Vacation.com boosts hotel network

Vacation.com is adding Marriott International to its preferred supplier lineup, granting members access to benefits and incentives at 11 of the world’s top hotel brands, with nearly 2,800 properties worldwide.  Vacation.com will partner with the hotel company to create marketing initiatives and incentives for the member agencies.

Leading Marriott International hotel brands participating in the program include Marriott Hotels & Resorts, JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Renaissance Hotels & Resorts, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, Courtyard By Marriott, Springhill Suites, Fairfield Inn & Suites, Residence Inn, Towneplace Suites, Marriott Executive Apartments and Marriott Vacation Club International.

“The right partnerships are the keys to success in this industry, and the Vacation.com/Marriott alliance is a natural,” said Steve Tracas, president & CEO, Vacation.com.

“We selected Marriott as our first preferred hotel partner because Vacation.com and Marriott International have much in common,” added Tracas.  “We are both the largest organization in our respective fields, we have common cultures, we both firmly believe that proactive, savvy travel agents can have a strong influence on their clients’ hospitality choices, and we are committed to ensuring a strong and profitable travel agency distribution system by providing the tools and resources that help professional sellers of travel succeed.”

“Marriott is pleased to have been selected as Vacation.com’s first hotel partner.  The quality of their travel agency support programs give us the confidence that our two organizations will compliment each other and will provide resources to their travel agency membership that ensures profitable business building opportunities,” said Fred Miller, vice president Global Sales, Marriott International.

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The new preferred hotel partner alliance with Marriott International will take effect for travel beginning Jan. 1, 2007 and include the following benefits for Vacation.com members:

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