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Nov. 5, 2013 Aldenham Canada acquires itravel2000, Canada's favourite travel company

Mississauga, ON] – November 5, 2013 – Further to the sale agreement announced on November 4, 2013, Aldenham Canada Acquisition Corporation (Aldenham Canada) is pleased to announce that its acquisition of itravel2000 has been approved by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice and the sale has closed.

itravel2000, one of Canada's largest independent travel companies, is part of a strategic, long-term investment by Aldenham Canada in the growing online travel industry.


For more information, please contact:

Molly Chudnovsky, Edelman Tel: (416) 849-8914 Molly.Chudnovsky@edelman.com
Katie Clark, Edelman Tel: (416) 849-3145 Katie.clark@edelman.com

About itravel2000 itravel2000.com a leading travel retailer in Canada was a pioneer of online travel and has more than 100 travel experts. itravel2000 provides customers more travel options than any other Canadian travel retailer through a full product suite for vacation packages, cruises, airline tickets, hotel rooms, and rental cars. To see how we’re fighting to save you money, visit www.itravel2000.com.

Nov. 4, 2013 Aldenham Canada enters into a sale agreement to acquire itravel2000, Canada’s favorite travel company

Ensures long-term stability for strong Canadian brand

[Mississauga, ON] – November 4, 2013 – Aldenham Canada Acquisition Corporation (Aldenham Canada) announced that the company has entered into a sale agreement to acquire itravel2000, one of Canada's largest independent travel companies, as a strategic, long-term investment in the growing online travel industry. The agreement is subject to approval by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice.

“This acquisition ensures that itravel2000 will continue to offer customers exceptional travel selection for the best value and the lowest prices guaranteed on travel and travel related products with no interruption to services or travel,” said Chris Howell, former Chairman, Travelzest PLC. “Today marks a significant and exciting business milestone for us and for Aldenham Canada as we come together with a strengthened management team and true focus on our business going forward.”

Through its popular itravel2000.com website and call centre, the company has become a leading source for travel deals and great customer service. Its popular, “Let It Snow,” campaign is Canada’s largest trip giveaway offering qualified travellers their next trip free if it snows more than 5 inches on January 1, 2014. While itravel2000 customers won’t see any changes to vacations booked or being planned, and TRAVELCASH™ gift cards remain valid as usual, what this ownership change does offer travellers is continuity of superb customer service, competitive rates and amazing travel experiences for years to come. The business expects this to be another great year for the “Let It Snow” campaign as well as other travel offers.

Aldenham Canada is a privately-held, Canadian incorporated investment company focused on building long-term investments in the online travel sector. The company is backed by a group of investors including Elleway Acquisitions, which has previously provided financial support and investment in itravel2000. Elleway knows itravel2000’s business, and has deep experience in fast-growing, high-profile brands and online businesses across a variety of industries including travel and hospitality.

“itravel2000 is a strong company, with significant brand and commercial value. Our team looks forward to working with them to help drive future business success,” said Chiko Nanji, Director, Aldenham Canada. “We recognize that there has been significant change over the last few years at Travelzest and itravel2000. As an independent and private owner, we are committed to making decisions and dedicating resources to support the future growth of the itravel2000 brand and building on its fantastic business, team and offering. In many ways, this is fresh start for one of Canada’s most successful online travel companies as it means are once again a private, Canadian-based, customer-focused travel company.”

Aldenham Canada is excited about a series of recent appointments to strengthen itravel2000’s management team. Omar Ahmad has been appointed Chief Strategy Officer and comes to itravel2000 from WestJet where he served as strategic advisor. He is a Co-Founder of Expedia, and has also served in senior and executive roles at American Express, Expedia, and Joob. Also recently added are Rose Cosentino, Vice President, Sales & Product; and Nick Polifemi Vice President Business Development. Aldenham Canada also announced today that Nigel Jenkins and Chris Howell have agreed to stay on with itravel2000 in the short term to assist with the transition.

Aldenham Canada moved quickly to come to an acquisition agreement for itravel2000 in order to protect the iconic brand and save more than 200 Canadian jobs.


For more information, please contact:

Molly Chudnovsky, Edelman Tel: (416) 849-8914 Molly.Chudnovsky@edelman.com
Katie Clark, Edelman Tel: (416) 849-3145 Katie.clark@edelman.com

Oct. 2, 2013 itravel2000 Bets Everyone Wants Five Inches...of Snow

itravel2000 has launched its popular ‘Let it Snow’ promotion, which gives Canadian consumers who book with the company between October 1st and October 31st, 2013 the opportunity to win their trip for free – if it snows more than five inches on New Year’s Day.

Canadians looking to defrost during the popular winter travel season spend, on average, $1,500 per person. The Farmer’s Almanac predicts a harsh winter with “significant snowfalls forecast for parts of every zone” in Canada. Official measurements will be taken at designated weather stations on January 1, 2014 and those who booked in the qualifying time period, for travel between November 1, 2013 and April 30, 2014 will be refunded the cost of their vacation, less the taxes and fees. Past winners have come from Montreal (2008) and Halifax (2009).

Participating partners include: Sunwing Vacations, Signature Vacations, Sunquest Vacations, WestJet Vacations, Transat Holidays and Nolitours. Let it Snow offers can also be combined with other promotions available through itravel2000, such as reduced deposits and price drop protection, giving consumers the most bang for their buck this holiday season. Plus, new Winter Survival Prizes have been added:

  • All bookings made on October 1st to October 14th will qualify for the Early Bird draw for a 3-day Ski Getaway to Mont Tremblant
  • 25 weekly prizes, consisting of a $50 gift card for draws that will take place on October 8, 15, 22, and Nov 1, 2013
"The launch of Let it Snow is one of our favourite times of year and we are always looking for ways to make it bigger and better, as seen with the addition of the early bird and weekly prizes,” said Nicole Dalton, senior marketing manager at itravel2000. “We have also received a lot of interest from customers prior to the launch, which is a gratifying testament to the success of this program!"


For more information, visit itravel2000.com. To book a vacation, call 1-866-888-1180.

Contact: Nicole Dalton
Senior Marketing Manager, itravel2000
ndalton@itravel2000.com
905.267.4446

About itravel2000 itravel2000.com a leading travel retailer in Canada was a pioneer of online travel and has more than 100 travel experts. itravel2000 provides customers more travel options than any other Canadian travel retailer through a full product suite for vacation packages, cruises, airline tickets, hotel rooms, and rental cars. To see how we’re fighting to save you money, visit www.itravel2000.com.

June 21, 2013 The Quest for New Travel Horizons Continues

The most consistent trend every year is that of exploring a new travel destination. itravel2000 reports interesting increases in travel bookings for unexpected destinations that have yet to surface in the mainstream travel rolodex.

Travelling allows Canadians to tap into a different culture and connect with people, history, and landscapes of the unknown. Tracking the first three months of the past three years shows notable increases in travel bookings to select destinations: Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Martinique, Nicaragua, Philippines, Thailand, Trinidad & Tobago, and Turks & Caicos. For leisure travel, these destinations offer exotic new experiences, luxury, and thrilling adventure that are unique and memorable. Some “sleeper” destinations that are rapidly growing in popularity in the United States include Crater Lake, Oregon and Bryce Canyon, Utah for the natural beauty of their landscapes.

Another trend in travel is multi-destinations that are becoming more popular with Canadians. Travellers are realizing the benefit of making the longer flights more worthwhile by seeing more destinations in one trip, whether by land or cruise. Squeezing in an extra destination, or selecting a place based on its proximity to other travel locations of interest, gives a new meaning to value and all-inclusive vacations.

“It is exciting to see Canadians experimenting with some lesser known destinations to grow their travel resumes,” Jonathan Carroll, president of itravel2000, comments. “There are so many different travel personalities, so whether customers like to visit the tried and true, or are looking to break new travel ground, we have expert agents on hand, and a multitude of travel choices, to suit every travel need.”


For more information, visit itravel2000.com. To book a vacation, call 1-866-888-1180.

Contact: Nicole Dalton
Senior Marketing Manager, itravel2000
ndalton@itravel2000.com
905.267.4446

About itravel2000 itravel2000.com a leading travel retailer in Canada was a pioneer of online travel and has more than 100 travel experts. itravel2000 provides customers more travel options than any other Canadian travel retailer through a full product suite for vacation packages, cruises, airline tickets, hotel rooms, and rental cars. To see how we’re fighting to save you money, visit www.itravel2000.com.

