Travel Leaders Group Select Hotels & Resorts Program Now Available to All Luxury-Oriented Agencies and Agents that Focus on High-End Clientele

Plymouth, MN (February 17, 2014) – Today, Select Hotels & Resorts – the proprietary luxury and ultra-luxury hotel offering from Travel Leaders Group (www.travelleadersgroup.com) – is announcing it has accepted just over 150 additional properties into its exclusive, invitation-only program. Already, the second edition of Select Hotels & Resorts’ portfolio is taking shape with 608 of the world’s most desirable premier luxury and premium properties participating in the 2014 book. Travel Leaders Group is also announcing that all of its pre-approved luxury-oriented agencies and agents are authorized to offer Select Hotels & Resorts to their most discerning and sophisticated clientele.

“Travel Leaders Group’s Select Hotels & Resorts program was such an unqualified success in its first year that we’ve been inundated with requests from a large number of other properties asking to be invited into this year’s program. We’ve scrutinized each request and have strictly limited acceptance into our exclusive program to only those that meet our very exacting requirements,” noted Barry Liben, CEO of Travel Leaders Group. “As a significant and growing percentage of our clients expect sophisticated style and refined elegance in their homes away from home, our Select Hotels & Resorts delivers an exceptional product that our luxury agents can sell with confidence. Our luxury advisors receive a guaranteed commission, while they can indulge their clients with our special VIP treatment.”

Select Hotels & Resorts was first launched in 2013 with 447 properties. Today, the program currently includes 608 properties in 225 cities, 66 countries spanning all inhabited continents. In addition to offering competitive rates, all participating properties offer complimentary breakfasts for two daily, special VIP amenities, complimentary room upgrades (upon availability), early check-ins and late check-outs (when available), and more.

“As our recent travel trends survey of our agents indicated, luxury accommodations are – by a wide margin – the single most important luxury component of a trip that their clients find most important,” Liben noted. “In addition to the 38.3% who indicated that, another 8.4% said that ultra-luxury accommodations were the number one luxury component their clients wanted. With nearly half of our agents citing luxury or ultra-luxury accommodations, it’s never been more important for our Select Hotels & Resorts to deliver – and it does.”

Eligible Travel Leaders Group agents are able to book Select Hotels & Resorts through their GDS using TZE in Worldspan, Sabre and Amadeus or TZEL in Apollo/Galileo.

Travel Leaders Group is one of North America’s largest travel companies – encompassing over 30% of all traditional travel agents – and generates gross travel sales of approximately $19 billion. Travel Leaders Group is a leader in both the retail travel agency space and corporate travel, and it consistently ranks as one of the top travel companies nationwide. Most recently, Travel Leaders Group was again named among the Top 10 on the Travel Weekly Power List, #1 on the Business Travel News Business 2013 Travel Survey.

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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 $19 billion, Travel Leaders Group not only ranks as the #1 corporate travel management company by Business Travel News, but it is also among the top ten travel companies on the 2013 Travel Weekly Power List. In 2013, Entrepreneur ranked a Travel Leaders Franchise Brand #1 in the category of “Travel Agencies-Miscellaneous.”