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A weak euro provides strong opportunities for tourism in Europe.

A weak euro provides strong opportunities for tourism in Europe | Tourico Holidays

A weak euro provides strong opportunities for tourism in Europe.
Tourico Holidays brings travelers from all around the world to Germany.

A weak euro provides strong opportunities for tourism in Europe

Tourico Holidays brings travelers from all around the world to Germany

Orlando, Florida. February 2015 – The recent currency fluctuations have been wreaking havoc on vacation planning around the world, causing travelers to rethink their original plans. While long-distance travel is becoming more expensive for German tourists, Germany itself is becoming an increasingly attractive travel destination for long-distance travelers abroad. The globally active, American travel wholesaler Tourico Holidays sees this trend as a major opportunity for German hoteliers and tour operators.

As one of the world’s leading travel wholesalers, Tourico Holidays works directly with tourism providers such as hotels, cruise lines, attractions, transportation companies, and tour operators; this strong wholesale network allows them to provide travel offers to more than 4,900 customers in 100 countries. “American or Asian tourists can access the most current and attractive offers from Europe via our global booking system”, explained XY from Tourico Holidays. “This presents great potential for German hoteliers and other travel providers.”

The tourism industry has already begun to register a large demand for trips to now-affordable European countries. More than 1.3 million overnight guests travel to Germany annually from China alone, the most important Asian source market. Tourism experts are predicting that favorable exchange rates will lead to a further increase in the already growing interest in travel to Europe and Germany.

A German vacation is once again on the radar for visitors from distant countries, and Tourico Holidays has the necessary resources to bring travelers to Germany quickly and easily. “We can only encourage all German tour operators to take advantage of the favorable exchange rate and become more involved in non-euro markets by working with us”, advised XY from Tourico Holidays. “We look forward to providing travelers from all over the world with even more offers from European countries through our booking system.”

Tourico Holidays already offers 9,000 unique travel experiences like hotel stays, flights, cruises, vacation home rentals, sightseeing tours, adventure activities, and group travel in more than 90 countries. In addition to its global headquarters in Orlando, Florida, the travel wholesaler has 29 offices spread across five continents and employs over 560 people.

ITB Berlin | Tourico HolidaysMallory Thomas, Regional Marketing Manager: EMEA, looks forward to speaking with you personally from March 4-6 in Berlin at the ITB (Hall 9, booth 111) about the currency issue as well as news, trends, and other current developments. Tourico Holidays looks forward to your visit!
Please contact Daniel Barchet to set up a meeting at the ITB: dbarchet@bundbmedien.de.

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TH Holds the Key to ‘Book by the Door’ Vacation Homes.

Vacation Homes | Tourico Holidays

TH Holds the Key to ‘Book by the Door’ Vacation Homes
Opportunity Knocks for Global Tour Operators to sell One-of-a-Kind Product

Tourico Holidays Holds the Key to ‘Book by the Door’ Vacation Homes

Opportunity Knocks for Global Tour Operators to sell One-of-a-Kind Product.

ORLANDO, Fla. – March 13, 2014 – Augmenting their impressive offering of Vacation Homes, Tourico Holidays introduces ‘Book by the Door’ units to their inventory. An $87 Billion market, vacation homes present an outstanding opportunity for Tourico Holidays’ clients worldwide to sell a unique offering with high margins. This new way to book vacation homes brings a host of benefits such as more convenience & booking confidence for agents and greater guest satisfaction for travelers.

Book by the Door vacation homes represent a better way to book vacation homes. Up until now, the industry standard in booking vacation homes has been ‘allocation on arrival’ where agents review sample images online and have a central address where guests are assigned their unit and given final details. With Book by the Door homes, industry professionals view the actual photos of the actual unit and receive the specific address where their guest will arrive and stay. Additionally, the real-time pricing and last minute availability afforded to this booking type means greater flexibility and convenience for the agent!

The Book by the Door rental units are growing rapidly in the Tourico Holidays portfolio. Already well-established in top markets like Orlando, Miami, California, the Caribbean and Europe, there are more homes added weekly in high demand destinations. Clients can expect units to soon emerge in popular destinations such as London, Venice, Rome, the Spanish Coast & French Coast, Barcelona and more!

“We call them Book by the Door homes because what you see is what you get, the actual ‘door’ you book is the actual door that clients walk into for their unforgettable vacation,” said Steve Caron, VP of Vacation Rentals “This innovative offering will give clients a unique opportunity to show travelers the actual décor, amenities and physical location of the Villa or Home. All will greatly increase customer satisfaction and retention.”

