• Tourico Holidays, a wholesale travel brokerage company, has launched a new push service that allows distribution clients to build and refresh an up-to-date Availability and Rates cache. Distributors now have the option of importing and caching Tourico’s inventory – creating an offline, in-house database of available product and prices. Tourico’s new service now immediately pushes individual updates – or inventory changes – to clients, maintaining a fresh cache. The instant updates reduce latency and allow clients to sell last minute inventory, while greatly reducing failed bookings. The new push service also exposes the Tourico “business logic”, providing clients with precalculated total prices that reflect currency changes, promotion discounts, and other business factors. Furthermore, if suppliers focus on certain regions, they can opt into only receiving updates to certain hotels and inventory. “Companies selling travel no longer have to pull data for current inventory,” said Lev Koutamonov, the Head of API Integration of Tourico Holidays. “Our new push service allows distribution clients to integrate Tourico’s massive inventory of products and maintain up-to-date prices and availability. The process is more efficient and will lead to more successful transactions and better profits for our clients.” “Tourico is the only business-to-business travel company in the world that has developed a push service that immediately updates changes to the wholesaler’s inventory,” said Koutamonov. “Travel suppliers can now maintain a current offline cache to better serve their customer.”

  • Today it was announced that this year’s Payments Summit in Orlando will host the Co-Founder of Cardtek, Erdal Yazmaci.  The payments veteran will discuss how contactless fare payment technology is being used to modernize payment processes for the transit, loyalty and ticketing industries.  Mr. Yazmaci will be speaking on Thursday, March 30th at 10:45 am.  “There are a number of industries that are currently transitioning to more modern payment systems that leverage the use of NFC-enabled wearable wallets,” Yazmaci said.  “The transit industry, in particular, is an excellent example of how NFC-enabled wearables can be used to build ‘open-loop’ payments systems that not only speed transaction times, but also enhance consumer convenience and security.” Mr. Yazmaci co-founded San Jose-based Cardtek in 2001 and has overseen a number successful digital payment and EMV projects in Europe, North America, and the Middle East. He is an expert on EMV, NFC and digital payments and has provided over 40 subject-related trainings globally. The Payments Summit is a premier industry event, covering all things payments – including FinTech, EMV chip technology, mobile wallets, NFC, contactless, open transit systems, wearables and more.  The conference is produced by the Smart Card Alliance and is expected to host approximately 1,000 attendees and 90 exhibiting companies. To learn more about Cardtek, visit booth #420 at the Payments Summit, or visit www.cardtek.com

  • Tourico Holidays, a global leader in wholesale travel brokerage, today struck a deal with loveholidays, the fastest growing online travel agency in the UK. The London-based travel company – specializing in matching consumers with their dream holidays – will now be able to offer Tourico’s inventory of hotels in the United States and the Caribbean. And, according to Tourico’s data, that’s a good thing.  United Kingdom hotel bookings to the United States surged by more than 10 percent in 2016 compared to the prior year. During that same time, UK bookings to Caribbean countries skyrocketed, as well.  For example, Aruba (+93 percent), Barbados (+79 percent), Dominican Republic (+85 percent), Jamaica (+118 percent), Bermuda (+111 percent), and Turks and Caicos (+76 percent) all increased.  “We’ve seen a healthy demand for transatlantic trips from our customers, and by integrating Tourico’s massive portfolio of U.S. and Caribbean hotels, we’re better positioned for fulfillment,” said Theo Demetriou, the Purchasing Director for loveholidays. “The new partnership will help loveholidays grow incrementally, in a sustainable manner, while continuing to put our customers first.” “loveholidays is the perfect example of how a growing travel business can be nimble and resourceful to capitalize on shifts in the marketplace,” said Emma Weber, the Director of Sales in the UK, Ireland, and Scandinavia for Tourico Holidays. “They recognized that UK travelers were seeking U.S. and Caribbean vacations, so they quickly engaged with Tourico, and now they’re delivering thousands of hotel options at prices you can’t find anywhere else.”

  • Tourico Holidays, a global travel wholesaler, has reported a 37 percent increase in cruise bookings in 2016.  The growth in the cruise sector was driven by outbound bookings from the United States, which increased by 49 percent year-over-year. Canada increased its year-over-year cruise bookings by 12 percent and the UK increased its bookings by 10 percent. Latin America, as a whole, increased its year-over-year cruise bookings by 21 percent in 2016.  January 2017 was a record setting month for Tourico Holidays, as well, with cruise bookings increasing by 38 percent compared to January 2016.  The wholesaler has also just announced a new partnership with Regent Seven Seas Cruises, an all-inclusive luxury brand based out of Miami, Florida.  Tourico Holidays’ cruise business now includes 16 cruise lines and more than 10,000 different cruise departures throughout the world – including in the Caribbean, Alaska, Europe, Bermuda, Mexico, South America, Asia & Australia. “We’re predicting more cruisers will hit the seas in 2017 than any previous year on the books,” said Lori Sheller, the VP of Cruise Development for Tourico. “The upward trend in cruising will also be aided by an influx of bookings from China – as cruise companies shift their focus to the Asian market.”

