and Announce Strategic Alliance; Hotel Distribution Network and Internet Desti

22nd Feb 2001 ( the Internet`s hotel reservation and distribution network, and (
) the acknowledged leader in Internet destination marketing, announced a strategic alliance that will co-brand their services to the destination marketing industry.
As part of the agreement, will provide marketing to drive traffic to destination partner web sites and will be the exclusive provider of hotel booking solutions that include real-time online reservations capabilities to`s clients.
This alliance signals the convergence of the two companies` tourism networks to better promote tourism e-commerce to this underserved market. connects accommodation providers, regardless of size, with its proprietary network of more than 1,500 web-based distribution partners including web portals, destination- and activity-based web sites, call centers and travel agents. Notable distribution partners include Delta Airlines, AOL, Lycos, Ask Jeeves, LookSmart,, the American Hotel & Motel Association, and numerous destination marketing organization (DMO) web sites and call centers. specializes in Internet-focused marketing services that drive traffic to DMO web sites; including market research, marketing plan development, travel portal development, search engine optimization, software engineering, CRM and online marketing. clients include the State of Nevada and convention and visitor bureaus and destination marketing organizations in Las Vegas, Nevada; Atlanta, Georgia; and more than 20 more destination marketing organizations nationwide.
“This alliance is an excellent fit for both our companies and our clients, because we each excel in critical areas necessary for the online travel space—Internet marketing that drives target audience traffic and real-time reservations processing that completes the transaction,” said Leah Woolford, founder and chairman of the board of U.S. Destination Marketing, Inc. ( “We were looking for the `Best of Breed` in next generation reservations booking engines and we found it in”
“Through our partnerships with more than 30 state and numerous municipal and regional DMOs, has already established itself as the clear leader in online reservations solutions for the destination marketing industry,” commented Greg Jones, CEO of “Adding USDM`s marketing expertise to our existing suite of services will make for an even more powerful and comprehensive DMO offering. This alliance furthers our company`s mission to be the world`s dominant hotel reservations, distribution and services network.”


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