Tourico Holidays customers can book online at TouricoHolidays.com from the vacation homes tab or connect to the Vacation Homes XML feed.

Companies interested in this expanding product line and Property Management Companies interested in participating in the program should visit: exclusive.touricoholidays.com/VacationHomes.

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 4,600 clients in 100 countries using proprietary technology.

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Winter Wonderland in Las Vegas?

Winter Wonderland in Las Vegas? | Tourico Holidays

Winter Wonderland in Las Vegas?
World-Class Destination.

Las Vegas Transforms Into A Winter Wonderland To Bedazzle Visitors This Holiday Season.

World-Class Destination Offers Scrumptious Culinary Creations, Festive Lights, Ice Skating, Holiday Cheer and So Much More!.

LAS VEGAS — The lights of Las Vegas come to life as the destination prepares to celebrate the holiday season with yuletide flare.  This winter season, holiday décor and displays will capture the imagination of every visitor.

Holiday Lights

Downtown Las Vegas kicks off the holiday season with the annual Grand Menorah Lighting Ceremony on Nov. 27 at 4 p.m. The Grand Menorah will be lit by Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman and on display through the holiday season at the Fremont Street Experience. Mayor Goodman will also help Santa Claus light Las Vegas’ official Christmas tree on Dec. 11 at 5 p.m. The 50-foot tree will be decked out and shine brightly below the 12.5 million lights of the Viva Vision Canopy.

Bellagio Resort & Casino - Las Vegas | Tourico HolidaysBellagio Resort & Casino will unveil its winter display Dec. 6 at Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens. Guests can stroll the winter wonderland that’s filled with more than 32,000 fresh poinsettias. The centerpiece is Las Vegas’ largest indoor holiday tree standing at 45-feet tall and weighing 8,000 pounds. Also on display is an eight-foot reindeer crafted of chocolate and a life-size candy house.

For the first time, the Neon Museum will be illuminated with lights this holiday season, beginning Nov. 30, through Dec. 31.

The Ethel M Holiday Cactus Garden is open for the season through Jan. 1. The garden is lit nightly from 5 to 10 p.m. and admission to this desert spectacle is free. Guests are also invited to peek in on the Ethel M Chocolate factory which is in full swing for the holiday season.

The Las Vegas Motor Speedway hosts Glittering Lights, Nov. 15 through Jan 5. And will feature more than 400 animated, LED lights along the 2.5-mile racetrack. The displays light up nightly at 5:30 p.m.

Sam’s Town Hotel and Gambling Hall flips the switch on its Mystic Falls Park Light and Water Show on Nov. 27 at 4:30 p.m. This winter wonderland experience also includes a 15-minute laser light show starting nightly at 5 p.m. Cowboy Santa also makes an appearance Thursday-Sunday from Nov. 29 to Dec. 23. Underwater Santa will also take a plunge in the resort’s 117,000 gallon aquarium. He’ll pose for pictures from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. every weekend in December, leading up to Christmas.

Santa pulls out his naughty and nice lists when he stops by Fashion Show Mall on Nov. 21 at 10 a.m. Located on the main level near Macy’s Men’s store, Santa will take toy requests through Dec. 24. Proud pet owners and their furry, four-legged friends can pose with Santa on Monday nights through Christmas Eve.

Mandalay Bay’s Shark Reef Aquarium also gets a special visit from jolly Old Saint Nicholas. Guests can share their last-minute holiday wishes with Santa in the aquarium’s shipwreck exhibit from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday from Dec. 7 to Dec. 15 and then Dec. 21 through Dec. 24.

Winter Wonderland Activities & Entertainment

Lace up your ice skates, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas transforms the iconic Boulevard Pool into an Ice Rink on Nov. 22. This year it features an expanded skating area along with new cocktail and culinary offerings. The Ice Rink opens at 3 p.m. during the week and noon on weekends and will entertain guests through Jan. 5.

Get into the holiday spirit while building your own Gingerbread house. Wynn Las Vegas’ pastry chefs will help guests create their own gingerbread design adorned with delicious confections on Dec. 7 at 2 p.m. Or toast to the season with The Twelve Cocktails of Christmas starting Dec. 9 through Dec. 24 (weekdays only). Wynn Las Vegas guests will also receive take-away recipe cards to recreate the cocktails at home.

