Tourico Holidays Updates Booking Systems for Travel Service Providers

By Tourico Holidays, PRNE
Tuesday, December 14, 2010

New interfaces simplify and improve the booking of hotels, flights, cruises and more, allowing partners to make better travel decisions for their own clients

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Florida, December 15, 2010 - Continuing to increase the usability of its website for agents, tour
operators and suppliers, Tourico Holidays has unveiled its booking system
with enhanced hotel and flight features, more user-friendly navigation and
booking options, and better cross-selling opportunities.

"To help our business-to-business partners bring improved travel options
to their own clients, we constantly update the booking systems and features
on our web properties," said Amir Kalmar, VP of Global Sales and CMO. "The
update is one of our most important yet, allowing agents, tour operators and
other travel companies to more quickly and easily select, review and purchase
from Travel Holdings' thousands of travel products."

Among the updates, Tourico Holidays will now give travel service
providers recommendations and suggestions on how to make the travel
experience even better. When choosing a hotel, five activities and five car
rental choices will be displayed with the hotel based off a user's hotel

Additionally, more information is presented up front and more clearly,
allowing travel services providers to help make the correct travel decisions
for clients every time. For instance:

    - For quick reference, important hotel amenities appear as icons within
      hotels search results (for example, restaurants, fitness facility,
    - Users can compare up to five hotels in a pop- up window without leaving
      the search results page.
    - Within the hotel search results page, a map image showing the hotel's
      location is prominently displayed, and a list of available hotel brands
      is listed.
    - User reviews are now available, allowing clients to view the opinions
      of guests or add their own feedback.
    - For better resolution, accuracy and coverage- especially enhancing Far
      East searches- Google Maps has been added as a provider.

For cruises, the enhancements make it easier than ever to take advantage
of every available discount, while allowing additional on-board options to be
booked in advance. For instance:

    - Discount opportunities are shown in the search box for qualified
      passengers (past passenger, interline, military).
    - Promotions from the cruise lines will be prominently displayed (if
      available), in addition to more rate and room types on the search
      results page.
    - There is a new "Dining Options" section in the traveler information
      page to pre-book "Early/Mid/Late" dining times.
    - Enhanced page displays allow users to see a diagram of the ship and
      location of the cabin.
    - Agents who handle multiple source markets can select markets in the
      search box.

Other upgrades make finding deals and making payments even easier. For

    - Tourico Holidays has added 34 airlines to the "Low Fare" selections tab
      for users to find even lower rates from low-cost carriers.
    - PayPal was added as additional payment method option. The user is given
      the choice in the traveler information page to checkout with PayPal or
      to continue the checkout in the regular flow and provide credit card
      for the payment.

Travel service providers interested in learning more about Tourico
Holidays and its new upgrades are encouraged to contact the company at Current clients may contact their Tourico Holidays
representative to start integrating these upgrades immediately.

About Tourico Holidays

Tourico Holidays ( 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.

    Media Contacts:
    Sean Hixson                        Lauren Volcheff
    Group Manager                      Vice President of Marketing
    Weber Shandwick                    Travel Holdings, Inc.
    +1-314-552-6760                    +1-407-667-8700 ext. 7355

Sean Hixson, Group Manager of Weber Shandwick, +1-314-552-6760, shixson at, for Tourico Holidays; or Lauren Volcheff, Vice President of Marketing of Travel Holdings, Inc., +1-407-667-8700, ext. 7355, Lauren at

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