May 29, 2013 The Ultimate Bromance Experience

Beyond a destination bachelor party, more men are vacationing for some quality time with the gents, and let’s face it, men travel to the beat of their own drum. The ultimate man-cation varies based on the type of male-bonding to be had, but overall, Canadian bros do seek more adventure versus relaxation.

Men by nature take a higher degree of risk when it comes to adventure, but also in a male-dynamic, there is that strong competitive edge and bragging rights, parallel to none. Although adventure is a loose term, as bromance travel doesn’t always involve thrill-seeking, extreme activities like skydiving, but can include steep slopes in Colorado, an NHL hockey road trip, or a random weekend in Sin City to live it up. Drinking and partying, adrenaline-driven sports, random practical jokes, and a break from being a husband and father become the driving force for this male adventure.

An all-male getaway has its own appeal as the company one keeps will dictate a whole new travel experience. A guy’s vacation to California for intense rock climbing is very different from a classic bike tour of Napa Valley with his better half. Whether guys are experiencing a new or previously visited destination, there is unique fun to be had with just the boys.

“From fishing in Florida, golfing in California, hanging ten in Hawaii, to attending the Indy 500, Canadian men love their male-bonding adventure,” Jonathan Carroll, president of itravel2000, explains. “Travel is a great way to experience a destination in a new and different context when it is shared with your best buddies.”


For more information, visit itravel2000.com. To book a vacation, call 1-866-888-1180.

Contact: Nicole Dalton
Senior Marketing Manager, itravel2000
ndalton@itravel2000.com
905.267.4446

About itravel2000 itravel2000.com a leading travel retailer in Canada was a pioneer of online travel and has more than 100 travel experts. itravel2000 provides customers more travel options than any other Canadian travel retailer through a full product suite for vacation packages, cruises, airline tickets, hotel rooms, and rental cars. To see how we’re fighting to save you money, visit www.itravel2000.com.

May 3, 2013 Top Foodie Travel Destinations

Italy and France are home of the most traditional favourites among Canadians, but going beyond these destinations; there are many more cultural menus for travel foodies to explore. When not in Rome or Paris, where else can Canadian foodies go for fine international cuisine to feast their palates on?

itravel2000 announces their top 13 foodies travel destinations for 2013 –

  1. Japan – Traditional favourites miso soup, sashimi, sushi, and tempura
  2. Mexico – Home of quesadillas, mole, tacos tortillas, and guacamole
  3. China – Authentic wontons, dumplings, chow mein, and spring rolls
  4. Spain - Popular tapas, paella, gazpacho, and Spanish omelet
  5. United States – From New York to Los Angeles, Chicago to New Orleans, San Francisco to Texas, and Las Vegas, the US is the land of varied culture, world famous restaurants, and a number of celebrity chefs like Wolf Gang Puck and Anthony Bourdain
  6. Thailand – Pad Thai, Thai green curry, tom yam, and so many other exotic flavours
  7. Morocco – Refined cuisine influenced by many other cultures, Moroccan dishes include tajine, lentil soup, zaalouk
  8. Malaysia/Indonesia - Asam Laksa, gado-gado, nasi padang, ayam goring, and sambal soto
  9. India – Tandoori chicken, naan bread, samosas, and butter chicken
  10. Greece - Moussaka, souvlaki, tzatziki, baklava, and saganaki
  11. England – Beef wellington, black pudding, dumplings, and yorkshire pudding
  12. Canada – Montreal’s famous poutine, smoked meat, Nanaimo bars, maple syrup, beaver tails, and some of the best seafood from cities like Halifax and Vancouver
  13. Belgium – Chocolate, waffles, moules-frites, waterzooi, paté, and Belgium fry

"Food is an important part in the travel experience and in fully exploring the culture", Jonathan Carroll, president of itravel2000, says. "With so many different flavours to discover around the world, our expert travel agents make it easy to book vacation packages, flights, hotels, and car rentals so our customers can look forward to planning the best eats."


For more information, visit itravel2000.com. To book a vacation, call 1-866-888-1180.

Contact: Nicole Dalton
Senior Marketing Manager, itravel2000
ndalton@itravel2000.com
905.267.4464

About itravel2000 itravel2000.com a leading travel retailer in Canada was a pioneer of online travel and has more than 100 travel experts. itravel2000 provides customers more travel options than any other Canadian travel retailer through a full product suite for vacation packages, cruises, airline tickets, hotel rooms, and rental cars. To see how we’re fighting to save you money, visit www.itravel2000.com.

April 24, 2013 The Hidden Gems in the US

Every year, Canadians travel in spades into the US. Typically that means destinations like Florida, Las Vegas, California, New York, and Hawaii. These places are still the top choices for Canadians travelling to the US, but a surge of customers are beginning to look to less popularized cities to explore.

Canadians tend to be adventurous and always looking for new travel experiences. The United States is not only made up of several different cultures as a whole, but also offers so much variety within each city, which makes it an easy choice for Canadians. Travellers can uncover more unique experiences packed into one trip with multi-destination travel, to see and do more across the border.

The proximity of Canada to its US neighbours makes this a more budget-friendly alternative for travellers planning a summer road trip, or for more affordable flights within the US, while not compromising on the type of travel experience. From the iconic Kentucky Derby on the first Saturday in May, to the ultimate country music festival in Nashville, and stunning panoramic views on Route 66 in Arizona, the US offers so much excitement beyond a family trip to Disney or a guy's weekend in Vegas.

"We are happy to see Canadians exploring various US destinations, taking advantage of the great deals and experience to be had for being so close in distance," Jonathan Carroll, president of itravel2000, comments. "The US offers handfuls of world-class beaches, golf courses, spas, vineyards, famous landmarks, events, and natural landscapes, that every trip can be a new adventure in the making."



For more information, visit itravel2000.com. To book a vacation, call 1-866-888-1180.

Contact:Nicole Dalton
Senior Marketing Manager, itravel2000
ndalton@itravel2000.com
905.267.4464

About itravel2000 itravel2000.com a leading travel retailer in Canada was a pioneer of online travel and has more than 100 travel experts. itravel2000 provides customers more travel options than any other Canadian travel retailer through a full product suite for vacation packages, cruises, airline tickets, hotel rooms, and rental cars. To see how we’re fighting to save you money, visit www.itravel2000.com.

April 2, 2013 Canadians Can Win Big On Travel This Month

For every day in April, Canadian travellers can book and automatically be eligible for a chance to win big. Customers who book any qualifying flight, hotel, cruise, tour, or vacation package in April (online or by phone), will be instantly entered to win $500 in travel cash, and a grand prize trip giveaway, courtesy of itravel2000.*

Canada’s favourite travel company has a wide range of travel services from car rentals to cruises, flights, hotels, and sun packages. Daily winners can use their voucher towards adding activities to their upcoming trip, like snorkeling, or if they live far out from the nearest airport, travellers can book a hotel stay near the airport before flying out. The possibilities are endless. Daily winners may even opt to put the $500 voucher towards a whole new trip. In addition to the daily prizes, at the end of the month, itravel2000 is giving away a trip valued at $2,500.

“We are thrilled to launch this new April promotion and announce a winner every day this month,” Jonathan Carroll, president of itravel2000, explained. “April is an exciting time with the spring season in full swing, so it is the perfect month to launch our daily giveaways for our many customers, and an awesome grand prize for one lucky winner!”

* Some conditions apply – please see itravel2000.com for all terms and conditions.



For more information, visit itravel2000.com. To book a vacation, call 1-866-888-1180.

Contact:Nicole Dalton
Senior Marketing Manager, itravel2000
ndalton@itravel2000.com
905.267.4464

About itravel2000 itravel2000.com a leading travel retailer in Canada was a pioneer of online travel and has more than 100 travel experts. itravel2000 provides customers more travel options than any other Canadian travel retailer through a full product suite for vacation packages, cruises, airline tickets, hotel rooms, and rental cars. To see how we’re fighting to save you money, visit www.itravel2000.com.

