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VEGAS.com Introduces Travel Packaging of the Future
(LAS VEGAS, March 30, 2009) -- VEGAS.com, the world's largest city site, announces the first fully integrated travel shopping cart where consumers can move seamlessly through thousands of pages of Vegas travel choices, add items and check out with a single transaction. The technology breakthrough, self-developed by VEGAS.com, surpasses any packaging capability existing in today's online travel market and gives VEGAS.com visitors a selection of 207 billion possible combinations of Vegas tourism offerings.
Customers can build any Vegas package imaginable, without following a predetermined path. They can browse the site and assemble a customized package which includes hotels, flights, shows, tours, nightclub passes, golf tee times and more in one shopping cart, and make their purchase with a single transaction (with currency conversions for international customers). The patent-pending technology is backed by the most complete selection of Vegas tourism content and products available anywhere and 24/7 customer service. Adding to hundreds of existing hotel options, shows, tours, golf, nightclubs and restaurants, VEGAS.com now grows from one airline to 400 airlines and from 90 inbound cities to 1,700 inbound cities worldwide.
"We're thrilled to be able to offer visitors to our city billions of options and the ability to plan their trip any way they want," said Howard Lefkowitz, President and CEO of VEGAS.com. "This is good not only for consumers but also for our hospitality and tourism partners throughout Las Vegas. We've tackled all of the complexity on the back-end so inventory flows seamlessly for both consumers and our partners."
Other sites force customers to remain in the air-hotel booking path, where they can only choose from a pre-set list of options with very limited choices of the types of products that are a critical part of the travel experience -- shows, nightclubs, tours, golf, dining and more.
VEGAS.com customers move at their own pace, visiting only the sections they care about and leaving the air-hotel booking path at any time to conduct in-depth research on Vegas products. Customers can read reviews, watch videos and view photos. When they find something they want to add to their trip, they can add it to their shopping cart and then browse other sections of the site.
"It's great to see innovation created in Southern Nevada that benefits both Las Vegas visitors and our hospitality and tourism industries," said Rossi Ralenkotter, President and CEO of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.
The new shopping experience allows customers to choose from hundreds of airlines and all Vegas hotels to assemble a package with a single price and with special savings into the single shopping cart. Air information is provided through direct partnerships and via Travelport's Worldspan GDS (global distribution system).
"I've worked with VEGAS.com for many years," said H. Travis Christ, President, Americas, for Travelport. "They've been innovative since the beginning, and this is the latest in their history-making advancements. This has a wow factor for customers wanting to purchase travel online and a wow factor for travel providers who will benefit from increased bookings."
VEGAS.com is the largest city destination travel website in the world with extensive, constantly updated information and a full range of travel products including hotel rooms, air-hotel packages, show tickets, tours and golf. A state-of-the-art contact center provides customer support, expert information and sales 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to complement the information on http://www.vegas.com and http://espanol.vegas.com/. VEGAS.com, through its Casino Travel & Tours unit, operates retail and concierge desks at more than 70 locations including the Palms, Paris, Harrah's, Bally's, Mandalay Bay, Excalibur, New York-New York, Luxor and more. The company also offers a variety of excursions including city tours, the Hoover Dam and the Grand Canyon. VEGAS.com is a member of the Greenspun Family of Companies, privately owned and operating in Southern Nevada for more than 60 years.