The Venetian - Las Vegas | Tourico Holidays

The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas are home to the third-annual Winter in Venice celebration, running Nov. 18 through Jan. 5. The memorable Italian-inspired experience includes an enchanting parade, whimsical tree-lighting ceremony, 3-D light projection show and the return of the picturesque skating rink above The Venetian’s romantic outdoor Grand Canal. Winter in Venice will also host Celtic Woman: Home for Christmas – The Symphony Tour, at 8 p.m. on Nov. 22-23 and Nov. 27-28. Other festivities include two culinary events featuring celebrity chefs. The La Cucina Italiana Food & Wine Festival takes place from Dec. 5-8 and showcases Chef Mario Batali and Wolfgang Puck. Attendees will enjoy intimate dinners, family-style feasts along with other food events. Culinary Clash Weekend, with Chef Emeril Lagasse takes place Dec. 13-14 as fans watch resort chefs compete to win the second Culinary Clash Master Chef Competition.

Have a very Terry Christmas this year with ventriloquist Terry Fator. This limited run holiday special is centered on finding the true spirit of Christmas for Winston the Turtle. A Very Terry Christmas plays at the Mirage until Dec. 24 with the curtain going up at 7:30 p.m.

A trip to Opportunity Village’s Magical Forest will instill the holiday spirit. Wind through the holiday tree forest bedecked with whimsical decorations with nearly three million lights, or hop on the Forest Express passenger train and Enchanted Carousel. Attractions are open Nov. 22 through Jan. 6, 2014, 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

Country superstar Shania Twain will serve as the Grand Marshal of Opportunity Village’s Las Vegas Great Santa Run on Dec. 7. Twain will join thousands of Kris Kringles in Downtown Las Vegas for the annual fundraiser. The Great Santa Run will entertain with live performances, food, costume contests and celebrity appearances. Festivities get started at 8 a.m. at the Fremont Street Experience.

The MonteLago Village Resort at Lake Las Vegas will flip the switch on its holiday tree on Nov. 30 in The Village. Guests can also catch Santa, strolling carolers along with horse and carriage tours from Dec. 7-21.

Snow in Las Vegas?

Town Square brings holiday cheer in the form of snowflakes. The show takes place at Town Square Park from now until Dec. 23 with flakes falling at 7 p.m. nightly with an additional show at 8 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Town Square Park is also home to the Holiday Nights and Lights Community Concerts on Thursday nights at 6 p.m. until Dec. 19. Visitors can also get their picture taken with Santa through Christmas Eve.

While mom and dad shop ‘til they drop on Black Friday, a big welcome is in store for old Saint Nick with a parade at Tivoli Village on Nov. 29.

Foodie Festivities

Wynn Encore - Las Vegas | Tourico HolidaysIndulge this Thanksgiving on a feast fit for a king. The signature restaurants at Wynn Las Vegas will offer classic dishes like turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie, along with culinary creations from the resorts renowned resident chefs.

Tantalizing menus will also seduce guests at Gordon Ramsey Steak inside Paris Las Vegas while a mouthwatering three-course meal will leave tummies full at Kerry’s Gourmet Burger at Harrah’s Las Vegas. Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace is offering visitors 25 delicious dishes including house-smoked turkey legs, pumpkin soup and turkey sliders.

Holiday cuisine is also available at Tom Colicchio’s Heritage Steak at The Mirage, Jean Georges Steakhouse at ARIA, miX at Mandalay Bay, The Buffet at Bellagio Resort & Casino and Tacos and Tequila at Luxor Hotel & Casino.

Silverton Casino Hotel is offering three-course Thanksgiving menus at Twin Creeks Steakhouse, Sundance Grill and a special holiday feast at Seasons Buffet.  The D Las Vegas invites guests downtown to enjoy a traditional turkey dinner with desert at D Grill from Nov. 25 through Dec. 1. Golden Gate Hotel & Casino offers dine-in or take-out options this Thanksgiving from Du-Par’s Restaurant.

JW Marriot Las Vegas Resort & Spa and Rampart Casino Restaurants will feature feasts of food for Thanksgiving. A variety of menu options are available at Ceres, Carmel Room, The Rampart Buffet and Promenade Café.

Hash House a Go Go offers a twisted take on traditional favorites this Thanksgiving. From pumpkin bisque to stuffed turkey meatloaf and pumpkin bread pudding, the options are endless at the Quad Resort & Casino, Plaza Hotel and Casino and M Resort Spa Casino locations.

A German Thanksgiving Feast will be available at Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas, which includes all the traditional fixings with Bavarian beer. Honey Salt will celebrate Thanksgiving and Hanukkah with a special Thanksgivukkah menu, featuring potato latkes, red wine braised short ribs, butternut squash puree and a variety of dessert choices.