March 28, 2013 Early Easter Translates into More Canadians Travelling

Historically, Easter, one of the most popular holidays for travel second to Christmas, has come early this year, influencing more travel bookings this month. March is already a strong month for travel based on March Break, but now with many Canadians booking last minute deals returning or arriving this Easter weekend, travel bookings for itravel2000 have increased. Last week, itravel2000 reported in some cases, packages were selling out quickly.

By this time, Canadians are eager to escape the winter after the dreaded January and February blahs. On search for some warmer climates and fun in the sun, Canadian families notice the importance of spending quality time with their growing families, time that they can’t get back. With so many hardworking Canadians and so few vacation days, taking advantage of the holidays is the perfect time to travel. Travelling is the time to actually experience family moments that don’t involve household chores and fighting over the remote control.

“Calls from customers were on the rise as early as the first week of February with vacation packages for Cuba and Mexico.” Jonathan Carroll, president of itravel2000, comments, “We understand Canadians want to make the most of their time off with their families, and to travel is the best way to create exciting new memories together, which we are happy about, and proud to be a part of that journey”.



For more information, visit itravel2000.com. To book a vacation, call 1-866-888-1180.

Contact: Nicole Dalton
Senior Marketing Manager, itravel2000
ndalton@itravel2000.com
905.267.4446

About itravel2000 itravel2000.com a leading travel retailer in Canada was a pioneer of online travel and has more than 100 travel experts. itravel2000 provides customers more travel options than any other Canadian travel retailer through a full product suite for vacation packages, cruises, airline tickets, hotel rooms, and rental cars. To see how we’re fighting to save you money, visit www.itravel2000.com.

March 22, 2013 Last Minute Travel Tips Help Canadians save Time & Money

Everyone loves a deal, especially when it comes to big ticket items like travel. Canadians looking for a great last minute vacation can often expect airlines, hotels, and cruise ships to offer discounts two weeks before the travel date.

Expert agents at itravel2000 advise Canadian travellers that can be more flexible with their travel destination and timing can save the most in last minute travel, since weekday arrivals and departures are less in demand and harder to merchandise. Similar to peak travel months and seasons, weekend arrivals and departures are more desirable for many travellers, which tend to be at a greater cost for this demand. Another benefit to departing on weekdays is the lack of crowds which usually means less busy airports and hotel check-ins/check-outs, and also more choices in terms of airlines and rooms available. The rule of thumb is booking travel earlier in the week reap the most deals as prices will likely go up the closer the travel dates gets to the weekend.

Another helpful tip from the itravel2000 professionals is the secret weeks leading up to or after peak vacation periods. Great deals are to be had when booking just before or after March Break for instance, and the same can be said about travelling later on in September-November as summer comes to an end, and the back-to-school season begins. Early December and the month of January bring some of the best prices all year.

Alternatively, booking early has its own advantages of getting great deals for trips months in advance due to better availability on time of booking, and also the added travel extras like best seat selection options, and getting requests in for preferred hotel floor, and room view. In addition to having peace of mind that a vacation is booked and the time-consuming search is finally over, Canadian travellers also avoid running into issues with sold-out situations where space is limited or unavailable.

“Based on serving millions of Canadians on last minute and early bookings, our experienced travel agents have strong knowledge to pass along to our customers”. Jonathan Carroll, president of itravel2000, explains, “Our travel industry experts provide helpful information that reassures Canadian travellers that they are making the right choice booking with itravel2000.”




For more information, visit itravel2000.com. To book a vacation, call 1-866-888-1180.

Contact: Nicole Dalton
Senior Marketing Manager, itravel2000
ndalton@itravel2000.com
905.267.4446

About itravel2000 itravel2000.com a leading travel retailer in Canada was a pioneer of online travel and has more than 100 travel experts. itravel2000 provides customers more travel options than any other Canadian travel retailer through a full product suite for vacation packages, cruises, airline tickets, hotel rooms, and rental cars. To see how we’re fighting to save you money, visit www.itravel2000.com.

March 15, 2013 The Luck of the Irish Lands in Canada

Considered a public holiday in Newfoundland and Labrador, March 17th is a day that has grown in popularity over the years, much celebrated by many Canadians. Major cities like Toronto and Vancouver hold annual St. Patrick’s Day Parades full of floats and live music. The longest-standing parade in Canada is actually the St. Patrick's Day parade in Montreal, dating back to 1984.

Often confused with the four-leaf clover thought to bring good luck, the shamrock is a known symbol of Ireland and a symbol of the Christian Trinity. Playing off of the trinity concept, itravel2000 announces its two day St. Patrick’s Day Sale. Starting this weekend, travellers looking to book a qualifying trip can save in many different ways. Canadians have the opportunity to take advantage of-

  1. Up to $200 in an itravel2000 Future Travel Voucher, along with,
  2. Earning Petro-Points, and
  3. Be eligible for Price Drop Protection*

Ireland is home of the beautiful Aran Islands, world famous Cliffs of Moher, and authentic Irish pubs with traditional Irish music. Whether a trip to the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin inspires Canadians this St. Patrick ’s Day, or planning a trip to visit out-of-town relatives this coming Easter weekend, this sale is sure to entice many travellers to save some green this weekend.

Jonathan Carroll, president of itravel2000, says. “Travelling and saving money are the cornerstones of itravel2000. With this sale, our goal is to offer great value, great choices, and more importantly, great memories to our customers.”

*Some conditions apply see website for full terms and conditions


For more information, visit itravel2000.com. To book a vacation, call 1-866-888-1180.

Contact: Nicole Dalton
Senior Marketing Manager, itravel2000
ndalton@itravel2000.com
905.267.4446

About itravel2000 itravel2000.com a leading travel retailer in Canada was a pioneer of online travel and has more than 100 travel experts. itravel2000 provides customers more travel options than any other Canadian travel retailer through a full product suite for vacation packages, cruises, airline tickets, hotel rooms, and rental cars. To see how we’re fighting to save you money, visit www.itravel2000.com.

March 8, 2013 itravel2000 Sees Strong Gains in Flights

The Conference Board of Canada recently reported that it expects an increase of flight bookings by Canadians in the coming year, and a Canadian Online Travel Agency is seeing forecasts become reality. Most of the growth in online and call centre booking for itravel2000 is a result of the company tracking flight rates on a regular basis to offer its customers the best value.

Popular flight destinations for 2013 include:

  1. The United States
  2. Canada
  3. Mexico
  4. Jamaica
  5. Costa Rica
  6. Dominican Republic
  7. Great Britain
  8. Italy
  9. India
  10. Australia

The additional benefits of booking with itravel2000 include dedicated travel experts experience in worldwide flights that have great tips like planning and booking early to take advantage of more savings, better availability with flight times and airline choices, and free seat selection. On top of providing the best rates and advice, itravel2000 has exclusive offers like Price Drop Protection. Travellers can receive a refund on any qualifying flight, if the price drops after they have booked, along with future travel vouchers.*

Jonathan Carroll, president of itravel2000, explains, “With more flights being booked this year, itravel2000 is making a strong effort to provide the best value through unbeatable prices and exceptional service including exclusive bonus offers.”

*Some conditions apply see website for full terms and conditions


For more information, visit itravel2000.com. To book a vacation, call 1-866-888-1180.

Contact: Nicole Dalton
Senior Marketing Manager, itravel2000
ndalton@itravel2000.com
905.267.4446

About itravel2000 itravel2000.com a leading travel retailer in Canada was a pioneer of online travel and has more than 100 travel experts. itravel2000 provides customers more travel options than any other Canadian travel retailer through a full product suite for vacation packages, cruises, airline tickets, hotel rooms, and rental cars. To see how we’re fighting to save you money, visit www.itravel2000.com.

February 25, 2013 itravel2000 is about Giving the Extra Mile on Group Travel

Canada’s favourite travel company, itravel2000, is offering an exclusive bonus for Group Vacations, and the timing couldn’t be better. The call centre is reporting many Canadians shopping around for March Break family travel and spring destination weddings. Group bookings are on a rise, and more travellers are seeing the benefits of travelling in numbers.

Key Benefits of Group Travel

  • Competitive pricing and value add-on’s based on volume such as free rooms
  • The more the merrier – many group travellers have come back to say that when you bring your own party – you are guaranteed a good time!
  • Dedicated itravel2000 Weddings and Groups Specialists, offering over 20 combined years of expertise at no extra cost to customers

“Canadians are realizing the many benefits on group travel, which is why we have seen a strong volume of growth in Family group travel and destination weddings”. Jonathan Carroll, president of itravel2000, comments, “With this growth, we are committed to providing additional incentives to our customers by launching for February only a Petro-Canada fuel savings, exclusive to itravel2000.”

