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VFM Leonardo Expands VNetwork™ to Include Gekko.com

The largest distributor of visual content for hotels worldwide expands distribution network
to enable hotels to display their photos in front of more prospective guests
online on unique hotel recommendation website, Gekko.com

Toronto, ON & London, England -- August 4, 2009 -- VFM Leonardo, leader in online visual content distribution for hotels, today announced that Gekko.com, provider of personalized hotel recommendations, is now part of the VNetwork - the largest online visual content distribution network for the global travel industry. Under this agreement, VFM Leonardo's customers will now be able to distribute their photos to Gekko's members.
 
George Henderson, Gekko's Chief Operating Officer, commented: "We are pleased to provide high quality, professional hotel photos on Gekko.com. It supports our highly personalized matching recommendations and helps our users choose the best accommodation for their trip. With automatic feeds from VFM Leonardo's growing database of over one million images, our users will always see the best and most up-to-date hotel photos available on the web."
 
Paolo Boni, President and CEO of VFM Leonardo, stated: "Gekko.com is a unique website that provides hotel recommendations based on a traveler's unique profile and preferences of like-minded people in the community. We know that consumers shop for hotels on numerous websites and in numerous ways; with a unique website like Gekko.com as part of the VNetwork, we now offer hotels greater diversity in their photo distribution service and opportunities to reach and influence more prospective guests on different websites."
 
About Gekko
Gekko is your personal concierge for the world. Using unique matching technology, Gekko.com provides bespoke hotel and restaurant recommendations for wherever you want to go, based on the preferences of like-minded people. Because Gekko matches you with people as well as places, you can see which of the Gekko community’s reviews are relevant to you and whose opinion you can trust. Visit www.gekko.com to create your Gekko Profile and start discovering places that you’ll love.

About VFM Leonardo
VFM Leonardo is a technology leader in online visual content management and distribution systems. VFM Leonardo’s VScape® and VBrochure™ products leverage the distribution capabilities of the VNetwork™, the most universally accepted and largest online visual content distribution network for the global travel industry including all four global distribution systems (GDSs), Pegasus and travel-related channels including online travel agencies, travel research and supplier web sites, search portals and major travel intermediaries. VFM Leonardo offers the hotel industry the most effective digital asset management and online merchandising systems available today and efficiently delivers over 1,000,000 visual images (photos, virtual tours and videos) to more than 30,000 travel channels and websites in the VNetwork including Amadeus, Galileo, Sabre, Worldspan, Pegasus, Travelocity, Orbitz, Priceline, Tripadvisor, Yahoo! Travel, Kayak, Google and many more for 90,000 hotels worldwide. For more information about VFM Leonardo, visit www.vfmleonardo.com. Follow us on Twitter at @VFMLeonardo.


Contact:

Julie Vieth
111 Peter Street, 5th Floor
Toronto, ON, M5V 2H1 Canada
Toll free: 1-877-593-6634
Phone: 416-263-5446
Fax: 416-593-7572
Email: press@vfmleonardo.com
Web: www.vfmleonardo.com

Hilde van Etten, HIT-PR for Gekko
NL +31 (0)76 5655511
hilde@hit-pr.nl


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Also See: Pegasus Solutions and VFM Leonardo Form Strategic Partnership; Pegasus Chooses VFM Leonardo's VScape® Digital Asset Management System to Power All Visual Content for ODD and Content Hub / June 2009

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