  • Tourico Holidays, a wholesale travel brokerage company, has released its inaugural Holiday Hotel Report, providing data and trends in hotel booking behavior during the holiday season. Tourico Holidays contracts over 75,000 hotels globally and its database receives over 180,000 searches per minute – or over 250 million searches per day. Here are the findings: Inbound USA – Hotel bookings made weeks 1-47 to the United States for hotel check-ins between weeks 51-52 (December 19 to January 1) [2015 vs 2016 year-over-year] Source Markets: USA = +15% China = +84% United Kingdom = +7% Canada = +113% Brazil = +5% Mexico = +28% Australia = +77% UAE = +120% Spain = +42% 2. Outbound USA – Hotel bookings made weeks 1-47 from the United States for hotel check-ins between weeks 51-52 (December 19 to January 1) [2015 vs 2016 year-over-year] Destinations: United Kingdom = +45% Japan = +52% Canada = +62% Mexico = +29% Costa Rica = +30.5% France = +74% ​ 3. Top 10 Holiday Destinations with Lead Times – Top ten markets for total hotel bookings made in weeks 1-47 for check in weeks 51-52 1. NYC (Median lead time for bookings 89 days) 2. Las Vegas (Median lead time for bookings 62 days) 3. Orlando (Median lead time for bookings 83 days) 4. London (Median lead time for bookings 71 days) 5. Paris (Median lead time for bookings 68 days) 6. Cancun (Median lead time for bookings 82 days) 7. Miami (Median lead time for bookings 83 days) 8. Rome (Median lead time for bookings 67 days) 9. Honolulu […]

  • <a href=”http://cts.businesswire.com/ct/CT?id=smartlink&url=https%3A%2F%2Flogin.touricoholidays.com%2F&esheet=51478284&newsitemid=20161214005809&lan=en-US&anchor=Tourico+Holidays&index=1&md5=00a7d4a380bf012667ab16d82c88cbd7″>Tourico Holidays</a>, a wholesale travel brokerage company, has released its inaugural Holiday Hotel Report, providing data and trends in hotel booking behavior during the holiday season. Tourico Holidays contracts over 75,000 hotels globally and its database receives over 180,000 searches per minute – or over 250 million searches per day. <strong>Here are the findings:</strong> 1. <strong>Inbound USA – </strong>Hotel bookings made weeks 1-47 to the United States for hotel check-ins between weeks 51-52 (December 19 to January 1) [2015 vs 2016 year-over-year] <em>Source Markets:</em> USA = +15% China = +84% United Kingdom = +7% Canada = +113% Brazil = +5% Mexico = +28% Australia = +77% UAE = +120% Spain = +42% 2. <strong>Outbound USA – </strong>Hotel bookings made weeks 1-47 from the United States for hotel check-ins between weeks 51-52 (December 19 to January 1) [2015 vs 2016 year-over-year] <em>Destinations:</em> United Kingdom = +45% Japan = +52% Canada = +62% Mexico = +29% Costa Rica = +30.5% France = +74% ​ 3. <strong>Top 10 Holiday Destinations with Lead Times </strong>– Top ten markets for total hotel bookings made in weeks 1-47 for check in weeks 51-52 1. NYC (Median lead time for bookings 89 days) 2. Las Vegas (Median lead time for bookings 62 days) 3. Orlando (Median lead time for bookings 83 days) 4. London (Median lead time for bookings 71 days) 5. Paris (Median lead time for bookings 68 days) 6. Cancun (Median lead time for bookings 82 days) 7. Miami (Median lead time for bookings 83 days) 8. Rome (Median lead time for bookings 67 days) 9. Honolulu […]

