German Travel Web Site Hotel.de AG Connects to Pegasus

hotel.de
, a leading German Internet hotel reservation service, announced that its
online hotel bookings are now being Powered by Pegasus(TM). 
The new booking capabilities allow hotel.de`s
online booking customers to choose from an additional 44,000 hotels worldwide, including
established brands such as Best Western, Hilton, and Marriott.
Pegasus Solutions
, has seven
offices in Europe.  The hotel.de account is being serviced out of
Pegasus` London facility.

With implementation nearly finished and the new XML connection in place, hotel.de is transitioning from the TRUST booking system to
Pegasus` online booking engine.


The agreement between hotel.de and Pegasus Solutions allows hotel.de
visitors to select and book accommodations online by providing direct access to the central reservations systems of the hotels represented in Pegasus Solutions` Online Distribution Database.  More than 40 percent of the hotels in Pegasus` database are located outside the
United States, and more than 1,600 of the hotels are located in
Germany.


Pegasus` database includes a wealth of information for travellers, enabling hotel.de customers to view detailed property information,
rates and photos, and secure instant real-time reservations 24 hours a
day at hotels worldwide.  In addition to established brands, a host of
premier independent and luxury properties are included, giving travel
buyers a vast array of options when searching for hotels.

Other European Web sites that are Powered by Pegasus include United
Kingdom-based ASE.net, All-hotels.com, Hotelnet.co.uk, LastMinute.com,
HotelHub.net, Ebookers.com, Travelmall.com, Hotelzon, LateRooms.com,
Direct-Hotels.co.uk, and Cologne, Germany-based HRS.de.  Deutsche
Bahn, Germany`s National Rail Company, also signed with Pegasus Solutions to implement online hotel booking capabilities.

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Industry Statistics

* According to Jupiter MMXI, Germany is the second largest
online travel market in Europe, with 5.1 million unique visitors in
January 2002.

* Jupiter MMXI estimates the European online travel market will
be worth more than 20 billion EURO by 2006.

* Investment company Bear Stearns predicts that the online booking of hotel rooms will grow to $15.5 billion in 2006 from $3.8
billion in 2000.

* According to ComScore Media Metrix, sales of travel services,
the largest e-commerce category, grew 32% in July 2002 compared to the
same month last year, reaching a level of $2.9 billion.

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(23/08/2002) Pegasus Celebrates Commitment to Travel Agents

(31/07/2002) Pegasus Solutions` Second Quarter 2002 Results Exceed Expectations.

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