Special Christmas menus are available at Table 10 inside The Palazzo Las Vegas, Delmonico Steakhouse at The Venetian Las Vegas, Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House located at MGM Grand Las Vegas, Dragon Noodle Co. & Sushi Bar and d.vino Italian Food & Wine Bar at Monte Carlo.

Luxor Hotel & Casino - Las Vegas | Tourico HolidaysIf sushi temps your pallet, TENDER Steak & Seafood inside the Luxor Hotel Las Vegas will offer several holiday inspired rolls throughout the month of December including the Candy Cane Roll, Santa’s Roll and Roll in the New Year.

TREVI Italian Restaurant inside The Forum Shops at Caesars will also celebrate during the month of December by offering a Happy Hollytini along with Eggnog and Gingerbread Gelato.

Or cozy up this season with five autumn-inspired libations at Hyde Bellagio. Enjoy the magnificent view while sipping on the Chai Tini, The Royals, Honey Rosemary Gin Fizz, Blood Orange Margarita and the flaming Bloody Sand.

A trip to Las Vegas makes the best stocking stuffer. Book your holiday getaway at www.LasVegas.com.

Journalists and news organizations can access hi-resolution photos and HD video of current Las Vegas events on our media center at www.thenewsmarket.com/LVCVA

About the LVCVA

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) is charged with marketing Southern Nevada as a tourism and convention destination worldwide, and also with operating the Las Vegas Convention Center and Cashman Center.  With nearly 150,000 hotel rooms in Las Vegas alone and 10.8 million square feet of meeting and exhibit space citywide, the LVCVA’s mission centers on attracting ever‑increasing numbers of leisure and business visitors to the area.  For more information, go to www.lvcva.com or www.LasVegas.com.

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Little White Dress Night.

Little White Dress Night

Little White Dress Night.
ATA News.

Starting Labor Day 2013, and every Monday this fall, Aruba’s hottest bars, restaurants and nightclubs will offer exclusive specials and offers to all visitors donning white.

“Monday nights in Aruba are getting a makeover this fall, and we encourage ladies and men to pack their white clothes and join the party,” said Aruba Tourism Authority (ATA) CEO Ronella Tjin Asjoe-Croes. ‘Little White Dress Night’ is intended to be a more vibrant, Caribbean-inspired take on the ever-popular ‘Little Black Dress Nights,’ and we hope visitors of all ages will get into the spirit and take advantage of the great deals offered by our fantastic island partners.”

“Little White Dress Night” is the newest component of Arubapalooza — the island’s fall extravaganza encompassing countless cultural, culinary, music and fashion-oriented events and festivals.

Visitors may opt to start the night at Palm Beach Plaza in the High Rise hotel area for a weekly “Little White Dress Night” kick-off party at 8 p.m., boasting live music and 45-minute Carnival Show (with dancers in all white, of course), in addition to various dining and shopping options within the mall.

Participating partners include Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino (Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse and La Vista), Aqua Grill, Café the Plaza, Cuban’s Cookin’, Fishes & More, Hadicurari, Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort, Spa & Casino (Ruinas Restaurant), Kalin’s Lounge Bar, La Trattoria El Faro Blanco, Local Store, MooMba Beach, Piazza Italia, Radisson Aruba Resort, Casino & Spa (Sunset Grill), Renaissance Aruba Report & Casino (L. G. Smith’s Steak & Chop House and BLUE Bar), Tango Argentine Grill, The Sopranos Piano Bar, Salt & Pepper, Sand Beach Lounge, Señor Frog’s Aruba and South Beach Lounge.

Afterwards, offers range from 2-for-1 drink specials and discounted white wines and sangrias, to signature “little white dresses” and more. Brickell Bay Sand Beach Lounge plays host to “Little White Dress Karaoke Night,” with free shots to singers and enhanced happy hour specials for all guests in white.

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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.

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New and Easier Way to Book Vacation Rentals

Bookt

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 info@bookt.com or visit InstaManager.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 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 TouricoHolidays.com.

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Global Wholesaler Primed for Vacation Rental Market Domination

Tourico Holidays

Global Wholesaler Primed for Vacation Rental Market Domination.

Destination Coverage Increases 250% in 5 Months as Tourico Holidays Prepares to take $87B Industry by Storm.

ORLANDO, Fla. – August 30, 2013 – Renowned for their hotel brokering expertise, innovative wholesale travel leader, Tourico Holidays, has set its sights on mastering another arena of highly profitable travel product: the vacation rental.

