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 April 07, 2014
GTA's Enhanced Distribution Deal With Hilton Worldwide Goes Live As IPW Continues

 Travel agents and tour operators will be able to accommodate travellers in even more parts of the world as GTA puts more than 4,000 Hilton Worldwide properties in 90 countries onto its online booking platforms. The dynamic distribution partnership cements GTA's reputation as the leading wholesaler of accommodation, services, tours and activities for fully independent travel (FIT) across the globe.

Announced as IPW 2014 continues in Chicago this week, properties are now live for retail and wholesale travel businesses to book online through TravelCube, Travel Bound and GTA HTML sites or via XML feed. The enhanced long term deal further extends the variety of accommodation and experiences that GTA sells in over 190 countries. In the last three years alone, deals with 80 chains have added more than 30,000 properties to the inventory that agents and tour operators can sell on.

Martin Jones, GTA's Senior Vice President for Global Sourcing & Commercial Management, says: "The successful implementation of Hilton Worldwide 4,000 hotels through our connectivity is key to GTA's longevity and continuing success in selling 12 million room nights throughout the world. Thanks to the strength of our relationship, high street and online travel agents and tour operators can book an even greater choice of accommodation for their clients in rising and already strong destinations."

GTA's dynamic inventory approach to such partnerships strengthens its connections with hotel suppliers and those who sell travel. It gives travel sellers and their consumer clients access to a chain's full portfolio of properties at the best possible rates, including the 'long tail' of accommodation in less familiar locations.

Of more than 4,000 Hilton Worldwide hotels in 90 countries now available to book through GTA:

Waldorf Astoria Jeddah - Qasr Al Sharq, Saudi Arabia, Middle East

GTA's third most popular destination in the Middle East saw the number of room nights booked last year increase. A true Arabian palace offering an oasis of tranquillity with personalised butler service and four distinct styles of suites that make up the luxury accommodation. Admire the stunning three-storey length Swarovski crystal chandelier, Italian furnishings and magnificently decorated interiors, while enjoying Red Sea or Jeddah city views.

Conrad Sanya Haitang Bay, China, Asia

A taste of paradise in secluded villas among tropical gardens by an idyllic, 12-mile white-sand beach, the Conrad Sanya Haitang Bay is a 2013 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award recipient. Choose from 97 French Riviera-style Deluxe Rooms and Villas, all with breathtaking views overlooking the resort, lagoon or South China Sea. All offer a private pool, living room, secluded outdoor terrace and cabana. Enjoy exciting leisure activities like watersports and golf, indulge in a beauty treatment in the luxurious Spa, swim in one of two magnificent outdoor pools and marvel at sparkling waters of the palm-tree lined Chinese Zodiac pool. The Haitang coastline is renowned for its natural beauty, miles of soft white-sand beaches, watersports, landmarks, temples, statues and beauty spots.

Hilton Vienna Plaza, Austria, Europe

Situated at Vienna's most prestigious location, the Ringstraße, the hotel is only a short walk to St. Stephen's Cathedral, Burgtheater and the State Opera. Inspired by the golden era of the 1920s and Art Nouveau, the hotel is decorated with 1,000 original artworks and is the perfect base for exploring the Austrian capital. Marvel at the grandeur of Hofburg Imperial Palace or contemplate the art collection at the Kunsthistorisches Museum. Step into Mozart's Viennese residence and learn about his life at the Mozarthaus. Step back in time at the Naturhistorisches Museum, one of the world's most important natural history museums, displaying irreplaceable exhibits such as a 25,000-year-old Venus of Willendorf, and a skeleton of a diplodocus dinosaur.

DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Hotel Zanzibar - Nungwi, Tanzania, Africa

GTA's fourth most popular destination in sub-Saharan Africa, Tanzania enjoyed a 28% increase in the number of room nights booked last year. Set on the most northern tip of Zanzibar, you'll be greeted by traditional Zanzibar style with Makuti palm leaf roofs and the traditional freshly baked DoubleTree chocolate chip cookie. The hotel offers spectacular sea views and direct access to pristine, white sand and tropical waters for scuba diving or snorkeling. Spend the day on a Mnemba or Tumbatu Island cruise or visit Prisoner Island and admire the giant tortoises. Take a trip to historic Stone Town and admire the ornate, traditional architecture, stroll through winding market streets or learn about Zanzibar's fascinating past at Sultan Barghash's harem at Marahubi, the Palace Museum or the Arab Fort.