  • Last Minute Travel, a leader in last minute travel deals on hotels, flights, vacation homes, cruises, car rentals, activities and other travel products, today announced that consumers will receive $100 off select hotel bookings – of $400 or more – during its Cyber Monday sale. LastMinuteTravel.com and the LMT Deals app has the most comprehensive inventory of discounted travel in the industry with hotels worldwide at up to 60 percent off, over 25,000 vacation homes, 10,000 activities and transfers, 25,000 car rental pick-up locations worldwide, and flights from more than 175 carriers around the world. “At Last Minute Travel, we believe in the importance of family, friends, and creating meaningful memories,” said Isar Meitis, President of Last Minute Travel. “Consumers shouldn’t have to leave their homes right after Thanksgiving dinner to shop for deals. Instead, wait for Cyber Monday and book the best travel deals the internet has to offer – right from the comforts of your couch.” To ensure the holiday season continues to be about family and friends – rather than saving a few bucks – Last Minute Travel is not only offering $100 off a hotel booking, it is also inviting families to share their holiday memories via social media using #ThankfulWithLMT. Everyone who posts photos and videos of their Thanksgiving weekend to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter will win a free Last Minute Travel Club Membership – a $50 value that allows consumers to access wholesale travel rates on Cyber Monday and throughout the year. In addition, the post with the most engagement will receive a free luxurious vacation. […]

  • Last Minute Travel, a leader in last minute travel deals on hotels, flights, vacation homes, cruises, car rentals, activities and other travel products, today announced that consumers will receive $100 off select hotel bookings – of $400 or more – during its Cyber Monday sale. LastMinuteTravel.com and the <a href=”http://cts.businesswire.com/ct/CT?id=smartlink&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.lastminutetravel.com%2Flmt_deals.aspx&esheet=51456919&newsitemid=20161109005101&lan=en-US&anchor=LMT+Deals+app&index=5&md5=ad69d4e4629a7ab4e3b9680083604984″>LMT Deals app</a> has the most comprehensive inventory of discounted travel in the industry with hotels worldwide at up to 60 percent off, over 25,000 vacation homes, 10,000 activities and transfers, 25,000 car rental pick-up locations worldwide, and flights from more than 175 carriers around the world. “At Last Minute Travel, we believe in the importance of family, friends, and creating meaningful memories,” said Isar Meitis, President of Last Minute Travel. “Consumers shouldn’t have to leave their homes right after Thanksgiving dinner to shop for deals. Instead, wait for Cyber Monday and book the best travel deals the internet has to offer – right from the comforts of your couch.” To ensure the holiday season continues to be about family and friends – rather than saving a few bucks – Last Minute Travel is not only offering $100 off a hotel booking, it is also inviting families to share their holiday memories via social media using #ThankfulWithLMT. Everyone who posts photos and videos of their Thanksgiving weekend to <a href=”http://cts.businesswire.com/ct/CT?id=smartlink&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FLastMinuteTravel%2F%3Ffref%3Dts&esheet=51456919&newsitemid=20161109005101&lan=en-US&anchor=Facebook&index=2&md5=4b519054cf946153906086736d213228″>Facebook</a>, <a href=”http://cts.businesswire.com/ct/CT?id=smartlink&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.instagram.com%2Flast.minute.travel%2F&esheet=51456919&newsitemid=20161109005101&lan=en-US&anchor=Instagram&index=3&md5=2e59a980a136ef8f440811763cb113ce”>Instagram</a> and <a href=”http://cts.businesswire.com/ct/CT?id=smartlink&url=https%3A%2F%2Ftwitter.com%2FLMTTweets&esheet=51456919&newsitemid=20161109005101&lan=en-US&anchor=Twitter&index=4&md5=c92ab1c04a75232ec46a4c62903f631e”>Twitter</a> will win a free Last Minute Travel Club Membership – a $50 value that allows consumers to access wholesale travel rates on Cyber Monday and throughout the year. In addition, the post with the most engagement will receive a […]

  • ATLANTA November 1, 2016 — Allconnect, a leader in sales and marketing solutions for energy companies, today announced that Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E), one of the largest combined natural gas and electric utilities in the United States, has transferred 2.5 million customers to Allconnect since the Simple Connections program launched in 2008. Executives from both companies celebrated the achievement at PG&E’s call centers last week. Based in San Francisco, with more than 20,000 employees, PG&E delivers some of the nation’s cleanest energy to nearly 16 million people in Northern and Central California. “PG&E is an incredible partner for us, and our partnership goes beyond an impressive 2.5 million transfers,” said Sam Howe, Allconnect CEO. “Last year, they hosted our annual Partner Summit, which brings together utility and energy companies from all over the country to network and share best practices. We also partner on their California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) program to ensure ongoing affordability of energy for their customers. We look forward to exploring more solutions that enhance their customers’ experience in the years to come.” PG&E customers who call in to transfer or establish service have the opportunity to speak with an Allconnect home service advisor to review the numerous home service options specifically available at their new address, including satellite TV, cable TV, Internet, phone and home security systems. Customers whose income qualifies them for the CARE program will also get the opportunity to receive information about how to enroll after the call. After discussing the home service plans, […]

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