With more than 15,000 rental units already available across 200+ destinations worldwide – and a proprietary platform in development to the streamline the booking process – the company’s rental property coverage has already grown by 250%.

Leading the charge is Steve Caron, VP of Vacation Rentals, a seasoned expert in the field with a clear goal. Tourico Holidays plans to make booking a vacation home as simple as booking a hotel.

“By taking the technology a step farther, we will release a second line of the Vacation Home Products that will provide customers real-time booking to a specific unit, or ‘booking by the door,” said Steve. “This innovative offering will give clients a unique lodging choice for travelers and show the actual décor, amenities and physical location of the Villa or Home. All will greatly increase customer satisfaction and retention.”

Tourico Holidays took their first steps into the vacation rental market in 2010 and are now supplying product from more mature markets such as Orlando and Miami, to new and lesser recognized rental destinations, such as Belize, Barcelona and Hawaii.

The product line is available both via the Tourico Holidays booking site and also its XML technology. Any property management companies interested in participating in the programme, should visit: http://exclusive.touricoholidays.com/vacationHomes

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Abu Dhabi Bookings Going Strong!

Abu Dhabi Bookings Going Strong!

Abu Dhabi Bookings Going Strong!
 

Abu-Dhabi-Bookings-Going-Strong-mallAbu Dhabi is among one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Month after month tourist travel to this intricate city, falling in love with its uniquely detailed architecture and relaxing white beaches. Bookings are going strong, with Abu Dhabi becoming a must see travel destination.

Abu Dhabi is home to some the most luxurious hotels such as, the St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort and the magnificent Jumeirah located in the iconic Etihad Towers, at unbelievable rates. Not only does this city boost fantastic accommodations it also offers incredible shopping in beautiful malls, fabulous golf courses along the coastline, and desert safaris.

Book through Tourico Holidays today!

Abu Dhabi Bookings Going Strong

 

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Tourico Holidays Names Steve Caron VP of Vacation Rentals

Tourico Holidays

Tourico Holidays Names Steve Caron VP of Vacation Rentals.
Vacation-Home Industry Expert to Head Rapidly Growing Vacation-Home Rental Business.

ORLANDO, Fla. April 24, 2013 Tourico Holidays, an innovative leader in travel wholesale, today announced the appointment of Steve Caron as Vice President of Vacation Rentals. Caron has more than 20 years of experience in the vacation-home rental business, and has managed tens-of-thousands of vacation rental properties throughout the world, as well as several online booking platforms servicing the industry.

Most recently, Caron was the Co-Founder and Vice President of Business Development for online vacation-rental business, Packlate.com, where he oversaw the technology development as well as all business development and supplier relationships. Prior to Packlate, Caron was the President of VRGateway, the then largest online marketplace for vacation rentals. Earlier in his career, he was CIO/CTO of ResortQuest International as well as Co-Founder of Sterling Resorts, the largest publicly traded and privately owned vacation rental management company in the U.S.

“There’s nobody in the travel industry that can rival Steve’s knowledge of the vacation-rental business,” said Uri Argov, CEO of Tourico Holidays. His experience in this particular industry is extremely rare and he will be a tremendous asset as we continue to globally scale our vacation-rental business to include unique destinations such as Poland, Thailand, Dubai, South Africa and Malta. I’m looking forward to working closely with Steve to advance the reach of our vacation-rental program into all areas of the world and building upon our early success.”

Since launching its vacation-rental business in 2010, Tourico Holidays has become the largest single provider of global vacation home inventory. The company offers inventory in three continents and hosts the deepest selection of vacation homes in top U.S. destinations such as Miami, Orlando, New York City, Las Vegas and Hawaii.

According to an independent study conducted by PhoCusWright, the U.S. vacation home rental market is estimated to be a $25 billion dollar industry, growing over the last several years despite a depressed economy. Moreover, according to PhoCusWright, the vacation home rental market equals 20 percent of all hotel room revenue in the United States, and 8 percent of total U.S. travel spend.

“Vacation home rentals have quickly become a popular alternative to hotels for many travel bargain hunters because of their tremendous value,” said Arnold Walter, President & CEO for FareBuzz.”Working with Tourico Holidays, we have access to thousands of vacation homes around the world at our fingertips. Having a partner that can provide us with immediate, high-quality inventory that fits a range of traveler tastes definitely gives our agency a unique edge on the competition.”

Companies interested in this expanding product line and Property Management Companies interested in participating in the program should visit: www.touricoholidays.com/vacationhomes.

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 4,600 clients in 100 countries using proprietary technology.

Press Contact:
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Tailwind PR
802.497.1932
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