From the outset, OctopusTravel will provide links to a co-branded web site with special rates and promotions for Al Jazeera Net visitors. The services will range from providing up to 70% discounts on a wide range of hotels in 3,300 cities, in 112 countries, to special offers on 3,000 apartments and villas. Visitors will also be able to book online, choose a desired reservation preference, hotel rooms, private transfers, and tailor made private sightseeing, and will receive an instant confirmation. In addition, OctopusTravel will provide detailed information, travel guides, weather reports, currency converters, and special events on over 300 city and country.
Amer Al Halabi, Manager of OctopusTravel.com Middle East and North Africa, said, “We are delighted to be entering a strategic relationship with one of the world’s best known and most frequently visited sources of Arabic news and information. This new contract will further enhance the credibility of OctopusTravel in the region and will significantly increase our exposure to market segments we have not previously been able to reach.”
Al Jazeera Channel’s Marketing Director Mr. Hamad Yahya Al-Nuaimi states, “Prior to signing this contract, it was clear to us that visitors to Al Jazeera.net were very interested in travel, so we decided that it is important for Al Jazeera.net to cater to visitors needs by teaming up with the Middle East’s market leader in discounted hotel bookings on the internet”.
He adds, “We are particularly impressed with OctopusTravl’s industry-leading technical platform, which can present information in over 20 languages including Arabic, its vast selection of accommodation, from large five star deluxe hotels to boutique properties, villas and apartments, its competitive prices and its strong focus on customer service.”
Daniela Wagner, International MD, OctopusTravel.com concluded: “According to the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), Travel & Tourism growth in the Middle East is projected to be a robust 4.4% per annum over the coming decade. With the strong trend towards booking travel on the internet, the new co-branded web site has tremendous potential. We are delighted to be working with Al Jazeera Channel and we are committed to building a long-term relationship that will bear fruit for both parties.”
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