For a limited time only, itravel2000 customers who book a group vacation of 11 rooms or more will receive Petro-Canada Preferred Fuel Savings Cards, allowing up to 5¢ savings per litre, up to 2,000 litres. Bookings must be made by Feb. 28, 2013 for travel by April 30, 2013!*

*Some conditions apply see website for full terms and conditions


For more information, visit itravel2000.com. To book a vacation, call 1-866-888-1180.

Contact:Nicole Dalton
Senior Marketing Manager, itravel2000
ndalton@itravel2000.com
905.267.4464

About itravel2000 itravel2000.com a leading travel retailer in Canada was a pioneer of online travel and has more than 100 travel experts. itravel2000 provides customers more travel options than any other Canadian travel retailer through a full product suite for vacation packages, cruises, airline tickets, hotel rooms, and rental cars. To see how we’re fighting to save you money, visit www.itravel2000.com.

February 6, 2013 itravel2000’s Best Advice and Prices on Europe

Canadians are escaping to Europe with strong bookings coming in right now for summer travel. itravel2000’s Travel Experts have been quoting the best prices on flights, hotels, cruises, and tours for many Canadians looking to explore the wonders of Europe this summer.

A new recent trend that is growing in popularity in Canada is River Cruises as a new and unique way to travel Europe. Smaller ship sizes create an intimate travel experience and with all-inclusive pricing on food, drinks, and tour excursions, River Cruises offer a new luxury with inspiring river destinations to discover Europe.

itravel2000.com makes planning any type of travel to Europe and UK easy with their new online “European Superstore”. Customers can find the best travel deals for European vacations and check out the “Best Price Calendar” for great value on packages in select European destinations, and the “Travel Map” for great deals flights to the most popular cities and countries.

Europe has always been a strong favourite among Canadian travellers. The historic culture of love, romance, art, and fine flavours unique to places like Italy, France, Spain, and Greece make Europe a much desired travel experience.

“There are so many places to explore in Europe, so many unique travel options, and lots of different things to do in each and every European city, and itravel2000 makes trips like this easy,” Jonathan Carroll, president of itravel2000, explains. “Canadians love choices and with our new online tools and our helpful Travel Experts, they have access to trusted advice and unbeatable prices”.

From guided tours to river cruises, itravel2000’s Travel Experts are available to book the perfect European experience.


For more information, visit itravel2000.com. To book a vacation, call 1-866-888-1180.

Contact:Nicole Dalton
Senior Marketing Manager, itravel2000
ndalton@itravel2000.com
905.267.4464

About itravel2000 itravel2000.com a leading travel retailer in Canada was a pioneer of online travel and has more than 100 travel experts. itravel2000 provides customers more travel options than any other Canadian travel retailer through a full product suite for vacation packages, cruises, airline tickets, hotel rooms, and rental cars. To see how we’re fighting to save you money, visit www.itravel2000.com.

January 28, 2013 Say “I Do” and WIN with itravel2000

For the past few years, Canada's favourite travel company, itravel2000, has recognized the growing popularity in destination weddings. With this growing trend, itravel2000 is making a strong statement this year with presence in two wedding shows, a honeymoon giveaway contest, and giveaways for an advance screening of “The Big Wedding” movie!

“The Big Wedding” is an upcoming comedy film with a large all-star cast including Robert De Niro, Katherine Heigl, Diane Keaton, Amanda Seyfried, Topher Grace, Ben Barnes, Susan Sarandon and Robin Williams. Set to be released on April 26, 2013, itravel2000 has partnered with eOne to promote the movie with ticket giveaways on itravel2000's GenNext Facebook page.

itravel2000 invites brides, grooms, and wedding planners to drop by their booth at “The National Bridal Wedding Show” in Toronto on January 25 to January 27, 2013 and the “Vancouver Wedding & Honeymoon Spring Show” on April 7. Dedicated Wedding Specialists will be there to offer their expertise on destination weddings; something that always sounds easy, but without the assistance of an expert, can make that special day in paradise a nightmare of mishaps.

The wedding experts at itravel have booked more than 3500 weddings helping make every bride's dream destination wedding a romantic and unforgettable success. For a limited time, couples who book their destination wedding with itravel2000 before March 15, 2013, have a chance to win their 1st honeymoon at the El Dorado Royale Resort by Karisma.*

  1. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
  2. Montego Bay, Jamaica
  3. Cancun, Mexico
  4. Los Cabos, Mexico


“There is no better place to say “I do” than on a beautiful sunny beach with close friends and family.” Jonathan Carroll, president of itravel2000, explains, “Canadian brides can take comfort in knowing that our wedding experts make it easy to have an amazing wedding ceremony, reception, and honeymoon with itravel's one-stop-shop.”

For updates and photos of these contests and events, follow itravel2000 on Twitter and on Facebook.

*Some conditions apply


For more information, visit itravel2000.com. To book a vacation, call 1-866-888-1180.

Contact:Nicole Dalton
Senior Marketing Manager, itravel2000
ndalton@itravel2000.com
905.267.4464


About itravel2000 itravel2000.com a leading travel retailer in Canada was a pioneer of online travel and has more than 100 travel experts. itravel2000 provides customers more travel options than any other Canadian travel retailer through a full product suite for vacation packages, cruises, airline tickets, hotel rooms, and rental cars. To see how we’re fighting to save you money, visit www.itravel2000.com.

January 21, 2013 Universal Orlando’s Partnership with itravel2000 Continues to Grow

itravel2000.com brought home yet another award of excellence; this time being recognized for connecting Canadians with Universal Orlando’s newest and latest attractions. Recently, Universal Orlando awarded itravel2000 with the “Universal Orlando Marketing Partnership of the Year Award” at the itravel2000.com head office in Mississauga, Ontario.

itravel2000 is committed to bringing movie magic and incredible entertainment experiences to Canadians through Universal Orlando vacations. Whether customers are looking for flights and car rentals or booking their stay at any of the three on-site hotels at Universal Orlando Resort, itravel’s expert agents make it easy to plan and book an Orlando family vacation.

“Our business is built on strong partnerships and this one has helped bring new and innovative programs to Canadians to experience Universal Orlando’s latest attractions”, said Jonathan Carroll, president of itravel2000.


For more information, visit itravel2000.com. To book a vacation, call 1-866-888-1180.

Contact:Nicole Dalton
Senior Marketing Manager, itravel2000
ndalton@itravel2000.com
905.267.4464

About itravel2000 itravel2000.com a leading travel retailer in Canada was a pioneer of online travel and has more than 100 travel experts. itravel2000 provides customers more travel options than any other Canadian travel retailer through a full product suite for vacation packages, cruises, airline tickets, hotel rooms, and rental cars. To see how we’re fighting to save you money, visit www.itravel2000.com.

January 17, 2013 Travel Demand Heats Up – Prices Cool Down

Canadian travellers are getting the best deals now more than ever. The travel market is hot and there is a huge drive to book right now, and Canadians are taking notice. itravel2000 is reporting their lowest rates for Canadians planning to travel in February through to April 2013. Prices have dropped considerably across the board driving the highest call volumes at itravel2000.

With the strong Canadian currency, the dollar is going a lot further as the demand for travel heats up. The robust Canadian dollar has major competing tour operators aggressively reducing their rates, and opening up travel inventory to win over more consumers. Canadians looking to escape the cold winter weather are seeing the lowest prices for many sun destinations with the highest price drops from Cuba, Dominican Republic, and Jamaica.

“Historically, aggressive prices stimulate strong bookings, but this is the first time we are seeing February, March, and April prices this low!” Jonathan Carroll, president of itravel2000, explains, “Canadians are using the high dollar and over-capacity in travel inventory to their benefit, to get an absolute deal with itravel2000.”


For more information, visit itravel2000.com. To book a vacation, call 1-866-888-1180.

Contact:Nicole Dalton
Senior Marketing Manager, itravel2000
ndalton@itravel2000.com
905.267.4464

About itravel2000 itravel2000.com a leading travel retailer in Canada was a pioneer of online travel and has more than 100 travel experts. itravel2000 provides customers more travel options than any other Canadian travel retailer through a full product suite for vacation packages, cruises, airline tickets, hotel rooms, and rental cars. To see how we’re fighting to save you money, visit www.itravel2000.com.

