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Small Luxury Hotels of the World™ Adopts VFM Leonardo’s
VScape® Digital Asset Management System

VFM Leonardo’s Platform Chosen by SLH to Manage and Distribute Photos
for Over 500 Hotels; Also Named Exclusive Provider of Rich Media Distribution Services for SLH Hotels

Toronto, Canada/Surrey, UK -- January 27, 2010 -- VFM Leonardo, leader in online visual content distribution for hotels, today announced that Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) has adopted the VScape® Digital Asset Management System. SLH, a brand comprised of over 500 hotels in more than 70 countries, will use the Enterprise edition of VScape to manage still images for their hotels and distribute them to the VNetwork™ in the formats and delivery methods required.
 
VNetwork is the largest online visual content distribution network for the travel industry and includes all four GDSs as well as Pegasus and thousands of third-party websites and channels including Travelocity, Orbitz, Priceline, TripAdvisor and more, as such; SLH’s hotel images will be available on the broadest number of relevant sites to provide travel shoppers with a consistent view of their hotels from site to site.

"SLH believes that visuals are an important part of the customer experience, allowing customers to see what makes the hotels unique whilst emphasizing the luxurious experiences they offer, which is more likely to make them book. VFM Leonardo will assist us in ensuring the visuals of our hotels are always available and up-to-date on the websites customers use during the hotel selection process," said Paul Kerr, CEO of Small Luxury Hotels of the World.

SLH has also selected and endorses VFM Leonardo as the exclusive distributor of rich media for their properties. Individual SLH properties may choose to further enhance their presence on travel websites by distributing their photos as well as rich media to the VNetwork in a multimedia viewer using VFM Leonardo's VBrochure Online Merchandising System which integrates seamlessly with SLH’s VScape instance.

"We encourage our hotels to use videos and virtual tours to better merchandise their hotels online. VFM Leonardo's VBrochure Online Merchandising System will help us capture the attention of travel shoppers and differentiate a hotel with inspiring visuals," stated Kerr.

“We are delighted to help SLH enhance the visual presentations of their hotels online. In this digital age, consumers are shopping on multiple websites for hotels that stand out and communicate their experiences in inspiring ways. We believe that SLH will see increased exposure of their hotels’ visual content online and lead to increased revenue potential,” states Paolo Boni, president & CEO, VFM Leonardo.

About Small Luxury Hotels of the World
The Small Luxury Hotels of the World™ (SLH) brand is an unrivalled portfolio of some of the world’s finest small independent hotels. Comprising over 500 hotels in more than 70 countries, the diversity of the individual hotels, and the experiences that they offer, is exceptional. From cutting-edge design hotels to palatial 17th century mansions, city centre sanctuaries to remote private islands, historic country houses to idyllic resorts, Small Luxury Hotels of the World offers only the very best. Reservations can be made at any Small Luxury Hotels of the World property via www.slh.com. Travel agents need only remember the GDS code LX for LuXury.


About VFM Leonardo

VFM Leonardo is a technology leader in online visual content management and distribution for the hotel industry. 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. VFM Leonardo offers the most effective digital asset management and online merchandising systems available today with over 1,000,000 visual images (photos, virtual tours and videos) for 90,000 hotels worldwide currently in distribution across the VNetwork. All four global distribution systems (GDSs) - Amadeus, Galileo, Sabre, Worldspan - as well as Pegasus source hotel visual content exclusively through VScape. Tens of thousands of travel-related channels including online travel agencies, travel research and supplier web sites, search portals; Travelocity, Orbitz, Priceline, Tripadvisor, Yahoo! Travel, Kayak, Google and more also source visual content through VScape, many exclusively. For more information about VFM Leonardo, visit www.vfmleonardo.com. Follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/VFMLeonardo.

Contact:

VFM Leonardo Inc.
Julie Vieth
Communications Specialist
www.vfmleonardo.com
Toll free: 1-877-593-6634
Phone: 416-263-5446
Fax: 416-593-7572
press@vfmleonardo.com


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