PLYMOUTH, Minn., July 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Rising in sharp contrast against the glut of hotel booking sites that gravitate toward the lowest common denominator of price alone, a new consumer site publicly launching today is designed instead to tempt savvy travelers with substance, style and value that can only be found in four- and five-star hotels. TLSelectHotels.com – short for Travel Leaders Group Select Hotels & Resorts – is an aspirational website placing excellent value within reach. With ultimately 850 participating hotels globally, TLSelectHotels.com already elevates the value proposition not only by providing travelers with best available rates, but also adding complimentary breakfasts for two daily, room upgrades and early check-ins/late check-outs (subject to availability), special Select amenities, and more – all with the service of a travel agent.
"The race to the bottom is littered with countless cookie-cutter sites selling cookie-cutter hotel properties, yet with the dramatic increase in the number of luxury properties around the world, it's clear that price is not the ultimate motivator for truly discerning travelers," explained Barry Liben, Chief Executive Officer of Travel Leaders Group, North America's largest traditional travel agency company with 6,500 locations generating $20 billion in annual sales. "Because of the enormous clout we have earned with the world's most desirable properties, we've succeeded in negotiating exceptional rates with the type of value-added benefits our clients want most – and they can now see what each hotel has to offer via our new TLSelectHotels.com that we're proudly unveiling today."
First launched in 2013 initially with 447 of the world's most prestigious hotels and resorts, Select Hotels & Resorts is an amenity-rich luxury hotel collection that consumers can only book through travel agents affiliated with Travel Leaders Group, including those from such renowned consumer luxury travel agency brands as Cruise Specialists, Protravel International, Travel Leaders and Tzell Travel Group. The new TLSelectHotels.com site is designed to enable consumers to browse participating properties at their leisure or while talking to their personal travel agent.
"Whatever your favorite part of travel is, there's one common element that can fundamentally change an ordinary trip into an extraordinary one: where you opt to stay," noted Christina Gambini, Vice President of Travel Leaders Group's Select Hotels & Resorts. "Since so many of our clients' favorite trips begin with their hotel selection – the places where they'll spend a third or more of their precious vacation time – we've curated our favorite properties from around the world into Select Hotels & Resorts via the all-new TLSelectHotels.com. Our top agents have experienced and enjoyed these properties themselves."
Gambini indicated that TLSelectHotels.com ostensibly seeks to "tempt" visitors based on three separate tracks:
- Where you'd like to go – Geolocated for more personalized experiences, TLSelectHotels.com shows exceptional properties "near to home," "a little farther afield," or "far away." Visitors to the site may also indicate the city or region they're interested in traveling to or simply view Select Hotels & Resorts' world map to see where all options are.
- When you'd like to go – Visitors can view properties based on their trip schedule with a "Let's go" feature indicating "soon," "this fall" (adjusted for seasons), or "after that." Special offers and opportunities are provided with each selection.
- What you'd like to do – Whether traveling for a wide variety of leisure activities or even for business, visitors can find the right kind of property to match their lifestyles.
"Further distinguishing our Select Hotels & Resorts collection is the level of growth charted over the past two consecutive years among both five- and four-star properties. In fact, there are now 400 unique properties around the world that only partner with Travel Leaders Group," stated Liben. "As more luxury hoteliers globally have grown to understand the scope and breadth of Travel Leaders Group, and how we sell more luxury travel than any other organization, they've clamored to be invited to participate in this exclusive collection."
To be invited into Select Hotels & Resorts, qualifying properties must provide guests with all items outlined above along with Select Special Amenities. Amenities may include complimentary food and beverages, spa credits, rounds of golf or even airport transfers. Ultimately, every qualifying hotel property will be included on the TLSelectHotels.com site.
Travel Leaders Group is a $20 billion powerhouse in the travel industry, comprising approximately 30% of all travel agencies in North America that are wholly-owned, franchised, or member agencies. It's a leader in both the retail travel agency space and corporate travel, and consistently ranks as one of the top travel companies nationwide.
About Travel Leaders Group
Travel Leaders Group (www.travelleadersgroup.com) is transforming travel with a commitment to our vacation and business travel clients via our progressive approach toward each unique travel experience. Having already assisted millions of travelers – through our beginnings as Carlson Leisure Group, a division of Carlson Companies, TraveLeaders and Tzell Travel Group and through the additions of Nexion, Vacation.com and Protravel International – Travel Leaders Group manages leisure, business and franchise travel operations under a variety of diversified divisions and brands. With annual sales of approximately $20 billion through over 6,500 locations, Travel Leaders Group ranks as one of the industry's largest traditional travel agency companies.
SOURCE Travel Leaders Group