January 11, 2013 Cuba Vacations Reach Record-High

Canada’s favourite travel company, itravel2000, has reported a huge increase in Canadian bookings for vacation packages to Cuba. As a popular long-time favourite among Canadians, this is no surprise, but the volume and growth from not only years past, but against other hot travel sun destinations like Mexico, these numbers are unprecedented.

Based on bookings for 2012, itravel2000 helped thousands of Canadians escape to Cuba, ranked as the new number one travel destination, dropping Mexico into second place. Canadians are going beyond the popular Cuba destinations like Varadero and Havana, and exploring new emerging cities like Holguin, Cayo Coco, Santa Maria, Santiago, and Camaguey. Not only has Cuba developed more resorts, but itravel2000 has expanded their offerings as well, providing more flights and resorts available to Canadians.

“We know Canadians love Cuba, and we offer all-inclusive vacation packages to many of their great cities, and various different resorts too,” Jonathan Carroll, president of itravel2000, explained. “We even see repeat visits to Cuba which affirms how strongly Canadians love to travel and explore new places in Cuba, or the same places and resorts because of the amazing experiences they have shared there”.

From the exotic Havana to some of the most breathtaking beaches of Varadero, Canadian travellers can choose from so many great vacation deals at - www.itravel2000.com/cuba.


For more information, visit itravel2000.com. To book a vacation, call 1-866-888-1180.

Contact:Nicole Dalton
Senior Marketing Manager, itravel2000
ndalton@itravel2000.com
905.267.4464

About itravel2000 itravel2000.com a leading travel retailer in Canada was a pioneer of online travel and has more than 100 travel experts. itravel2000 provides customers more travel options than any other Canadian travel retailer through a full product suite for vacation packages, cruises, airline tickets, hotel rooms, and rental cars. To see how we’re fighting to save you money, visit www.itravel2000.com.

January 7, 2013 Top 10 Travel Destinations of 2012

Canada’s favourite travel company, itravel2000, has reported their most popular travel destinations of 2012. The top 10 list for the past year is based on the online and call centre bookings.

Travellers across this country still preferred the popular vacation hot spots like Cuba, and traditionally famous destinations such as Florida, but other destinations such as Jamaica, Great Britain, Costa Rica, and Italy have caught the attention of Canadian travellers this year.

The top 10 destinations for 2012 are listed below:

  1. Cuba

    Breathtaking beaches, amazing golf courses, and genuine hospitality, Cuba vacations have increased in bookings for 2012, making it the top favourite travel destination for Canadians. Breathtaking beaches, amazing golf courses, and genuine hospitality, Cuba vacations have increased in bookings for 2012, making it the top favourite travel destination for Canadians.

  2. Mexico

    With so many great cities to visit, the close geographic proximity to Canada, no shortage of flights, Mexico makes the list at number 2. Canadian families and couples preferred Mexico for the food, culture, rich history, and even for beach destination weddings and honeymoons.

  3. United States

    Florida and Nevada top the list for US travel destinations. Canadians love visiting Orlando and Las Vegas for the many attractions from iconic theme parks to the magic of Cirque du Soleil theatre performances, fine dining, and great shopping.

  4. Dominican Republic

    An endless supply of the world’s most pristine beaches, Punta Cana is known for its many all-inclusive resorts. Canadians escaped to this tropical getaway and enjoyed the white sandy beaches, swaying coconut trees, and crystal blue water.

  5. Canada

    Homegrown travel saw the most increases in bookings for 2012. Canadians travelled to Ontario, British Columbia, and Alberta in strong numbers. With various National treasures like Toronto’s CN Tower and the Royal Ontario Museum, events like The Grey Cup held in Toronto this past year, the annual Calgary Stampede, the spectacular landscapes and wildlife of British Columbia taking in all the outdoor activities – water/winter sports, Canadians don’t have to travel far for a great getaway.

  6. Jamaica

    Canadian travellers owned bragging rights after they discovered Jamaica's many miraculous waterfalls, tasted the best sugarcane and Rum on beautiful beaches, and even visited the Bob Marley Museum.

  7. Bahamas

    For Canadians who were looking for new beaches to explore, Nassau/Paradise Island was a preferred choice. Short flights from Canada, several watersports, and even opportunities to swim with the dolphins, Bahamas makes the top 10 list for favourite travel destinations.

  8. Great Britain

    With the 2012 Summer Olympics held in London this past year; Canadians had an additional reason to visit London, besides all the historic sites like the London Bridge, Stonehenge, Buckingham Palace & Windsor Castle, or popular tours like Harry Potter and The Beatles.

  9. Costa Rica

    Besides the tropical beaches, Costa Rica is a destination full of adrenaline for adventure-seeking Canadians. The land of volcanoes, rain forests, waterfalls, and rivers, travellers have many activities to choose from - rafting, snorkeling, kayaking, sport fishing, surfing, to name a few.

  10. Italy

    Rich in culture, food, and romance, Italy has it all and caps the list at 10th most popular travel destination of our Canadian travellers in 2012. From famous landmarks like the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Sistine Chapel, to rich flavours in wine, espresso, and gelato, Canadians experienced the many Italian delicacies, when in Rome.

"Our travel offerings have grown so much and we have seen such strong gains in our 2012 vacation bookings,” Jonathan Carroll, president of itravel2000, explained. “We understand Canadians love to travel and explore new places - that is why we continuously work with our various travel partners to offer our customers the best value, whatever their travel needs are, year over year".

From Alaskan cruises to adventures tours in Thailand, destination weddings in Jamaica to Florida Disney vacations, itravel2000 has popular trips to suit everyone’s travel interests. Make sure to check out the full list of top travel offers to help decide where to head off to next for 2013.




For more information, visit itravel2000.com. To book a vacation, call 1-866-888-1180.

Contact:Nicole Dalton
Senior Marketing Manager, itravel2000
ndalton@itravel2000.com
905.267.4464


About itravel2000 itravel2000.com a leading travel retailer in Canada was a pioneer of online travel and has more than 100 travel experts. itravel2000 provides customers more travel options than any other Canadian travel retailer through a full product suite for vacation packages, cruises, airline tickets, hotel rooms, and rental cars. To see how we’re fighting to save you money, visit www.itravel2000.com.

December 31, 2012 One more day and itravel2000 says “Let it Snow, Canada!”

What will happen this New Year’s Day? How much will it snow and where? These are the questions itravel2000 customers are anxiously awaiting answers to. What better way to ring in the New Year than with itravel2000’s "Let it Snow" one of kind promotion? Travellers and the team at itravel2000 will undoubtedly be glued to the weather report across the country anticipating the snowfall that may grant them a free vacation!

For Canadians who booked their eligible winter vacation with itravel2000 between September 12, 2012 and October 15, 2012, the wait is almost over. Come New Year's Day, if their designated weather station reports more than 12.7 cm of snow, potentially thousands of travellers can get a refund on the cost of their vacation.

"This program has grown into one of Canada’s largest vacation promotions," Jonathan Carroll, president of itravel2000, commented. "The weather in Canada is unpredictable so it is always a gamble, but we are hoping the odds are in our favour this year, and we see enough snow to give away free vacations to our customers!"


For more information, visit itravel2000.com. To book a vacation, call 1-866-888-1180.

Contact:Nicole Dalton
Senior Marketing Manager, itravel2000
ndalton@itravel2000.com
905.267.4464

About itravel2000 itravel2000.com a leading travel retailer in Canada was a pioneer of online travel and has more than 100 travel experts. itravel2000 provides customers more travel options than any other Canadian travel retailer through a full product suite for vacation packages, cruises, airline tickets, hotel rooms, and rental cars. To see how we’re fighting to save you money, visit www.itravel2000.com.

December 24, 2012 1000’s of itravel2000’s Clients are saying LET IT SNOW so they can get their trip for FREE!

itravel2000 has gambled with Mother Nature for six years now with one of Canada’s most unique travel promotions. Promising, if it snows more than 12.7 cm on January 1st, thousands of itravel2000 clients will get their vacation for free.

