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Leading Hotels Follow 4Oceans into China

Online travel reservations specialist, 4oceans has
signed a distribution agreement with The Leading Hotels of the World on
behalf of their collection of exclusive properties worldwide.

The agreement will allow agents connected to the 4oceans platform to gain
access for the first time to Leading Hotels` luxury hotels worldwide.

4oceans` subscribers will be able to see at-a-glance room availability,
proceed to securing guaranteed reservations and receive instant booking
confirmations in a real time, on-line environment directly from The Leading
Hotels of the World, Ltd. Central Reservations System.

In return, hoteliers will be able to market unsold space and send
information about promotional offers, rates and product information to the
Chinese market, via the 4oceans platform, which is the largest electronic
distribution channel in the country.

Despite current fears over the SARS virus, China remains one of the fastest
growing travel markets in the world.  Recent figures show that in 2001 over
12 million passengers conducted outbound travel from the country and this is
expected to grow by around 30% per annum for the foreseeable future.


Joe Opp, Senior Vice President Membership Services for The Leading Hotels of
the World, Ltd said: “The partnership with 4oceans has enabled our company
access to new and important distribution channels previously unavailable to
our hotels as well as around 280 million people from the middle class
demographic in China.

“There have been more new millionaires created in China, over the past three
years, than anywhere else in the world.  The deal presents a tremendous
opportunity for us to tap into this incredible emerging market to generate
new revenue opportunities for our member hotels.”

4oceans Managing Director, David Yates added: “We are looking forward to a
very close and mutually beneficial relationship with The Leading Hotels of
the World, Ltd.

“The demographic make-up of China has changed significantly over the last
few years, and with outbound travel continuing to grow at such a healthy
rate we are now seeing an emerging market for the luxury hotel sector.
Obviously Leading Hotels is synonymous with this sector and this agreement
places us in an ideal position to offer our customers the best possible
value-added service at the right time.”

Recent deals with Pegasus and CCRA have further boosted the wide range of
hotels available on-line to 4oceans` growing number of subscribing agents in
China and the rest of the world.

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