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Maksoud Plaza in Sao Paulo Selects TravelCLICK
as Electronic Distribution Partner 
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CHICAGO (July 12, 2004) - Richard W. Gray, chairman and co-CEO of TravelCLICK, announced today that the 416-room luxury Maksoud Plaza hotel in Sao Paulo, Brazil, has selected TravelCLICK's iHotelier booking engine for GDS and Web connectivity in order to manage its own electronic distribution activities both locally and internationally. 

TravelCLICK’s enabling technology, including the patent-pending OneScreen Web booking engine user interface, customized Web-based CRS, GDS connectivity, online voice reservation management, Internet marketing, capacity for multiple languages, and dynamic packaging (allowing consumers to customize their own packages), provides all the tools necessary for the property to manage their electronic distribution process on their own. In addition, the new TravelCLICK functionality enables both corporate accounts and meeting attendees to make hotel reservations into their blocks directly through the property's Web site. 

According to Dr. Henry Maksoud, president and CEO of the Maksoud Plaza, "The hotel has made a significant commitment to online connectivity for our guestrooms, with the novel Room Office® concept that provides up to three simultaneous ways to access the Internet from the each guestroom. Therefore, we are very impressed with TravelCLICK's ability to provide us the tools we need to manage all aspects of electronic distribution. The consumer-friendly OneScreen web booking engine is especially valuable to us, for corporate and leisure business, both locally and internationally. With both GDS connectivity and Internet electronic distribution, we can implement sophisticated e-commerce strategy ourselves while ensuring we have the kind of local service and support TravelCLICK ensures.” 

"By combining consumer interactivity with extensive management tools, the iHotelier booking engine enables hotels to maximize their profits from electronic distribution on the Web," said Ray Cohen, president and co-CEO of TravelCLICK. "For a property such as the Maksoud Plaza, these capabilities are fundamental to being a market leader and preferred choice in today’s intensely competitive Internet marketplace. We are very pleased to be working with a Brazilian property of the distinction and sophistication of the Maksoud Plaza." 

About The Maksoud Plaza

The Maksoud Plaza (www.maksoud.com), a landmark of hospitality, elegance, impeccable service and forefront technology, is one of Latin America's finest and most traditional five star deluxe hotels. Having completed a two year, $10 million dollar investment in renovations, the hotel features a lavishly furnished  Skyline Lounge Club with an area of 3,000 sq.ft., offering a magnificent view of the metropolis. Close to fashionable Avenida Paulista, the hotel has an Atrium Lobby with a distinguished architectural design that provides an unforgettable welcome: fountains, a shopping arcade, 24-hr restaurants and bars, four panoramic elevators and gardens with tropical plants. The original art of Bruno Giorgi, Toyota and Maria Bonomi adds to the sophistication of the atmosphere.

All rooms include Fast Track Internet®, an ultrafast internet access, electronic digital safe, special control of guest presence, and individual remote control for climate, lights, CATV and stereo music channels. An advanced Class A fire protection system, controlled room access, surveillance cameras and a 24-hr security staff assures maximum security which is a tradition in the Maksoud Plaza. The Hotel has a 420-seat theater, an Events Pavilion with several large rooms, and a ballroom, all equipped for meetings, conventions, conferences, banquets, weddings, cocktails, cinema, theater and concerts for up to a total of more than 2,000 attendees. Throughout the years The Maksoud Plaza has promoted concerts and shows by renowned international artists such as: Frank Sinatra, Alberta Hunter, Julio Iglesias, Michel Legand, Bobby Short, Sammy Davis Jr., Billie Ekstine, among many others. All restaurants and bars, the Events Pavilion, the theater and all public areas of the hotel are equipped with both Fast Track Internet and WiFi access to a First Tier Backbone of the Internet. 

The Maksoud Plaza has been classified in a world survey by the well known Wallpaper Magazine, in May 2001, as "The Best Independent Hotel". The hotel was noted in August 2003 by the readers of "Euromoney" Magazine as the "Top Hotel in São Paulo" for the 10th consecutive year. And In addition, "Latin Trade" Magazine, in February 2004 presented The Maksoud Plaza as the “Best Hotel in São Paulo”.

About TravelCLICK 

TravelCLICK (www.travelclick.net) is the leading provider of solutions that help hotels and other travel industry suppliers maximize profit from electronic distribution channels. The company’s iHotelier booking engine platform and website marketing programs enable hotels to better execute strategies that increase business into their own Web sites. TravelCLICK's competitive benchmarking reports provide hotels with price and booking performance information unavailable through any other source. And, the company's exclusive electronic marketing networks allow hotels and other travel related suppliers to target promotional messages to specific travel agents and consumers, when they are booking travel. 

Established in 1996 and headquartered in the Chicago area, TravelCLICK operates in more than 140 countries around the world. The company has over 7,500 clients, including national and international companies such as Accor, Air France, Avis, British Airways, Carlson Hotels Worldwide, Caesar Park Hotels, The Dorchester, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, The Greenbriar, Hilton Hotels Corporation, Hyatt Hotels & Resorts, Kempinski Hotels & Resorts, Loews Hotels, Lufthansa, Marriott Hotels & Resorts, The New York Palace, NH Hotels, Orient Express Hotels, The Peninsula Group, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, SAS, The Savoy Group, Shangri-La Hotels, Sol Melia, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Thistle Hotels, USAirways, Virgin Atlantic and Wyndham Hotels & Resorts.


 
Contact:

TravelCLICK
Chris Heller, 866-674-4553
cheller@travelclick.net
www.travelclick.net

Dr. Henry Maksoud
Pres.& CEO
The Maksoud Plaza
5511-3145-8000
presidhm@maksoud.com.br

Stephanie Seacord
Leading Edge
135 Piscassic Road (PO Box 960)
Newfields NH 03856
T: 603-772-1835
F: 603-772-7066
sseacord@lemd.com



 
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