Inn brands serve guests worldwide. In addition, via its Ascend Collection membership program, travelers in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean have upscale lodging options at historic, boutique and unique hotels.

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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
shixson@webershandwick.com

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

Lisa Barker
HBSi, Inc.
(678) 391-3099
lbarker@hbsconnect.com

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LastMinuteTravel.com Survey Reveals…

Tourico Holidays

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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Tourico Holidays® Introduces New System Intelligence.

Tourico Holidays

Tourico Holidays® Introduces New System Intelligence,
Providing Unique Destination Insight

Latin American Travelers Lead the Charge on Booking Local Activities Across the Suite of Website Brands.

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. (May 17, 2010) − Building on its reputation of providing clients, suppliers and customers with optimum booking tools, Tourico Holidays® is simultaneously enhancing the online reservation flow and “Activities” offering across its travel booking Websites and XML connectivity. New custom-generated prompts will feature the four most-booked local attractions and the best value transportation services in the area, allowing travel professionals to spend less time researching destinations and more time assisting customers. The newly incorporated efficiencies will be a seamless addition to hotel searches in 20 of the top global destinations, including Orlando, Key West, Niagara Falls, San Francisco, Barcelona, Paris and Buenos Aires. The new feature is already available to all Tourico Holidays clients whether through White Lable, XML or TouricoHoldidays.com

Before completing guest information, destination-specific sidebars present travel professionals with insightful activities and transportation information, enabling travelers to maximize vacation time in the destination, as well as make the most of hard-earned dollars by featuring discounted attractions that are generally 25 percent below retail prices. From securing tickets for Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL; Cirque du Soleil’s “O” in Las Vegas, NV; the famed Opera Pampa in Buenos Aires, Argentina; or a tour of Marseilles, France, to coordinating airport transfers and car rental services, Tourico Holidays sites are a comprehensive vacation service portal.

Tourico Holidays currently boasts attraction offerings in 311 destinations worldwide, as well as transfer services in more than 70 cities and urban outskirts. To date, travelers based in Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, as well as Italy, make up the greatest percentage of buyers taking advantage of these vast online offerings by looking for activities within the United States. In 2009 alone, Tourico Holidays has grown its attractions business more than 90 percent.

All system enhancements are performed by Travel Global Systems (TGS), Tourico Holidays’ sister company and technology provider.

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.

Media Contacts:

Jennifer Tolchin
Senior Account Executive
Weber Shandwick
212-445-8336
jtolchin@webershandwick.com

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

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Amazing LastMinuteTravel.com deals

Tourico Holidays

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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Travel Holdings, Inc., Announces Strong Financial Results for 2009

Tourico Holidays

Travel Holdings, Inc.
Announces Strong Financial Results for 2009

Global Wholesale Travel Brokerage Company Continues to Grow, Add More Employees.

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. (May 3, 2010) – While much of the travel industry spent the last year working to recover from a down economy, Travel Holdings, Inc., continued to experience tremendous growth. The global wholesale travel brokerage company today announced its financial results for 2009, further establishing itself as a broker capable of delivering positive revenue results for its hotelier partners.

The company’s financial results for 2009 included the following:

  • A 16 percent increase in the total number of room nights booked over 2008
  • A 2 percent increase in top line revenue
  • A 23 percent increase in employee base, adding 106 new professionals to its staff worldwide
  • 2.5 million travel customers
  • An average of 43 travel searches per second on the company’s servers
  • An investment of $5 million in its technology, as the company has done for each of the last several years

Additionally, Travel Holdings delivered an average of $8.3 million per month to the hotel companies it partners with to provide deep discounts to travelers who book via the company’s online properties, TouricoHolidays.com, LastMinuteTravel.com and EasyClickTravel.com.

“Last year, while other companies made major structural downsizings due to their shrinking top lines, we were not only able to maintain our previous year’s top lines, but actually grew them by 2 percent,” states Bob Fischer, CFO for Travel Holdings, Inc., the parent company of Tourico Holidays, LastMinuteTravel.com and EasyClickTravel.com. “We also increased our total number of room nights by 16 percent and increased our employee base by 23 percent, while maintaining a healthy EBITDA, which is unheard-of in 2009, especially in the travel sector. When it comes to discretionary expenses, our philosophy continues to run ‘lean and mean’ implementing automation wherever possible to maintain a low cost per transaction and continued development of sophisticated data mining tools, as well as yield management automation to be utilized as our crystal ball to success. In our ever-changing environment, we have found the secret formula to achieving growth complemented by profits.”

