Travelocity.com Inc. (Nasdaq: TVLY), the most popular travel site on the Web, and Universal Orlando Resort have announced Travelocity.com customers have the option of purchasing paperless e-tickets online for both the Universal Studios Florida and the Islands of Adventure theme parks.
The Universal Orlando theme park e-tickets will work in the same manner as electronic airline tickets with tickets issued at the parks when purchasers present a driver`s license or some other form of government issued photo identification.
Travelocity.com will offer the online e-tickets to both Universal Orlando theme parks separately or as part of Travelocity Vacations Orlando packages.
Another component of the agreement will give Travelocity Vacations access to room inventory at Universal Orlando`s three onsite Loews hotel resort properties: Portofino Bay Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel and the new 1,000-room Royal Pacific Hotel opening this June.
“Not only does this agreement support Travelocity`s growing merchant model strategy, but it also strengthens our commitment to the Orlando marketplace,” said Terrell B. Jones
, president and chief executive officer of Travelocity.com. “I think our travelers will definitely appreciate the convenience of electronic theme park tickets, and we are dedicated to expanding our partnership with Universal Orlando.”
“The Universal Orlando Resort destination continues to grow and add new entertainment experiences. As we grow, we continually look for new programs and services that allow our guests to put together their ideal vacation with us,” said Bob Gault, president and chief operating officer for Universal Orlando. “This partnership between a world class travel provider like Travelocity.com and a world class destination resort provides a solid foundation, as well as flexibility, for consumers during the critical planning phase of travel.”
Travelers who book a Universal Orlando resort stay plus theme park admissions through Travelocity Vacations will receive Universal Express preferred ride access, special entrances to the most popular rides and attractions that bypass the regular queues. Travelers will also receive priority seating at Universal Orlando restaurants and complimentary package delivery for purchases made at select Universal outlets. Multi-day park ticket purchases will include admission to some of Orlando`s hottest restaurants and nightclubs at Universal`s CityWalk entertainment complex.
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