Embassy Suites Boston - Marlborough, USA, North America

Centrally located between Boston and Worcester, the hotel is ideally located to indulge your sporting passions. The New England Sports Center plays host to the Boston Junior Bruins as well as a full schedule of amateur tournaments, and national and international events on its six rinks. Take the whole group to Fore Kicks Marlborough - a 135,000 sq. ft. indoor sports megaplex. Seven indoor fields, basketball, volleyball and futsal courts, and an indoor driving range let kids from 6 -- 86 have a great time. Discover the history of Puritan times in Marlborough, first established as a town in 1660. Explore historic sites and landmarks such as Longfellow's Wayside Inn and historic Grist Mill, Old Sturbridge Village and Boston's Freedom Trail.

Indulge in shopping at nearby Wrentham Village Premium Outlets, Patriot Place, The Natick Collection and Solomon Pond Mall.

Hilton Garden Inn Hanoi, Vietnam, Asia

Conveniently located in the centre of Hanoi City, this hotel is minutes from Hanoi Opera House and at the heart of a variety of popular attractions and entertainment options. Each guest room and suite features comfortable Serta(tm) beds, a 28-inch flat-screen TV, a mini-refrigerator, complimentary internet access and a work area with an ergonomic chair. Choose the hotel to enjoy Vietnam's diverse range of culture, history, natural wonder, excitement and outright indulgence and relaxation. The capital blends ancient cultures with modern society: explore the colonial architecture, ancient commercial streets, temples and pagodas of the Old Quarter. Pay respects to the remains of Uncle Ho, the first president of Vietnam, in the sacred Marble Mausoleum. Catch a performance at the Water Puppet Theatre or take a day trip to beautiful Halong Bay.

Hampton by Hilton Cluj-Napoca, Romania, Europe

Conveniently located just two minutes from downtown Cluj -- considered the unofficial capital to the historical province of Transylvania -- and its many attractions. Explore the majestic old town to discover St. Michael's Catholic Church and the house of Matthias Rex or visit The Art Museum and the grand pedestrian area, offering cafes and restaurants. Make yourself comfortable in a guest room with views of the city and surrounding hills, a work desk with ergonomic chair and a comfy Hampton bed. Re-energize with a workout in the fitness centre, dine in at the hotel restaurant and enjoy snacks and hot drinks around the clock at the 24-hour mini-mart.

Homewood Suites by Hilton New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, North America

Stay in the heart of New Orleans, nestled between the French Quarter and Warehouse District and just blocks from the city's famous sites and activities. The hotel offers 166 spacious one- or two-bedroom suites with separate living and sleeping areas, where guests can cook a meal or their own version of Cajun red beans and rice. Guests can walk to prominent corporations, Harrah's Casino, the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, Aquarium of the Americas and the Louisiana Superdome. Take the nearby St. Charles Avenue Streetcar to renowned restaurants, unique shops and the Garden District. Experience nearby Bourbon Street's vibrant nightlife or join the festivities during Mardi Gras. Stroll through the French Quarter to see historic landmarks, hear New Orleans jazz and blues or browse eclectic shops. Explore the galleries found in the Warehouse District. Our extended stay hotel provides an inviting home in an ideal central location for exploring New Orleans culture.

Home2 Suites by Hilton, Dallas-Frisco, Texas, USA, North America

This convenient home away from home is ideal for budget-conscious travellers and is located 25 minutes from downtown Dallas. Enjoy local dining and shopping, as well as close proximity to local Frisco attractions, including the Dr. Pepper Arena and Hawaiian Falls Waterpark. Baseball fans can also take in a Frisco RoughRiders game. Unwind in a spacious studio or stylish one-bedroom suite with plenty of storage, living area with sofa bed and a kitchen.

Hilton Grand Vacations Club, Coylumbridge, Inverness-shire, Scotland

Scotland will be a popular destination this year as it welcomes the world to join its Year of Homecoming 2014. In addition to the Commonwealth Games and Ryder Cup, there's a year-long programme of events and activities to showcase all that's great about Scotland: mouth-watering food & drink events, lots to get visitors active in the great outdoors plus spectacular arts, cultural and ancestral heritage to explore. Located in the heart of Cairngorm National Park in a 65-acre woodland estate, this charming hideaway provides a relaxing retreat for guests seeking a serene Scotland holiday. The distinctive Nordic design of each lodge and the adjacent Coylumbridge hotel evoke the beauty of the surrounding countryside and breathtaking Cairngorm Mountains.




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