Travelocity.com (Nasdaq: TVLY), the most popular travel site on the Web, and 17 major domestic and international airlines serving Japan announced today that they will launch Japan`s first one-stop online travel site, tabini (www.tabini.com
) on March 26, 2002.
The Japanese site joins Travelocity.com`s other global ventures in Europe and Asia to significantly expand the online travel company`s reach in the global marketplace.
tabini is a joint venture between U.S.-based Travelocity.com; Japan`s top three airlines, Japan Airlines (JAL), All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Japan Air Systems (JAS); and 14 major U.S. and Asian airlines.
“We are excited to be continuing Travelocity.com`s global expansion with this new joint venture,” said Terrell B. Jones
, president and chief executive officer of Travelocity.com. “We think it is a prime opportunity to bring our experience and innovation into this rich partnership to create a powerful brand in the Japanese travel industry.”
Powered by Travelocity.com technology, tabini will offer comprehensive online travel services, including booking on virtually all international airlines serving Japan, along with more than 55,000 hotels and more than 50 car rental companies in Japan and internationally. The site will include such features as Travelocity.com`s popular “Dream Maps,” which shows a map of international destinations within a budget input by the user, and “Fare Watcher,” a personalized service that tracks the best round trip fare to a requested destination and notifies members when fares drop. Backed by major domestic and international airlines serving Japan, and relying on Travelocity.com`s six years of experience in the online travel industry, tabini`s goal is to become the leading brand in the rapidly expanding Japanese online travel market.
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