Travel Leaders Group reports its Worldwide Hotel Program completed its inaugural year with the number of hotel properties included in the program increased by over 50 percent since its inception.
The program provides travel agents under its umbrella with competitive and commissionable rates at all participating hotel properties. Travel agents affiliated with one of Travel Leaders Group’s brands now have the opportunity to earn guaranteed commissions at approximately 34,000 properties worldwide.
According to data collected through the GDS – travel agents use code 7TL for Travelport and TL7 for Amadeus – more than 350,000 room nights have been booked through the end of last year, the Group says. The most popular domestic cities booked throughout 2013 included New York, Chicago, Washington, Denver, Houston and Atlanta. The top three international cities that were booked included London, Paris and Toronto.
“Our proprietary hotel solution for our 40,000-plus travel agents has already become one of the industry’s largest hotel programs, now boasting 34,000 properties worldwide,” noted Barry Liben, Travel Leaders Group CEO.
“Our agents’ stellar adoption and use of the program has been so successful – far surpassing our expectations and that of participating hoteliers – that we’ve been able to attract significantly more properties around the world. That in turn, offers our agents’ clients the finest array of options, along with value-added amenities like complimentary breakfasts and Wi-Fi at most of them," Liben said.
Liben said that the program has gained particular traction among corporate-oriented travel agents. “It’s not lost on us that the most-booked destinations are typically associated with business travel, thus underscoring the business to leisure ratio inherent within our business.”
“However, the high placement of popular leisure destinations like Orlando and Las Vegas demonstrates that our leisure agents are also actively using the program," Liben said.