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Collaboration to tap into consumers’ strong appetite for travel and burgeoning online travel booking market
Travelocity India, a wholly owned subsidiary of Travelocity, a leading global OTA (Online Travel Agent) and MasterCard Worldwide, today announced a two-year strategic collaboration in India that will offer MasterCard cardholders in the country exclusive deals and packages across Travelocity’s global network of over 450 airlines and hotels across over 1000 cities globally, including 126 cities in India.
Travel has consistently ranked among the top purchasing priorities for consumers across Asia Pacific, with one in four consumers across the region looking to pack their bags for a getaway, according to MasterCard survey findings. The alliance between Travelocity and MasterCard caters not only to the strong appetite for travel, but also taps into the burgeoning online travel booking market in India which is expected to escalate further this year.
“When MasterCard cardholders book via Travelocity.co.in, they are ensured of accurate, competitively priced and instantly confirmed bookings for flights and hotels. Travelocity has a wide and extensive global network of airlines and hotels selection to match our deep understanding of travelers across India. As the leading online travel portal, Travelocity is continually reviewing and innovating its product offerings in order to meet the rising expectations of sophisticated travelers,” said Roshan Mendis, President of ZUJI Asia Pacific.
Himanshu Singh, Managing Director of Travelocity India explained, “Travelocity India has been committed to guaranteeing the widest choice at unmatched fares; hence, we work with our partners to come out with offers that benefit our customers. The current offer is also a great opportunity for the Indian consumers to make their travel bookings on a safe and secure platform and enjoy not only a pleasant travel but also fantastic returns on their bookings.”
“Consumers are increasingly planning their entire vacation online. Our own research has shown that air tickets are among the top purchases consumers make online. By aligning with Travelocity India, one of the country’s leading online travel agents, MasterCard is making the online travel planning process easier and more valuable to cardholders. This strategic collaboration with Travelocity is another example of MasterCard’s commitment to give cardholders Priceless benefits,” said Nagesh Devata, vice president, Market Development, Asia/Pacific, Middle East & Africa, MasterCard Worldwide.
Aside from enjoying MasterCard exclusive airfares and hotel rates, MasterCard cardholders can also look forward to the following benefits when booking with Travelocity:
- MasterCard Everyday Savings – Book a flight with Travelocity.co.in using your MasterCard card and receive a Rs. 1000 hotel e-voucher applicable on your next hotel booking with Travelocity.
- MasterCard Mondays – Book a hotel with Travelocity.co.in using your MasterCard card and enjoy 10% off in the form of credit rebates.
For more information, please log onto www.travelocity.co.in
About Travelocity and Travelocity India
Travelocity® is one of the largest travel companies in the world with gross bookings of more than U.S. $10 billion annually. Travelocity operates multiple businesses tailored to customers domestically in North America and international sites catering to local travellers around the globe. Travelocity owns and operates: Travelocity Business® for corporate travel; igougo.com, a leading online travel community; lastminute.com, a leader in European online travel; and ZUJI, a leader in Asia-Pacific online travel. Travelocity is owned by Sabre Holdings Corporation, a world leader in travel marketing and distribution.
As a champion for customers, Travelocity India offers Indian travellers an exceptional travel planning and shopping experience online, great value and choices, safe and secure booking and buying online. Travelocity India was created in 2007 (www.travelocity.co.in) and offers a full suite of online travel choices, giving consumers control over their travel planning, and the convenience of online bookings and payment.
About MasterCard Worldwide
As a leading global payments company, MasterCard Worldwide prides itself on being at the heart of commerce, helping to make life easier and more efficient for everyone, everywhere. MasterCard serves as a franchisor, processor and advisor to the payments industry, and makes commerce happen by providing a critical economic link among financial institutions, governments, businesses, merchants, and cardholders worldwide. In 2010, $2.7 trillion in gross dollar volume was generated on its products by consumers around the world. Powered by the MasterCard Worldwide Network – the fastest payment processing network in the world – MasterCard processes over 23 billion transactions each year and has the capacity to handle 160 million transactions per hour, with an average network response time of 130 milliseconds and with 99.99 percent reliability. MasterCard advances global commerce through its family of brands, including MasterCard®, Maestro®, and Cirrus®; its suite of core products such as credit, debit, and prepaid; and its innovative platforms and functionalities, such as MasterCard PayPass™ and MasterCard inControl®. MasterCard serves consumers, governments, and businesses in more than 210 countries and territories. For more information, please visit us at www.mastercard.com. Follow us on Twitter: @mastercardnews.