Join Efforts to Help Hurricane and Earthquake Victims
CHICAGO (October 18, 2005) – TravelCLICK, the leading provider of e-commerce solutions for hotels, today announced a joint initiative to raise $1 million to assist victims of the U.S. Gulf Coast hurricanes and the South Asia earthquake. The partnership includes the four major Global Distribution Systems (GDS) – Amadeus, Galileo, Sabre and Worldspan.
Hotels that donate $1,000 or more to the relief effort will receive GDS-based travel agent advertising of equal value for free. The GDS will match the hotel donations by placing the advertising on their systems and TravelCLICK will manage the ad placements. To qualify for the matching campaign, contributing hotels need to have a Travel Agent Media program in place, TravelCLICK's network of GDS advertising products, for 2006. The two charities these donations will assist are The David Toms Foundation and AmeriCares.
“TravelCLICK and our partners are committed to
helping the people of the hurricane-ravaged Gulf Coast and earthquake-destroyed
South Asia regions,” said Robert Post, President and CEO of TravelCLICK.
“These natural disasters have caused loss and devastation to many people
worldwide, including colleagues and associates, and we encourage hotels
globally to join in this initiative to pledge their support.”
About TravelCLICK TravelCLICK (www.travelclick.net) is the leading provider of solutions that help hotels and other travel industry suppliers maximize profits 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 websites. TravelCLICK's competitive benchmarking reports provide hotels with price and booking performance information, 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 has over 8,000 customers in more than 140 countries.
About Amadeus (MAD: AMS) Amadeus is a global leader in technology and distribution solutions for the travel and tourism industry. Its comprehensive data processing centre serves over 75,000 travel agency locations and some 11,000 airline sales offices, totaling around 362,000 points of sale located in over 215 markets worldwide.
Through Amadeus, travel agencies and airline offices can make bookings on 95 per cent of the world's scheduled airline seats. The system also provides access to over 56,700 hotel properties, some 42 car rental companies serving over 30,000 locations, as well as ferry, rail, cruise, tour operators and insurance companies.
Amadeus is a leading IT solutions provider to the airline industry; 151 airlines use Amadeus’ Altéa Sell as the sales and reservation system in their offices, to provide passengers with superior and seamless service at optimal cost.
Amadeus’ new generation Customer Management Systems include Altéa Plan (inventory management system) and Altéa Fly (departure control system). British Airways, Qantas and Finnair are the first customers to implement these solutions.
e-Travel, Amadeus’ e-commerce business unit, is the global leader in online travel technology and corporate travel management solutions. It services travel agencies in 90 countries, and powers the websites of over 300 corporations and more than 70 airlines and hotels.
Amadeus is headquartered in Madrid, Spain and quoted on the Madrid, Paris and Frankfurt stock exchanges. For the year ended 31 December 2004, the company reported revenues of EUR 2,056.7m and net income of EUR 208m. The Amadeus data centre is in Erding (near Munich), Germany and its principal development offices are located in Sophia Antipolis (near Nice), France.
The company has over 6,500 employees worldwide, representing 95 nationalities.
More information about Amadeus is available at:
About Sabre Travel Network Sabre Travel Network, a Sabre Holdings company, provides access to the world's leading global distribution system (GDS) enabling agents at more than 50,000 agency locations worldwide to be travel experts. The Sabre GDS, the first system to connect the buyers and sellers of travel, today includes more than 400 airlines, approximately 60,000 hotels, 32 car rental companies, nine cruise lines, 35 railroads and 220 tour operators. Key brands of Sabre Travel Network include GetThere, the leading Web-based corporate travel reservation technology, and Jurni Network, the unique leisure travel agency consortium that enables members to sell more products from preferred travel suppliers using sophisticated market intelligence.
Sabre Holdings Corporation (NYSE:TSG) is a world leader in travel commerce, retailing travel products and providing distribution and technology solutions for the travel industry. More information about Sabre Holdings is available at http://www.sabre-holdings.com.
About Worldspan, L.P. Worldspan is a leader in travel technology services for travel suppliers, travel agencies, e-commerce sites and corporations worldwide. Utilizing some of the fastest, most flexible and efficient networks and computing technologies, Worldspan provides comprehensive electronic data services linking approximately 800 travel suppliers around the world to a global customer base. Worldspan offers industry-leading Fares and Pricing technology such as Worldspan e-Pricing®, hosting solutions and customized travel products. Worldspan enables travel suppliers, distributors and corporations to reduce costs and increase productivity with technology like Worldspan Go!® and Worldspan Trip Manager® XE. Worldspan is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. Additional information is available at worldspan.com.
About AmeriCares AmeriCares is a nonprofit humanitarian aid and disaster relief organization that supports long-term medical assistance programs and provides emergency relief in the U.S. and around the world. Since it was established in 1982, AmeriCares has distributed more than $5 billion in humanitarian aid to 137 countries. For more information, visit AmeriCares website at www.americares.org or call 1-800-486-HELP.
About The David Toms Foundation The David Toms Foundation provides opportunities for at-risk boys and girls. The Foundation helps underprivileged, abused and abandoned children through funding programs that are designed to enhance a child’s character, self-esteem and career possibilities.
Donations made to the David Toms Foundation will go directly to families who have evacuated the Gulf Coast. The Foundation will do the work to ensure the money is being used in the best possible way for the most deserving families. 100% of the donations will go to the relief effort, no exceptions, to provide hotel rooms, food, school supplies, clothing, and medicine for children.
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