LAS VEGAS, April 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Bonotel Exclusive Travel, North America's leading receptive tour operator, announced an exclusive partnership with the William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration at the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV), and the launch of the Bonotel Brief, a regular industry "insider" report that delivers cutting edge content and information to keep hoteliers, international tour operators, travel agents and other leaders one step ahead of key trends shaping the industry.
Faisal Sublaban, President at Bonotel, said, "We are excited to launch this partnership with UNLV, along with the Bonotel Brief. These are two components of a long-term strategy to reinforce Bonotel's position as both a leading purveyor of luxury travel arrangements in North America – and a trusted provider of exclusive content, data and educational material and programming for our suppliers and customers."
He concluded, "Our customers and suppliers have told us that in an age of disruption, fast-paced change and intense competition, what they need most is a full-service sales and marketing partner. When our founder and CEO David Sporn created the company 25 years ago he had a vision rooted in luxury and preferred partnerships. Over time this vision has not wavered, in fact it has only sharpened. It is this same vision which guides us today and has allowed us to become one of America's largest inbound tour operators."
Bonotel generates more than 1.25 million room nights annually, and works with more than 2,000 international tour operators in every major and emerging market. Bonotel contracts with 2,800 distinctive hotels in North America and the Caribbean, and is experiencing better than 20% growth year over year. In 2014, in support of Bonotel's continued worldwide growth, The Carlyle Group, a leading global private equity company, acquired a majority stake in the company.
Dr. Stowe Shoemaker, Dean of the William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, said, "We are delighted to partner with Bonotel on a broad-ranging series of initiatives that will keep key players informed of the most important trends shaping our industry, as together, we develop a new generation of industry leaders. One part of College's mission is cultivating career opportunities for our students, and this partnership will expose students to an important part of the travel distribution channel. At the College, we also develop theory to help drive practice. Bonotel's international profile, with its headquarters here in Las Vegas, will help us marry theory to practice, right here in our own backyard – a real "win-win" for both organizations. "
The Bonotel-UNLV partnership plans to include elements such as jointly sponsored industry and consumer research; internship and unique in-class programming opportunities for students; and targeted publication placement and presentation opportunities for UNLV faculty.
About the Bonotel Brief
In support of the partnership, Bonotel distributed the first issue of the Bonotel Brief, an industry "insider" report providing in-depth analysis of cutting-edge issues written by leading academic travel experts and practitioners.
Distributed to its tight knit community of suppliers and customers around the world, the first issue includes articles such as:
"Consumer Decision-Making Process: Strategies and Tactics" – by Dr. Stowe Shoemaker
"State of the U.S. Hotel Industry" – an update from Jan Freitag, Senior Vice President at STR (formerly Smith Travel Research)
"Within the Gloom, a Forthcoming Travel Boom" - by Vikram Mansharamani, PhD, Senior Fellow at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business & Government at the Harvard Kennedy School
The Bonotel Brief will be distributed each quarter, and will feature provocative, insightful and topical content designed to keep readers one step ahead of the conversation.
Virkram Mansharamani said, "I am happy to be part of the Bonotel Brief, a much-needed channel of new information and opinion for travel providers." He concluded,
"From broad economic trends and public policy developments to data on the highest velocity segments of the travel industry, the Bonotel Brief is certain to inform and stimulate debate among the leaders of the industry."
For more information on the "Bonotel Brief" or to learn more about Bonotel Exclusive Travel, visit www.bonotel.com.
About Bonotel Exclusive Travel
Bonotel is a leading aggregator and wholesale distributor of both branded and boutique luxury hotel rooms to a longstanding base of international wholesale clients. The Company works with a network of more than 2,800 hotel partners and provides seamless electronic distribution to approximately 2,000 international tour operators through the Company's IT platform. Bonotel was founded in 1991 and is headquartered in Las Vegas, NV.
About the William D. Harrah College of Hotel Administration
UNLV's William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration is consistently ranked as one of the top college hospitality programs in the country. The Harrah College is home to an internationally-recognized faculty, academic programs that mix the right amount of classroom and work experience, students who are well prepared to enter the job market, and alumni who are leaders in the hospitality industry.
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