The company is looking ahead to an even more robust set of results for 2010, as it is projecting to finish the year with $500 million in top-line revenue while providing travel services to more than 3.5 million consumers − which would mark a 40 percent increase in that number from 2009..

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®, Last Minute Travel® 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.

Media Contacts:

Bob Rybarczyk
Weber Shandwick
314-552-6731
brybarczyk@webershandwick.com

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

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Tourico Holidays® Stakes Its Claim as Leading Inbound Travel Provider

Tourico Holidays

Tourico Holidays® Stakes Its Claim as Leading Inbound Travel Provider
into London with an Exclusive Buyout of The Hyde Park Hotel

Expanding its growing role in the major tourist destination of London, company will have sole rights to all 68 rooms in London property starting in Februar.

LONDON, England (January 31, 2010) – Tourico Holidays® announced today that it will be the exclusive provider of 100 percent of the inventory at The Hyde Park Hotel in London. The agreement, which begins February 15, 2011, will allow Tourico Holidays the exclusive ability to offer its customers attractive deals on the modern, elegant three-star hotel in the Westbourne Grove area of London, within walking distance of Hyde Park.

The Hyde Park Hotel is the second property with which Tourico Holidays will have an exclusivity agreement, joining Astor On The Park in New York. Tourico Holidays continues to be the only company in the wholesale travel industry buying out 100 percent of hotels’ inventories.

The Hyde Park Hotel features 68 rooms and four different room configurations, ranging from a single room to a two-bedroom flat. It is situated in a quiet Victorian square close to Notting Hill as well as Kensington Palace, Portobello Road Market and Knightsbridge. The hotel offers long-term as well as short-term stays.

“These flagship Exclusive Deals are very exciting for us, and more importantly for our customers, because they provide us a wide range of flexibility in terms of what we can offer,” Amir Kalmar, VP of Global Sales and CMO. “These kinds of arrangements are an important focus for us, and we look to have more to announce in the future.”

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.

Mark Redmond
European PRB Manager
Tourico Holidays
+44 (0) 207 016 8931
Mark.Redmond@touricoholidays.com

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

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Tourico Holidays Upgrades Web Services With Full XML Platform

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Tourico Holidays Upgrades Web Services With Full XML Platform
As First Company To Fully Integrate XML, Tourico Holidays’ Customers To Enjoy Seamless Product Access

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla., (January 6, 2010) – Becoming the first and only travel company to launch a full XML platform, Tourico Holidays now offers its clients seamless access to multiple products across thousands of vacation destinations around the world. Unlike other travel providers, Tourico Holidays’ clients now enjoy access via XML to everything the company offers: more than 16,000 hotels, 3,300 activities, 11 cruise lines and four car-rental companies.

“The XML full upgrade is a perfect example of how Tourico Holidays continually seeks to offer our customers the latest technology and widest product selection,” said Amir Kalmar, Chief Marketing Officer of Travel Holdings, Inc., parent company of Tourico Holidays. “We now provide more than 600 global clients with inventory through XML connectivity.”

In order to make sure that every migration to their new XML platform is as smooth as possible, Tourico Holidays is providing a dedicated team of 14 specialists, who will serve as a single point of contact throughout the entirety of a client site’s development cycle, including development, testing, production, and optimizations. Once a site is up and running, the team of specialists will then provide 24/7 account management support at no additional cost.

“A full XML platform offers advantages that other kinds of technology simply can’t,” said Argov. “Speed, scalability, the modularity needed to bind to any existing system − this technology makes working with Tourico Holidays easier than ever.”

Travel service providers interested in learning more about Tourico Holidays and its new XML platform are encouraged to contact the company at info@touricoholidays.com. Current clients may contact their Tourico Holidays representative to start integrating these auxiliary travel products immediately.

About Tourico Holidays, Inc.

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 web sites and more than 16,000 merchant hotel agreements, operating in 23 languages in over 100 countries. As a supplier to over 2,500 tour operators and travel agents, Tourico Holidays operates and maintains global web sites and online interfaces that serve a large diversity of travel sellers.

Media Contacts:

Sean Hixson
Weber Shandwick
314-552-6760
shixson@webershandwick.com

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