PALMA DE MALLORCA, Spain and SAN FRANCISCO, May 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Sol Melia Hotels & Resorts, S.A. and ezRez Software, Inc., today announced the launch of Flight + Hotel package deals available for US travelers on www.solmelia.com and through dedicated Sol Melia reservation agents. As part of the new functionality, travelers can also book car transfers and destination activities with their flight and hotel package. Customers who book trips through Sol Melia will have access to hundreds of airlines, including American Airlines and Delta, as well as thousands of local destination activities in the many markets served by the hotel chain.
With over 300 hotels in 30 countries, Sol Melia is the largest resort hotel chain in the world. Through the new technology partnership, flights and destination activities provided by ezRez can be packaged with any of the company's hotel brands, including Gran Melia, Melia, ME by Melia, Paradisus Resorts, Innside by Melia, Tryp by Wyndham and Sol Hotels.
"A vast majority of our rooms sold through indirect channels are part of package deals, especially for our Caribbean, Central and South America destinations," said Antonio Batanero, Senior Director of Distribution and eCommerce for Sol Melia in the Americas. "By adding ezRez technology to our direct-to-consumer channels, Sol Melia's most dedicated customers will now have expanded flight options plus the availability of finding all travel solutions at just one point."
"As a global hotel chain with a large presence in Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, Sol Melia understands the complexity of managing operations across multiple countries with a single technology platform," said John Swanciger, Chief Commercial Officer at ezRez. "ezRez will allow Sol Melia to individualize their products for each market to provide unique customer offers without increasing operating complexity."
About Sol Melia Hotels & Resorts, S.A.
Sol Melia was founded in 1956 in Palma de Mallorca (Spain) and is one of the world's largest resort hotel chains, as well as Spain's leading hotel chain in both the business and leisure markets. It currently provides more than 300 hotels in 26 countries on 4 continents under its brands: Gran Melia, Melia, ME Hotels, Innside by Melia, Tryp by Wyndham, Sol, Paradisus y Sol Melia Vacation Club.
Sol Melia is the only travel company included in the exclusive "FTSE4GoodIbex" Spanish stock market index and is a signatory of the United Nations Global Compact. In 2008 the company approved its Global Sustainability Policy and in 2009 it was named the first "Biosphere Hotel Company" by the Responsible Tourism Institute, supported by UNESCO. That same year the company was also awarded the Prince Felipe Award for Tourism Excellence for the second time.
About ezRez Software, Inc.
ezRez Software, Inc. enables its partners to sell any combination of travel products including air, car, hotel, trip activities, packaging and travel insurance to anyone, anywhere in the world. Its Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform allows clients to easily launch online travel agency functionality with the look and feel of a customized implementation at a fraction of the cost. ezRez provides access to more than 200,000 travel suppliers and its clients include some of the world's largest airlines, hotels, travel agencies and banking loyalty programs, such as AirAsia, American Airlines, American Express, Emirates Airline, Intercontinental Hotels, JetBlue, LAN Airlines, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, and United Airlines. Based in San Francisco, ezRez was founded in 2003 and has secured $17 million in venture funding led by Canaan Partners with participation from Azure Capital Partners. For more information, visit www.ezrez.com.
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