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Travelocity, Marriott Reach Merchant Hotel Agreement

Marriott Brands Added to Travelocity's Merchant Hotel Program, Travelocity TotalTrip, and Last Minute Deals

PRNewswire
FORT WORTH, Texas
Nov 17, 2003

Travelocity(R) customers will now have three new ways to book Marriott International, Inc. hotels. As a result of the agreement between Marriott International and Travelocity, customers can book Marriott's brands via Travelocity's merchant hotel program and two package shopping engines -- Travelocity TotalTrip(SM) flight + hotel and Travelocity Last Minute Deals.

The agreement allows Travelocity's customers more flexibility when planning stays at Marriott Hotels & Resorts, JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Renaissance Hotels & Resorts, Courtyard, Residence Inn, Fairfield Inn, TownePlace Suites and SpringHill Suites.

"We are extremely pleased to announce this agreement with Travelocity that will give customers more opportunity to book Marriott hotel rooms," said Bruce Wolff, senior vice president, distribution sales and marketing, Marriott International. "It has been our long-standing philosophy to sell the way the customer wants to buy, and now customers who book through Travelocity will have access to the same publicly available rates offered through Marriott channels."

Travelocity CEO Sam Gilliland said on the deal: "We are very excited to be the first major online travel site to have added Marriott International to its merchant hotel program. Adding its inventory, not only to our guaranteed low price hotel offerings, but also to Travelocity TotalTrip and Last Minute Deals, will translate into even more choice, more flexibility and more cost savings for our mutual customers. We look forward to a long, mutually beneficial relationship with Marriott International."

About Travelocity's Merchant Hotel Program

More than 9,000 hotels worldwide currently participate in Travelocity's merchant hotel program -- the fastest growing independent program in the industry. In addition to Marriott, popular chains include Best Western International, Carlson Hotels Worldwide, La Quinta Corporation, Choice Hotels International, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Hyatt Hotels & Resorts, Cendant Corporation and InterContinental Hotels & Resorts (formerly Six Continents Hotels). Additionally, more than 1,500 well- known independently owned and operated hotels from across the world participate.

Travelocity was the first online distributor of its scope to gain access to rates and availability directly from suppliers' central reservation systems. Hoteliers benefit from Travelocity's seamless technical solution and have greater merchandising opportunities to more than 40 million Travelocity members and onward distribution partners through enhanced hotel descriptions and rate displays on the hotel path, as well as participation in packaging and cross-sell opportunities. Inventory and rates can be loaded via the Sabre global distribution system, through the hotel's central reservation system or via the Travelocity extranet. Hotels can obtain more information by sending an e-mail to partner.marketing@travelocity.com .

About Travelocity

Travelocity, a Sabre Holdings(R) company, pioneered the online travel space and continues to be the most popular travel service on the Web, giving consumers access to hundreds of airlines, thousands of hotels and cruise, last-minute and vacations packages, and best-in-class car rental companies, all backed by 1,000 customer service representatives staffed to provide 24-hour assistance. With 40 million members, Travelocity is the seventh largest travel agency in the United States. It has been recognized worldwide for its leadership in the online travel space, and it operates or powers Web sites in five languages across four continents.

Sabre Holdings Corporation is a world leader in travel commerce, retailing travel products and providing distribution and technology solutions for the travel industry. More information about Sabre Holdings is available at http://www.sabre-holdings.com/ . Additional information about Travelocity can be found on the Web at http://www.travelocity.com/ .

About Marriott International, Inc.

MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL, INC. is a leading worldwide hospitality company with over 2,600 lodging properties in the United States and 68 other countries and territories. Marriott International operates and franchises hotels under the Marriott, JW Marriott, The Ritz-Carlton, Renaissance, Residence Inn, Courtyard, TownePlace Suites, Fairfield Inn, SpringHill Suites and Ramada International brand names; develops and operates vacation ownership resorts under the Marriott Vacation Club International, Horizons, The Ritz-Carlton Club and Marriott Grand Residence Club brands; operates Marriott Executive Apartments; provides furnished corporate housing through its Marriott ExecuStay division; and operates conference centers. The company is headquartered in Washington, D.C., has approximately 128,000 employees, and was ranked as the lodging industry's most admired company and one of the best places to work for by FORTUNE(R). For more information or reservations, please visit the web site at www.marriott.com .

   Contact:
   Judy Haveson (judy@vollmerpr.com )
   (212) 554-7425
   Amy Fuhrer (amy@vollmerpr.com )
   (972) 488-4790
   VOLLMER

SOURCE: Travelocity; Marriott International, Inc.

CONTACT: Judy Haveson, +1-212-554-7425, or judy@vollmerpr.com , or Amy
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Travelocity