The countdown is on for itravel2000 clients who booked their eligible winter getaway during the “Let It Snow Campaign” period of September 12th, 2012 – October 15th, 2012. “We are anxiously awaiting the weather report come New Year’s Day,” Jonathan Carroll, president of itravel2000 said. “We are already tracking the snowfall and counting down the days. We would love to see all our clients across this country see enough snow for a free vacation to the sunny south from itravel2000!”

With past winners in Montreal (2008) and Halifax (2009), the excitement at the itravel2000 office is just starting to build.

For travellers wanting to get away for less - the “Let it Snow” promotion provides one of the most unique and innovative incentives for Canadians to book early and potentially win their winter vacation. So after the champagne is poured and the ball drops, itravel2000 and thousands of travel customers across the country will have fingers crossed, hoping Mother Nature will strike again and let it snow!


For more information, visit itravel2000.com. To book a vacation, call 1-866-888-1180.

Contact:Nicole Dalton
Senior Marketing Manager, itravel2000
ndalton@itravel2000.com
905.267.4464

About itravel2000 itravel2000.com a leading travel retailer in Canada was a pioneer of online travel and has more than 100 travel experts. itravel2000 provides customers more travel options than any other Canadian travel retailer through a full product suite for vacation packages, cruises, airline tickets, hotel rooms, and rental cars. To see how we’re fighting to save you money, visit www.itravel2000.com.

December 13, 2012 itravel2000 makes Sandal’s “Best of the Best” List

itravel2000.com has again been recognized as a top vacation partner for well-known luxury resort chain Sandals at an event held in Bahamas recently, receiving three of the top honours for Sandals worldwide.

Based on high performance, itravel2000.com, received “Top Call Centre Agency for Canada”, “Top 10 Travel Agencies”, and “Best of the Best”.

“We are thrilled to be awarded with such strong accolades from Caribbean's Leading Resort,” said Jonathan Carroll, president of itravel2000. “Supporting Sandals Resorts is an easy partnership - Canadians recognize the superior service of the Sandals brand and take confidence in booking it with itravel2000.”

Destination weddings have been on the rise the last few years and Carroll said having wedding experts have really played an integral part of their success.


For more information, visit itravel2000.com. To book a vacation, call 1-866-888-1180.

Contact:Nicole Dalton
Senior Marketing Manager, itravel2000
ndalton@itravel2000.com
905.267.4464

About itravel2000 itravel2000.com a leading travel retailer in Canada was a pioneer of online travel and has more than 100 travel experts. itravel2000 provides customers more travel options than any other Canadian travel retailer through a full product suite for vacation packages, cruises, airline tickets, hotel rooms, and rental cars. To see how we’re fighting to save you money, visit www.itravel2000.com.

December 10, 2012 itravel2000’s ‘Price Drop Protection™’ plan is back!

Contrary to popular belief, Canadians waiting until the last minute to book their winter vacation may not necessarily be getting the best “deal," which is why itravel2000.com - Canada’s most trusted travel company - is once again helping travellers with the launch of its new and improved Price Drop Protection™.

Now available for a limited time, if the price goes down on a client’s vacation up to 60 days* after the booking date, they can be refunded the difference by cheque.**

itravel2000 is making consumers aware that although waiting until the last minute to book a vacation can often result in some of the lowest prices, it doesn’t always mean the best deal. By booking early, clients are assured true value, from selecting their preferred resort, destination and peace of mind that the trip they want - when and where – is the trip they’ll get. Price Drop Protection gives clients the ability to secure these exceptional vacations now, with the added assurance that if the price drops down the road, they will get money back to make up the difference.**

“We want our clients to know that they will get the best price with itravel2000 without having to sacrifice quality product,” said Jonathan Carroll, CEO of itravel2000.com. “We have our Price Guarantee on vacation packages and now Price Drop Protection™ – it only makes sense to book with itravel2000.com.”

*length of coverage is dependent on booking date – please see all terms and conditions.
** Some restrictions apply – please see all terms and conditions for details.


For more information, visit itravel2000.com. To book a vacation, call 1-866-888-1180.

Contact:Nicole Dalton
Senior Marketing Manager, itravel2000
ndalton@itravel2000.com
905.267.4464

About itravel2000 itravel2000.com a leading travel retailer in Canada was a pioneer of online travel and has more than 100 travel experts. itravel2000 provides customers more travel options than any other Canadian travel retailer through a full product suite for vacation packages, cruises, airline tickets, hotel rooms, and rental cars. To see how we’re fighting to save you money, visit www.itravel2000.com.

September 13, 2012 itravel2000®’s ‘Let it Snow!’ promotion is back!

itravel2000 is gambling with mother nature again, with the official launch of its “Let it Snow” promotion today for the sixth year running.

Canadian consumers have the opportunity to be refunded the cost of their vacation, less the taxes and fees, if it snows more than five inches on New Year’s Day in their designated weather station. Bookings must be made between Sept. 12 and Oct. 15, 2012 for travel between Nov. 1, 2012 and Apr. 30, 2013.

For travellers planning to getaway this winter - on average, expecting to spend $1,500 per person - the “Let it Snow” promotion provides added incentive to book early and possibly earn huge savings.

Packages eligible for the promotion include all of Canada’s major travel brands: Sunwing Vacations, Signature Vacations, Sunquest Vacations, WestJet Vacations, Transat Holidays, Nolitours, Air Canada Vacations, Royal Caribbean International, MSC Cruises and Carnival Cruise Lines.

“Let it Snow” can also be combined with additional supplier promotions available through itravel2000, such as reduced deposits and price protection, ensuring our customers get the most value for their money.

Jonathan Carroll, president of itravel2000, commented:

“We’re excited to launch one of Canada’s largest vacation promotions. We were thrilled to give away free vacations to our clients in Atlantic Canada and Quebec in past years, and we’re hoping to do the same this year. Let’s hope Santa brings some snow for January 1!”


For more information, visit itravel2000.com. To book a vacation, call 1-866-888-1180.

Contact:Nicole Dalton
Senior Marketing Manager, itravel2000
ndalton@itravel2000.com
905.267.4464

About itravel2000 itravel2000.com a leading travel retailer in Canada was a pioneer of online travel and has more than 100 travel experts. itravel2000 provides customers more travel options than any other Canadian travel retailer through a full product suite for vacation packages, cruises, airline tickets, hotel rooms, and rental cars. To see how we’re fighting to save you money, visit www.itravel2000.com.

June 28, 2012 Get inspired, informed and escape with itravel2000

Planning for a holiday can be a tricky affair – which destination, when to visit and what to explore? itravel2000, a Travelzest company, has launched a travel blog available at www.itravel2000.com/blog, to help Canadian travellers to learn about exciting destinations, offers, news, travel stories and tips to help plan hassle-free and memorable travels.

Designed to be a top resource for travel information, the blog will include informative stories written by the company’s in-house team of bloggers, and also travel experts sharing their personal travel experiences and tips.

Whether you plan to explore Europe on a budget, plan last-minute vacations, or want to know the top beaches to hang hammocks, the blog is a treasure-trove of insightful travel information. Blog categories include Explore: Destinations, Cruises, Travel News, Top Travel Picks, and Travel Tips and Tricks, to name a few.

Jonathan Carroll, President of itravel2000 and CEO of Travelzest, commented:

“It’s another engaging way itravel2000 is bringing together great travel experiences for Canadian travellers to get inspired and plan memorable vacations.”


For more information, visit itravel2000.com. To book a vacation, call 1-866-888-1180.

Contact:Nicole Dalton
Senior Marketing Manager, itravel2000
ndalton@itravel2000.com
905.267.4464

About itravel2000 itravel2000.com a leading travel retailer in Canada was a pioneer of online travel and has more than 100 travel experts. itravel2000 provides customers more travel options than any other Canadian travel retailer through a full product suite for vacation packages, cruises, airline tickets, hotel rooms, and rental cars. To see how we’re fighting to save you money, visit www.itravel2000.com.

March 22, 2012 Win Your Dream Holiday Contest

itravel2000, a Travelzest Company (LSE:TRVZ.L) a leading online travel retailer, launched an online campaign today, presenting participants with the fantastic opportunity to win their dream holiday, and to create fun vacation video postcards to send to their friends and families. Travellers can enter the contest at dream.itravel2000.com by submitting their holiday wishes for the chance to win the grand prize of a $5000 trip for two to their favourite vacation destination.

