Barcelo Hotels & Resorts Signs Up for Commission-Free Online Distribution With

    Barcelo Hotels & Resorts cuts online distribution costs and increases
    online booking revenue for its hotels in the Americas by joining [].

    MIAMI, Feb. 24 /CNW/ -- [Barcelo Hotels &
Resorts], one of the world's top hospitality and travel companies with 34
all-inclusive hotels and more than 10,000 guestrooms in Latin America and the
Caribbean, and [], operator of
the world's only free online distribution network for the hotel industry, have
entered into a strategic partnership for online distribution in the Americas.
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    This rapidly expanding Spanish hotel chain will be able to use's easy Free Hotel Profile tool.  At absolutely no cost,
hotels are able to upload as much information and media as desired, manage and
update their profiles as often as necessary, and receive direct traffic to and
bookings on their own hotel websites.
    "We approached after reading about their new
commission-free model in the press.  The model just makes sense for the
industry and is long overdue.  The timing with the economy is just perfect as
we are definitely looking for ways to reduce distribution costs.  We are
really looking forward to a successful partnership with,"
said Miquel Moya, Director of Costumer Relationship & Ecommerce.
    "Barcelo's commitment to work with is confirmation that
we are doing something right," said Ashwin Kamlani, CEO,
"We are extremely proud of the fact that the most prestigious hotel chains
from all over the world are embracing our commission-free distribution model.
The more hotels and hotel chains that participate with us, the more effective
we will be in driving traffic and bookings, and in reducing distribution costs
for the hotel industry.  That is what will make us a successful company and
the future looks very promising for and the hotel industry."
    For more information on how to join and benefit from
commission-free online distribution, send an email to:
    About Barcelo Hotels & Resorts: Barcelo Hotels & Resorts is among the
world's top 30 hospitality and travel companies, and it is renowned for its
well-established European tradition of excellence in service and amenities.
The Company has a growing presence in Latin America with 34 all-inclusive
hotels and more than 10,000 guestrooms in Latin America and the Caribbean.
    Barcelo was established in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, in 1931 first as a
transportation company, and then as a hotel and travel company. It is a family
owned, privately held hospitality company renowned for 75 years of service
excellence and innovative spirit in the tourism industry. The Company owns,
manages or franchises hotels in 14 countries with more than 30,000 rooms
worldwide. Barcelo Hotels & Resorts are located in key European cities and
resorts, in North America, Africa, and in Latin America and the Caribbean. For
more information on Barcelo Hotels & Resorts visit
    About, founded by Danish
entrepreneur Morten Sondergaard, operates the world's first and only free
online distribution network for the hotel industry.  Ashwin Kamlani, formerly
Global VP of Distribution with Sol Melia Hotels & Resorts, was selected as CEO
of in March 2008 and is based in the Company's Miami office.

    Jenny Pimentel


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For further information: Jenny Pimentel, 1-800-805-2653,
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