“Clicks to Bricks” Vacation Company Taps America’s Favorite Host as ByeByeNOW.com’s Virtual Tour Guide
ByeByeNOW.com, a revolutionary new vacation travel company led by Emmy Award winner and former NBC News executive Guy Pepper, today announced that Regis Philbin has agreed to serve as spokesperson for the company. The innovative endorsement deal will bring Regis to the Web via streaming video, 24-hours a day, seven-days-a-week. Philbin will also appear in broadcast, print and online advertising for ByeByeNOW.com, which is expected to break later this summer.
Philbin will be the virtual tour guide of the ByeByeNOW.com Web site, where consumers can access full-motion streaming video and 360-degree photographic tours of their vacation destinations before they book their trip. The Web site’s streaming TV channel - ByeByeNOW TV - offers the largest and most updated library of leisure travel multimedia content on the Web. As the Web host of ByeByeNOW.com, Philbin will welcome visitors, explain how to navigate the site, and provide humorous and informative commentary for each area of the site.
“ByeByeNOW.com is dramatically changing the way vacation travel is bought and sold,” said Guy Pepper, president and CEO of ByeByeNOW.com. “Regis is someone that everyone knows and trusts, and he will be the face of our company. Regis is the perfect choice because he appeals to all of our customers, those who visit us online, call us on the phone or stop by one of our traditional retail travel stores in cities nationwide. By leveraging the power of the Internet and the latest multimedia technologies, we can take the guesswork out of booking your vacation. With Regis as your guide, you can search it, see it, and book it, all in the same visit to ByeByeNOW.com.”
“I love vacations, especially cruises, and ByeByeNOW.com really makes booking your vacation easy, convenient and fun,” said Philbin. “And it is so simple that even a Web novice like myself can do it. Once you log on, I’ll guide you through the site where you can check out the staterooms on a cruise ship, take a look at the pool of a hotel, and even hit the beach. Whether it’s a cruise, a golf vacation, a romantic getaway, whatever you want, ByeByeNOW.com and I will take you on a virtual tour of your entire trip.”
In addition to offering video tours of nearly 1,000 vacation destinations, ByeByeNOW.com enables consumers to talk live, in real-time, to a ByeByeNOW.com Travel Expert located at the franchised “brick and mortar” travel agency closest to their home, while they surf the site. With the click of a mouse, a Travel Expert will appear on the computer screen using video conferencing and voice over IP technology; or consumers can conduct their conversation with the Travel Expert via two-way, live text chat. After normal business hours, consumers will be put in contact with a Travel Expert at ByeByeNOW.com’s 24-hour customer care call center.
Pepper concluded, “Our goal is to make it easier for consumers to research and book their vacation, and to provide a complete sense of security in making a decision and booking a trip. You can visit ByeByeNOW.com online, call one of our travel experts on the phone, or visit one of our ByeByeNOW.com Travel Stores in cities across the country.”
ByeByeNOW.com’s multimedia library, which has been produced in-house during the last three months with network TV quality standards, is the most current database of vacation content on the Internet. More than 50 new videos and virtual tours are produced by the company’s in-house production team and posted on the site weekly.