The one-of-a-kind campaign also features a video showcasing the campaign theme – “Wishes do come true!”, and details on how to enter the contest. Travellers are also encouraged to create and share the virtual holiday video postcards by uploading pictures of themselves and their friends.

Jonathan Carroll, president of itravel2000 and CEO of Travelzest, said:

“We know that Canadians love to dream about travel. What better way to allow them to share their travel dreams than this campaign? This is a fun and positive contest that we’re hoping many Canadians will take part in and enjoy.” Contest Details

All entries must be submitted by April 30, 2012. Each participant is limited to a single entry of 1000 characters or less. itravel2000’s panel of judges will select the winner on May 3, 2012.


For more information, visit itravel2000.com. To book a vacation, call 1-866-888-1180.

Contact:Nicole Dalton
Senior Marketing Manager, itravel2000
ndalton@itravel2000.com
905.267.4464

About itravel2000 itravel2000.com a leading travel retailer in Canada was a pioneer of online travel and has more than 100 travel experts. itravel2000 provides customers more travel options than any other Canadian travel retailer through a full product suite for vacation packages, cruises, airline tickets, hotel rooms, and rental cars. To see how we’re fighting to save you money, visit www.itravel2000.com.

March 13, 2012 itravel2000 Launches Flight Price Drop Protection

itravel2000, a Travelzest Company (LSE:TRVZ.L) a leading online travel retailer, is pleased to announce the launch of its Price Drop Protection on flights today, allowing customers to book with the confidence that they are securing the best flight deal available. If the price drops until the day they fly, the Company will reimburse the difference of up to $250 in cash.

The flight Price Drop Protection is applicable on all flights departing between April 1 and August 31, 2012, and bookings made by April 30, 2012.

The simple process works as follows:

1. Once a qualifying flight is booked on itravel2000.com or by calling the Company travel experts at 1.866.WOW.DEAL, the Company will monitor to see if another itravel2000 customer books the identical itinerary at a lower price.

2. If another itravel2000 consumer books the same itinerary at a lower price, the Company will reimburse the difference of minimum $25 and maximum $250 per airline ticket.

3. The Company will mail the refund to qualifying consumers by cheque within 6 weeks after their departure date. Consumers need not call, email or make a claim. The Company customer care department will email qualifying customers as soon as they are eligible for a refund.

To learn more about the exclusive Price Drop Protection on flights and for full terms and conditions, click here

Jonathan Carroll, President of itarvel2000 and CEO of Travelzest, commented:

“Price Drop Protection is our guarantee that our customers are booking the best possible prices on their travels. If the price of an iTravel2000’s flight drops after booking, we will be happy to refund the difference; and unlike some competitor’s offers, we are offering real cash as opposed to travel vouchers.

We were the first company in the industry to launch Price Drop Protection, on pre packaged holidays in 2009. We pride ourselves on always being able to listen to our customer’s needs and find the best ways for our customers to save money.”



For more information, visit itravel2000.com. To book a vacation, call 1-866-888-1180.

Contact:Nicole Dalton
Senior Marketing Manager, itravel2000
ndalton@itravel2000.com
905.267.4464

About itravel2000 itravel2000.com a leading travel retailer in Canada was a pioneer of online travel and has more than 100 travel experts. itravel2000 provides customers more travel options than any other Canadian travel retailer through a full product suite for vacation packages, cruises, airline tickets, hotel rooms, and rental cars. To see how we’re fighting to save you money, visit www.itravel2000.com.

February 27, 2012 How to avoid the fuel surcharge increase

itravel2000, a Travelzest company (LSE:TVZ.L), a leading online travel retailer, wants to let its customers the importance of booking spring and summer vacations sooner rather than later.

Fuel prices are continuing to escalate, and the likely fuel surcharge increase will have an effect on the fantastic deals itravel2000 is able to provide. However, if you book soon you can avoid this, and take advantage of the existing great travel deals.

Jonathan Carroll said:

“We are committed to our customers, and want to make sure they are aware of the constantly changing travel environment. We will continue to keep seeking out the best travel deals possible for our customers that we are famous for.”


For more information, visit itravel2000.com. To book a vacation, call 1-866-888-1180.

Contact:Nicole Dalton
Senior Marketing Manager, itravel2000
ndalton@itravel2000.com
905.267.4464

About itravel2000 itravel2000.com a leading travel retailer in Canada was a pioneer of online travel and has more than 100 travel experts. itravel2000 provides customers more travel options than any other Canadian travel retailer through a full product suite for vacation packages, cruises, airline tickets, hotel rooms, and rental cars. To see how we’re fighting to save you money, visit www.itravel2000.com.

February 7, 2012 “Make My Family Smile” Contest winners bag a fantastic family vacation in Orlando

itravel2000, a Travelzest company (LSE:TVZ.L), a leading online travel retailer, and Visit Orlando have announced the winners of the “Make My Family Smile” contest, launched in partnership with Citytv's Breakfast Television Toronto. The five winners and their families have won the grand prize of a vacation in sunny Orlando, Florida. Jennifer Valentyne, Breakfast Television’s LiveEye host will air the prize live on Breakfast Television, February 6-8, 6-9 am.

The winners, along with Jennifer Valentyne and itravel2000 teams, will visit the exciting Orlando attractions of Universal Studios, Cirque du Soleil, Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Gatorland, Boggy Creek Airboat Rides, Lake Eola Park, Magic Kingdom and Walt Disney World, with all accommodation provided by Universal Orlando Resort. Footage of the first live broadcast in Orlando is available here

The contest was part of the Orlando promotion that aired on Breakfast Television in November, 2011, which featured itravel2000 president Jonathan Carroll on Breakfast Television providing tips and insights on the exciting activities and attractions in Orlando. Footage is available on the Company’s official YouTube channel.

itravel2000 provides Canadian travelers with the best of Orlando including vacation, airfare and accommodation deals through its Orlando Super Store, and is committed to finding the best deals and vacations for its customers.

Jonathan Carroll, president of itravel2000 and CEO of Travelzest, commented:

“Orlando is a great vacation destination, and offers fantastic attractions and activities that many may not be familiar with, and we are happy to convey the message to our consumers through the campaign. We would like to congratulate the winners and their families, and recommend travelers to watch the broadcast to learn more about the amazing Orlando offerings.”


For more information, visit itravel2000.com. To book a vacation, call 1-866-888-1180.

Contact:Nicole Dalton
Senior Marketing Manager, itravel2000
ndalton@itravel2000.com
905.267.4464

About itravel2000 itravel2000.com a leading travel retailer in Canada was a pioneer of online travel and has more than 100 travel experts. itravel2000 provides customers more travel options than any other Canadian travel retailer through a full product suite for vacation packages, cruises, airline tickets, hotel rooms, and rental cars. To see how we’re fighting to save you money, visit www.itravel2000.com.

February 1, 2012 London-Toronto: Daily Deals video on YouTube proves a huge success

itravel2000, a Travelzest company (LSE:TVZ.L), is pleased to announce the success of its newly launched YouTube channel. The first Daily Deal video attracted over 6,000 views in 30 hours, and the YouTube Channel has reached 100 subscribers and 38,000 views in only seven days.

Already known for giving great deals on its website, the YouTube channel features an exciting Daily Deals section, featuring the very best travel deals around. Host Lyndsay Reader will present viewers with the best of the daily vacation, hotel and flight deals for Canadian gateways of Toronto, Vancouver, Ottawa, Montreal, Calgary, Halifax, Regina, Victoria, Winnipeg and Edmonton. To access these great deals simply subscribe to the Company’s official YouTube channel, and watch the Daily Deals videos for less than two minutes on your computer, tablet or smartphone. Channel subscribers will receive an email alert as soon as a Daily Deal video is uploaded on the channel.

The Company’s Facebook and Twitter channels will also feature the top Daily Deals videos for fans to view and share among their social circles online.

Jonathan Carroll, President of itravel2000, and CEO of Travelzest, commented:

“We are thrilled to present a new platform for consumers to receive the best travel deals daily, and that our new YouTube channel has already proved such a success. Our mission is to provide consumers with the best deals and value, and we intend to keep communicating with our customers through all avenues to achieve this.”


For more information, visit itravel2000.com. To book a vacation, call 1-866-888-1180.

