Travel Leaders Select Hotels & Resorts Program Undergoes Significant Expansion
PULSE: Travel Leaders Select Hotels & Resorts Program Undergoes Significant Expansion
WHY IT RATES: A key distinguishing characteristic of Travel Leaders Group's Select Hotels & Resorts program is the fact that 400 properties do not participate in any other luxury hotel program in the industry. They participate exclusively in the Travel Leaders' luxury hotel program. - Claudette Covey, TravelPulse Host Agency and Consortia Editor
Travel Leaders Group is announcing today that the significantly expanded 2015 Edition of its Select Hotels & Resorts – its proprietary collection of the world’s most luxurious hotels – has been shipped to all qualifying luxury-oriented travel agencies under the Travel Leaders Group umbrella, including those from Protravel International, Travel Leaders and Tzell Travel Group. The number of participating properties in the 2015 Edition of Select Hotels & Resorts has soared to over 750 – an increase of nearly 68% since the program’s inaugural book two years ago. The program also recently launched an agent microsite that features an additional 100 hotels and resorts that were welcomed into the portfolio since the book went to print, thus charting an increase of more than a third over last year alone.
“What truly distinguishes our Select Hotels & Resorts collection is the level of growth charted over the past two consecutive years among both five- and four-star properties. In fact, there are now 400 unique properties around the world that only partner with Travel Leaders Group,” explained Barry Liben, Chief Executive Officer for Travel Leaders Group. “As more luxury hoteliers around the world have grown to understand the scope and breadth of Travel Leaders Group, and how we sell more luxury travel than any other organization, they have clamored to be invited into this exclusive collection. Since we’ve continually demonstrated just how discerning our clientele is by consistently delivering strong ADRs, we have been able to negotiate some of the most desirable perks and benefits that our agents can offer their customers.”
“At Travel Leaders Group, we are dedicated to providing our agencies and hotel partners with the best program to ensure gratification and loyalty from our mutual clients,” noted Christina Gambini, Vice President of the Travel Leaders Group Select Hotels & Resorts program, in an agent message accompanying the 2015 Edition. “At all Travel Leaders Group Select properties, your clients will continue to enjoy complimentary breakfast for two daily, early check-in and late check-out, based upon availability, upgrade upon arrival, subject to availability, special Select amenity, and more benefits.”
In addition to the attractively bound copy of the 2015 Edition of Select Hotels & Resorts, Gambini pointed eligible agents to the new microsite, which includes:
- Hotel e-Directory of all participating properties.
- Instructions for “How to Book” participating properties through the GDS, using TZE in Worldspan, Sabre and Amadeus or TZEL in Apollo/Galileo.
- “Agent Resources” ranging from online information agents can share with clients to customized RFP inserts to share with accounts. The section also offers agent webinars and agent incentives.
- Spotlights on key “Supplier Partners,” including dedicated online and telephone contact information exclusively for Travel Leaders Group agents. Direct contact information for General Managers is also provided.
- “Selected Experiences” that profile some of the leading individual properties.
- “Select Special” offers and packages.
According to Gambini, in order to be invited into Select Hotels & Resorts, qualifying properties must provide guests with each of the items outlined above along with Select Special Amenities. Some of those amenities include complimentary food and beverages, spa credits, rounds of golf or even airport transfers. All participating hotels and resorts are also required to provide a guaranteed commission to the agents eligible to book into Select Hotels & Resorts.
Travel Leaders Group is a $20 billion powerhouse in the travel industry, comprising approximately 30% of all travel agencies in North America that are wholly-owned, franchised, or member agencies. It is a leader in both the retail travel agency space and corporate travel, and it consistently ranks as one of the top travel companies nationwide.
SOURCE: Travel Leaders press release
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