flightserv.com, a wholly owned subsidiary of eResource Capital Group, has signed definitive documents to acquire Travel Depot & Cruises, Inc. (Travel Depot), subject to final approval of the Airline Reporting Corporation and the International Airlines Travel Agent Network.
If consummated, the acquisition will enable flightserv to negotiate wholesale or bulk-rate ticket purchases from commercial airlines and offer them to their customers as well as to other travel agencies.
Based in Stockbridge, Georgia, Travel Depot had annual sales in excess of $250,000 for calendar year 2000. Travel Depot will keep its name and become the retail division of flightserv for the sale of airline, hotel, car rental and cruise reservations.
flightserv`s new travel programmes are slated to become operational later this year. flightserv intends to sell these travel packages directly to the public. The travel packages are expected to include air, hotel, and ground transportation priced significantly less than they would be if each component were sold separately. With these programmes, Travel Depot hopes to serve as a clearinghouse for scheduled airline related packages.
Travel Depot & Cruises is a retail travel agency whose name will remain the same and will also provide travel arrangements for eResource Capital Group and its subsidiaries.
More VIP Contracts. HARS Systems` subsidiary VIP International Corporation, a proven business generator for hotels and car rental companies around the globe through Internet and GDS electronic distribution and marketing services, announced the signing of 17 new contracts worth approximately $340,000 CAD in revenue annually to the Company over the first year of the contracts.
A total of 32 new contracts have been signed in the last four months. Agreements were signed with seven hotels in Canada including the Rodd Crowbush in Morrell, PEI; Danny`s Inn Restaurant in Beresford, NB; Drawbridge Inn in Sarnia, ON; Chateau Cartier in Ottawa, ON; Canad Inns Polo Park in Winnipeg, MB; Carlton Inn in Winnipeg, MB; and Mount Royal Hotel in Banff, AB. The additional 10 reach the far corners of the world including Dana Beach Resort in Atman, United Arab Emirates; Carpediem Roma Golf Club in Rome, Italy; Carpediem Assisi Living Club in Assisi, Italy; Palace Milton Hotel in Inverness, Scotland, UK; Real Parque Hotel and Real Residencia Suite Hotel in Lisbon Portugal; George V Residence in Sao Paulo, Brazil; Design Suites in Buenos Aires, Argentina; Heritage Inn Express in Hayward, CA, USA; and the Queen Kapiolani Hotel in Honolulu, USA.
www.vipintcorp.com Rental Car Enhancements from SideStep. SideStep has enhanced the company`s rental car pricing feature. According to the company, SideStep is the first and only Internet travel search service to deliver full rental car pricing information to travellers.
SideStep`s car rental feature allows travelers to accurately and easily compare the total base price for rentals to obtain the lowest cost and most convenient option for their travel needs.
SideStep`s unique technology searches, prioritises and displays the best rates across a broad range of travel suppliers. With the new rental car pricing display, SideStep will show the total base price for a car rental, before taxes and fees. Details of the base price will also be displayed, allowing the consumer to see the daily, weekly, hourly or other applicable rates that make up their total price. This allows travellers to compare rental car options on an apples-to-apples basis, and it also lets them see the total base price for their rental prior to booking. Once a consumer makes their travel decision, they are then routed directly to the supplier`s Web site where booking is completed.
“Unlike other major online travel players, SideStep is the first and only online search service to offer consumers the total base rate for car rentals, presenting the clearest and most straightforward basis for price comparison,” said Brian Barth, CEO of SideStep. “SideStep`s car rental feature exemplifies our commitment to providing consumers with the most accurate and easy-to-use resources to simplify the process of booking travel plans online.”