ARLINGTON, Va., July 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- ARC announces the addition of hotels to the many offerings on ARC MarketPlace, an online destination product booking website. Through an agreement with CCRA Travel Solutions, a leading provider of global business-related solutions for travel suppliers and travel professionals, booking agents will now have the ability to survey real-time hotel rates and availability at over 180,000 properties worldwide.
Clicking the "Hotels" banner on ARC MarketPlace (arcmarketplace.com) will send travel agents to CCRA's exclusive website. Once agents register using their ARC Number or ARC MarketPlace ID, they will be able to browse CCRA's vast global network of hotels and view up to five different rate categories on a single search: GDS rates, CCRA negotiated rates, Internet rates, net rates, and 15% commissionable rates.
"We're extremely pleased to partner with CCRA and offer ARC MarketPlace users the ability to book hotel rooms, which is content often requested by our agents," said Mike Premo, ARC's president and CEO. "This feature perfectly complements the website's content of destination activities, visa and passport services, car rentals, and business services. We'll keep on listening to our agents and look forward to continuing to enhance our commissionable product offerings with options like hotels through our partnership with CCRA."
As part of the agreement between ARC and CCRA, more than 29,000 CCRA-member agents will now have quick access to all the features of ARC MarketPlace by clicking the ARC MarketPlace icon on CCRAtravel.com. Offerings include nearly 10,000 tours and activities in 500 worldwide destinations, visa and passport services, and car rental offerings, which are all commissionable and on one easy-to-use site.
"We are delighted to align ourselves with such a well-respected and recognized global travel company as ARC, which shares in CCRA's mission of supporting the travel agency community and regularly seeks new ways to help travel professionals become more profitable and competitive," said Dic Marxen, president and CEO of CCRA Travel Solutions. "Through this new partnership we look forward to building long-standing relationships with ARC's travel agency members by providing them with competitive commissions and negotiated rates at leading hotels across the globe through access to our proprietary hotel reservations portal, CCRAtravel.com."
ARC powers the U.S.-based travel network with premier business solutions, travel agency accreditation services, process and financial management tools, and powerful data analytics. Nearly 14,000 travel agencies and 190 airlines use ARC's settlement services, which in 2012 totaled more than $84 billion. As the industry's gold standard of accreditation, ARC allows participating agencies and carriers to focus on what's important – increasing their revenue. Established in 1984, ARC is headquartered in Arlington, Va. For more information, visit www.arccorp.com
Based in Ft. Worth, Texas, CCRA Travel Solutions is a global solutions provider in the Travel Industry bringing together professional travel agencies and suppliers around the world via marketing and technology. The company is comprised of the CCRA Call Center Solutions, CCRA Global Business Development, CCRA Hotel Partner Solutions, and CCRA Air Partner Solutions. CCRAtravel.com is CCRA's proprietary hotel reservation booking engine that provides real-time rates and availability at over 180,000 hotels worldwide and allows travel agents to choose from up to five rate categories on a single search including: GDS rates, CCRA Preferred rates, Internet rates, Net rates and the 15% Enhanced Commission rate categories. Additionally, CCRA offers a variety of marketing opportunities to suppliers interested in reaching over 30,000 professional travel planners. For more information, please visit www.ccra.com or contact Mary Wiley at email@example.com.
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