Contact:Nicole Dalton
Senior Marketing Manager, itravel2000
ndalton@itravel2000.com
905.267.4464

About itravel2000 itravel2000.com a leading travel retailer in Canada was a pioneer of online travel and has more than 100 travel experts. itravel2000 provides customers more travel options than any other Canadian travel retailer through a full product suite for vacation packages, cruises, airline tickets, hotel rooms, and rental cars. To see how we’re fighting to save you money, visit www.itravel2000.com.

January 25, 2012 Click, Watch and Escape with itravel2000

itravel2000, a Travelzest company (LSE:TVZ.L), a leading online travel retailer, is proud to announce the launch of its official YouTube channel. Consumers can now go straight to youtube for exciting travel deals, ideas, information and travel news.

The Company’s fulltime video team, with host Lyndsay Reader, will travel far and wide to shoot a special YouTube video series, including “Daily Deals”; insights from itravel2000 president Jonathan Carroll, information on destinations and cruises, “Behind the Curtain”, “Need to Know”, and, “Where’s Hot”. The videos will also feature real time interviews with many of itravel2000’s 100 plus travel expert sales agents, so consumers can get the latest scoop on destinations, resorts and deals.

Also coming up in the itravel2000 communications pipeline is the launch of its first of a kind video newsletter, featuring daily deals every morning. The itravel2000 initiative is to take e-communication to a new level, by equipping consumers with the convenience and ability to watch, and share, videos featuring the best travel ideas, deals and information on their computers, tablets or smartphones.

Jonathan Carroll, President of itravel2000, and CEO of Travelzest, commented:

“We are proud of the fact we really listen to our consumers. We want to help them experience travel through videos and not just through the content on our website. We are certain that our YouTube channel will help them explore and plan their next best vacations.”


For more information, visit itravel2000.com. To book a vacation, call 1-866-888-1180.

Contact:Nicole Dalton
Senior Marketing Manager, itravel2000
ndalton@itravel2000.com
905.267.4464

About itravel2000 itravel2000.com a leading travel retailer in Canada was a pioneer of online travel and has more than 100 travel experts. itravel2000 provides customers more travel options than any other Canadian travel retailer through a full product suite for vacation packages, cruises, airline tickets, hotel rooms, and rental cars. To see how we’re fighting to save you money, visit www.itravel2000.com.

January 19, 2012 itravel2000 offers top 12 travel tips for 2012

Vacations call for relaxing times, provided they are planned right. itravel2000, a Travelzest company (LSE:TVZ.L), a leading online travel retailer, has released its expert top twelve vacation tips for 2012 to help Canadians travel hassle free.

1. Pack smart: Go light! Pack the essentials in your carry-on luggage – it will help in the times when you arrive early for hotel check-in, or if your luggage is lost or arrives late. Check the weather at your destination and pack accordingly - arriving ill-equipped isn’t a pleasant thing to happen. Also bear in mind plug adaptors and purchase a universal voltage converter to avoid problems with voltage differences. Visit Canadian Air Transport Security Authority website for more details.

2. Airport security: Always allow enough time for security, as it often experiences delays. Also avoid delaying yourself at security: research and don’t carry prohibited items, and remove heavy layers of clothing. Most importantly, keep your passport and travel documents close to you at all times.

3. Travelling with kids: Travelling with children needs extra planning. Research accommodation options to find out about special options such as kids’ club or play area. pack hygiene and medical essentials and enough to keep them entertained. Most importantly, make sure your children know where to go and what to do if they get lost. Be sure to carry the correct documents if you are the Guardian, rather than the parent, of the child to avoid any problems.

4. Currency exchange: Before you travel overseas, learn about the currency exchange rate in the country you plan to visit. You can use your credit card, an ATM machine, traveller’s cheques or grab it on the go at the airport, but be sure to find out about the applicable fees first.

5. Food safety: One of the best ways to get to know a destination is to experience its cuisine. However, this can be tricky if you have special dietary requirements. If so, make sure to research your destination’s eating customs, inform your hotel, your airline, and make a sign or learn words to communicate your restrictions.

6. Medications: It’s important to stock up on prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications and the best way is to keep them in your carry-on luggage. Copies of prescriptions should also be packed with medications. If you are going a little off the beaten track, make sure to pack a first aid box.

7. Travel Insurance: Travel insurance is essential and never underestimate how expensive an accident could be overseas. It also covers concerns such as illness, missed flights, lost baggage and cancelled tours. Above all, it gives you peace of mind!

8. Emergency contact: Prepare a list of emergency contacts for family and friends, and also for yourself. Carry the contact numbers of Canadian embassies located where you are to travel; in case of a lost or stolen passport, or contact details of local doctors and hospitals in emergency.

9. Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada: The Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada website offers travel reports, advisories, information on vaccination requirements and insights on foreign countries It is a great source for information on planning safe trips.

10. Local language: Knowing the basics of the local language in the destination you’re visiting can be useful when you need help with directions, local specialities, etc. Learning a few words of a local language is also a great way to connect with local people.

11. Driving license: Obtain an International Driving Permit, which will allow you to drive internationally, when accompanied by a valid Canadian driver's license. If you plan to rent a car, make arrangements from your home country in advance to avoid last-minute troubles.

12. Passports and important documents: Make sure to scan your passports, the list of emergency contacts and other important documents, and email them to yourself. This way, if you misplace or lose any documents, they are easily accessible. Also, check the expiry dates of your passport and driving license, and renew if necessary. Visit Passport Canada website if you need to renew your passport, or if it is stolen or lost.

Jonathan Carroll, President of itravel2000, and CEO of Travelzest, commented:

“Canadians travel overseas once a year on an average, and many of them face questions like what to pack, how to travel safe, what to do in emergency situations, etc. Our travel tips are aimed to help our customers go on their best vacation ever.”


For more information, visit itravel2000.com. To book a vacation, call 1-866-888-1180.

Contact:Nicole Dalton
Senior Marketing Manager, itravel2000
ndalton@itravel2000.com
905.267.4464

About itravel2000 itravel2000.com a leading travel retailer in Canada was a pioneer of online travel and has more than 100 travel experts. itravel2000 provides customers more travel options than any other Canadian travel retailer through a full product suite for vacation packages, cruises, airline tickets, hotel rooms, and rental cars. To see how we’re fighting to save you money, visit www.itravel2000.com.

January 1, 2012 itravel2000, a Travelzest company, says it’s “Time to Escape”

itravel2000, a leading Canadian online travel retailer, launched a winter sale today for Canadians to escape the winter freeze and avail sun vacations at great rates. Termed as “Time to Escape”, the sale features vacation deals with discounts of up to 70 percent to select sun destinations.

The Company said multiple factors such as the late onset of cold weather and excessive inventory played a role in driving the prices of sun vacations low this year that are featured on the sale. The other prime reason cited for the availability of low-priced vacations is that many families opted to travel with kids in the first week of January, and most trips for the second, third and fourth week of January remained unbooked. The Company also commented that many hotel rooms were available at cheaper rates in the month of January compared to the room pricings in December, which are featured on the sale.

itravel2000 has announced extended call centre hours on New Year’s Day after taking into account the increased booking calls during its Boxing Week Sale, which ran from December 23-31, 2011. Consumers looking to book their trips are advised to call at 1.866.WOW.DEAL.

For detailed information on the “Time to Escape” sale and to book online, visit: our Time to Escape page.

Jonathan Carroll, President of itravel2000 and CEO of Travelzest, said:

"Winter vacations to sun destinations are a great way for Canadians to unwind. Our “Time to Escape” sale features low-priced deals that they can take advantage of and start the New Year refreshed. It's one of the best events of the year where we were able to secure the best prices for consumers. It certainly presents great savings opportunities that are not to be missed.”


For more information, visit itravel2000.com. To book a vacation, call 1-866-888-1180.

Contact:Nicole Dalton
Senior Marketing Manager, itravel2000
ndalton@itravel2000.com
905.267.4464

About itravel2000 itravel2000.com a leading travel retailer in Canada was a pioneer of online travel and has more than 100 travel experts. itravel2000 provides customers more travel options than any other Canadian travel retailer through a full product suite for vacation packages, cruises, airline tickets, hotel rooms, and rental cars. To see how we’re fighting to save you money, visit www.itravel2000.com.

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