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Choice & Mark Announce E-Wholesale Relationship

Worldwide lodging franchisor
Choice Hotels International and The Mark Travel Corporation, a leading
provider of hotel and airline branded vacation packages, today announced
the launch of an e-wholesale relationship that allows travelers to book
rooms at Choice Hotels’ eight brands—Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites,
Quality, Sleep Inn, Clarion, MainStay Suites, Econo Lodge and Rodeway Inn
—via Mark Travel’s Funjet Vacations and United Vacations. Effective immediately, travel agents booking Funjet Vacations Funstays and
United Vacations City Stays through the City Vacations tab in VAX
VacationAccess ( have direct access to
Choice Hotels’ central reservations system, complete with real time
availability and rates to Choice brand hotels worldwide. Additional Mark
Travel vacation companies will be added to the relationship in the coming

“Mark Travel, with its exclusive focus on vacation packaging, represents a
tremendous distribution vehicle for our hotels,” said Mary Beth Knight,
vice president, e-commerce for Choice Hotels. “Leisure travelers represent
a significant portion of our business, and we’re delighted to be part of
the superb products and services offered by the vacation companies of Mark

“The addition of Choice Hotels’ eight brands to our product offerings
gives vacationers even more flexibility when customizing their travel
plans,” said Ray Snisky, president of Funjet Vacations, Mark Travel’s
flagship brand. “With the addition of Choice Hotels, we are giving our
travel agents more product to sell and more choices for their clients by
offering thousands of additional hotels.”

The Mark Travel Corporation is headquartered in Milwaukee. Founded in
1974, the company employs more than 1,700 individuals in 15 offices
worldwide. The vacation companies of The Mark Travel Corporation include
such well-known names as AeroMexico Vacations, Blue Sky Tours, Funjet
Vacations, Mark International, MGM MIRAGE Vacations, Midwest Airlines
Vacations, Mountain Vacations, Showtime Tours, Southwest Airlines
Vacations, TransGlobal Vacations, Travel Charter, United Vacations, US
Airways Vacations, Vacations by Adventure Tours and