LONDON, May 7 /PRNewswire/ --
GTA by Travelport, a global travel wholesaler and the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) [LON: IHG, NYSE: IHG (ADRs)], owner of the InterContinental(R) Hotels Resorts, Hotel Indigo(R), Crowne Plaza(R) Hotels Resorts, Holiday Inn(R) Hotels Resorts, Holiday Inn Express(R), Staybridge Suites(R) and Candlewood Suites(R) brands, today announced that they have signed a global full content distribution agreement to further strengthen their strategic relationship.
The distribution agreement ensures that GTA's thousands of tour operator and travel agency customers will have access to the world's largest hotel group by number of rooms and the broad range of room and rate types available at IHG's 4,100 hotels and more than 600,000 guest rooms in nearly 100 countries and territories around the world. The expanded content complements GTA's diverse range of hotels and destination services, and provides its customers greater options when booking tour and travel arrangements for their end consumers.
We're thrilled to be able to offer IHG's global inventory to our customers, stated Kurt Ekert, GTA Chief Operating Officer. Our new relationship with IHG reflects our commitment to expanding our offering and ultimately enhancing the traveller's experience by offering the widest choice in hotel accommodation, best-rate assurance and the best fit for the traveller without compromising on quality.
Today's announcement supports IHG's strategic expansion and growth momentum by providing access to inventory that will be distributed through GTA's multi-channel distribution network which customers can access both online and offline, commented Andrew Rubinacci, VP Distribution Marketing - Europe, Middle East and Africa of InterContinental Hotels Group. By expanding our relationship with GTA, we are able to provide all the advantages that IHG's global hotel portfolio and scale brings to customers through GTA's vast array of travel trade customers around the globe. GTA's dynamic network allows our brands to reach more customers and helps make our brands the first choice for guests globally.
GTA (Gullivers Travel Associates) is a world leader in the provision of ground travel products and services. GTA uses industry-leading online technology to market and distribute global travel content, including more than 30,000 hotels 3,000 apartments with instant confirmation, in over 130 countries. Other travel services include car hire, sightseeing tours and attractions, private transfers, group travel and rail passes. GTA also provides online destination information, including 300 extensive city and country travel guides, weather reports, currency conversion and travel health advice. GTA, www.gta-travel.com, is a Travelport business. Travelport is one of the largest and most geographically diverse travel companies, dedicated to creating the exceptional travel experiences the world demands.
More information about GTA is available at http://www.gta-travel.com/.
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) [LON: IHG, NYSE: IHG (ADRs)] is the world's largest hotel group by number of rooms. IHG owns, manages, leases or franchises, through various subsidiaries, over 4,100 hotels and more than 600,000 guest rooms in nearly 100 countries and territories around the world. The Group owns a portfolio of well recognised and respected hotel brands including InterContinental(R) Hotels Resorts, Hotel Indigo(R), Crowne Plaza(R) Hotels Resorts, Holiday Inn(R) Hotels and Resorts, Holiday Inn Express(R), Staybridge Suites(R) and Candlewood Suites(R), and also manages the world's largest hotel loyalty programme, Priority Club(R) Rewards with 40 million members worldwide.
IHG has more than 1,700 hotels in its development pipeline, which will create 200,000 jobs worldwide over the next few years.
InterContinental Hotels Group PLC is the Group's holding company and is incorporated in Great Britain and registered in England and Wales.
IHG offers information and online reservations for all its hotel brands at www.ihg.com and information for the Priority Club Rewards programme at www.priorityclub.com. For the latest news from IHG, visit our online Press Office at www.ihg.com/media
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