ebookers Chosen as an Official Travel Agent for 2003 Rugby World Cup

ebookers plc the pan-European online travel agency, has announced that it has
been selected as an Official Overseas Travel Agency of the 2003 Rugby World
Cup, to be held in Australia in October and November 2003. 

will sell
match tickets on its websites which will be packaged with a huge range of
Australian flights, hotel and car hire products, many at discount prices. This
will be supported by an online marketing campaign.
Matches will be played at 10 destinations across Australia, from Sydney to
Perth. The Australian Tourist Commission estimates that the event will attract
40,000 international visitors to Australia during the 44 days of the

ebookers also named Official Travel Centre of the International Rugby Board
In a separate development, ebookers` Irish subsidiary, ebookers.ie, has
been selected to supply corporate travel services to the International Rugby
Board—the World Governing and Law-making body for the Game of Rugby Union,
and the organisers of the Rugby World Cup 2003. 
ebookers is now designated
“The Official Travel Centre of the International Rugby Board.”  The
International Rugby Board (IRB), with its headquarters in Dublin, Ireland, has
a membership that extends to the national rugby unions of 96 countries.  The
IRB holds regular regional and international meetings resulting in
considerable travel requirements.
  ebookers will provide the IRB with a 24 hour corporate travel service with
dedicated personnel and phone support. ebookers guarantees to match or beat
the best prices on available fares, and to give the IRB access to ebookers`
thousands of negotiated discount fares worldwide.
Ian Carter, Managing Director of ebookers.com in the UK comments:
  “As an international travel agency ebookers is proud to be associated with
the worldwide sport of rugby, both through our prestigious new corporate
agreement with the IRB, and through our selection as a travel agency of the
2003 Rugby World Cup.  We have a long history of providing travel to Australia
and managing both supporter and participative sports tours.  We will use our
access to discount fares to provide fans with some exciting great value rugby
packages on our website.”
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