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Vayama Partners with PocketGuide Smartphone Application to Offer Free City Tours for Destinations Worldwide

Vayama Customers will Receive a Free Mobile City Tour when Booking Airfare, Becoming a Fan on Facebook or Signing up for the Travel Deals e-Newsletter

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – March 20, 2012Vayama.com, the online travel agency that specializes in international travel, announces today a partnership with PocketGuide, a smartphone application that provides mobile city tours worldwide. After a Vayama customer makes an airfare purchase, becomes a fan on Facebook or signs up for the travel deals e-newsletter, they will receive a code that they can enter in PocketGuide crediting their account to buy a single tour or a package tour, which offers up to a dozen walking tours for a single city.

“Walking tours are growing in popularity worldwide and we think our customers will see tremendous value in the PocketGuide application,” said Thomas Kent, vice president of marketing at Vayama. “PocketGuide’s selection of tours will enhance our customer’s travel experience by providing easy access to a collection of audio tours of the best locations and insider hangouts in major cities worldwide all from the palm of their hand.”

Designed by professional local tour guides, PocketGuide offers a collection of worldwide mobile city tours. While on the tour, users can record activities, access offline maps, utilize GPS tracking and share 3D videos of their experience. Users can follow along with the scheduled tour or wander freely through the city, as PocketGuide will provide alerts when an interesting site is nearby.

PocketGuide offers tours in the following cities: Amsterdam, Athens, Auckland, Barcelona, Berlin, Boston, Bratislava, Brussels, Budapest, Buenos Aires, Cairo, Cape Town, Chicago, Cork, Daytona Beach, Debrecen, Dublin, Edinburgh, Florence, Hong Kong, Hortobágy, Istanbul, Krakow, Las Vegas, Lima, Lisbon, London, Madrid, Melbourne, Miami, Milan, Moscow, New York, Orlando, Paris, Potsdam, Prague, Rio de Janeiro, Rome, Saint Petersburg, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, Shanghai, Singapore, Sopron, Sydney, Szentendre, Venice, Vienna, Waterloo and Wellington.

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About Vayama

Vayama is an online travel agency uniquely focused on international travel. The company offers travelers a vast selection of flights through its online booking engine that taps into inventory not available on other online travel websites. Launched in 2007, Vayama has continued to expand its online international travel services to include features such as 24/7 customer service, premium economy airfare, hotels, activities and car rentals.

 

For regular Vayama updates, follow us at www.twitter.com/Vayama become a fan on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/VayamaTravel or visit www.Vayama.com.

 

About Travix International B.V.
Vayama is part of Travix International B.V., a global travel company that manages an extensive portfolio of international travel websites operating under the brands: Vayama (USA), CheapTickets (Europe & Asia), Vliegwinkel.nl (Netherlands), BudgetAir (The Netherlands, United Kingdom, UK, USA, Canada & France), Flugladen (Germany) and EasyToBook.com (Worldwide).

Travix operates in 16 countries, employs 430 staff and has combined sales in excess of USD $1.1Billion.

 

About PocketGuide

PocketGuide is a city guide app that turns your phone into a personal tour guide. The app works automatically and guides you through the city by voice – much like a real personal tour guide, without roaming costs. During your trip PocketGuide records your experiences (pictures, videos, comments, track), which will, with one single click, automatically transferred into an amazing 3D video that you can share with your friends. The service is available in 60 cities on 5 continents and more than 1 million people have already used it. The app is developed by Redwood City based technology startup PocketGuide Inc., founded in 2010. PocketGuide Inc. also runs an office in Europe in Budapest. The application has won several awards, including European Golden Seal of e-Excellence (2010), Barcamp Startup Contest (2010), European Startup Week (2011). PocketGuide Inc., raised $2.1 million capital with Finext Startup venture capital firm in 2010. PocketGuide Inc. currently has 20 employers and more than 40 content writer worldwide. For more information please visit: www.pocketguideapp.com

 

 

Vayama Highlights Top U.S. International Travel Destinations for 2012

Vayama Identifies the Top 12 Most Sought After Destinations for International Travel in 2012

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – Jan. 10, 2012Vayama.com, the online travel agency that specializes in international travel, announces today its top 12 most sought after international destinations for travel during 2012 based on its customer booking trends.

“Our customers love to travel internationally and on average do so about 2-3 times per year,” said Thomas Kent, vice president of marketing at Vayama.com. “We took a look at our current 2012 customer bookings and compiled this list of the top 12 most popular destinations for international travel in 2012. We have also included information on the peak and shoulder seasons of each location so travelers can identify the best time to go to fit their travel needs.”

India

India is hot and will only get hotter in 2012. Not only is it a magnet for business travelers and Indian expats returning to visit family and friends, but booking a spiritual journey to Rishikesh, on the shores of the Ganges River and the foothills of the Himalayas, has never been more appealing.

Peak Season: June, July and December

Shoulder Season: March, April, August, September, October and November

New Zealand

New Zealand will continue to be hot in 2012 for many reasons. Not only is it relatively affordable for U.S. travelers, but it is also the setting of Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Ring’s prequel The Hobbit. Hordes of hobbit fans are expected to descend upon the quaint Kiwi town of Matamata to trample around the set of Hobbitown. New Zealand also offers world-class wineries, spectacular scenery and the best drinking buddies you can find on Middle Earth.

Peak Season: December, January and February

Shoulder Season: April, May, October and November

Europe

Historically a close second to beach vacations, Europe is the place where Americans like to spend their travel dollars the most and 2012 will be no different. Travel professionals have started to note the popularity of off season and shoulder season travel to Europe. That means that savvy travelers are starting to take advantage of winter and fall deals to their favorite European destinations. Watch out for Iceland becoming the hot European destination of 2012 due to its new affordability post financial meltdown, and also keeps an eye on Italy and Greece becoming hot again, for the same reasons.

Peak Season: June, July and August

Shoulder Season: January, February, September, October and November

London

London will be so hot in 2012 that it deserves its own mention. With the 2012 Olympics, London is set to showcase why it is the most cosmopolitan city in Europe.

Peak Season: June, July, and August

Shoulder Season: January, February, September, October and November

Paris

Paris is so popular that it also deserves its own mention. Americans have been deeply in love with Paris since the 1920’s and 2012 will be no exception. Hordes of American tourists will flock to the City of Lights in 2012 to be dazzled by its beauty and culinary and cultural wonders.

Peak Season: April, May, June, July and August

Shoulder Season: January, February, September, October and November

St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg was created as Russia’s showcase to the west and in 2012 it still remains a powerful showcase indeed. Visit the Hermitage museum and be amazed at the treasures collected by centuries of Czars and Czarinas.  A summer visit will add the bonus of white nights and the cultural events that revolve around them.

Peak Season: June, July and August

Shoulder Season: April, May, September and October

South Africa

South Africa is fast becoming a world-class destination that is surprisingly affordable for U.S. travelers. Cape Town is one of the most beautiful cities on earth, penguins and Table Top Mountain included. The South African national park systems is set up in such a way that anyone with a rental car can drive themselves and admire lions, leopards, elephants, buffalos and rhinos along with zebras, warthogs, hyenas and South Africa’s plentiful bucks. American travelers will appreciate a visit to Stellenbosch, the Western Cape’s prime wine region, with world-class wine and food.

Peak Season: April, May, September, October and November

Shoulder Season: June, July and August

Peru

Peru is among the top five destinations in 2012 for adventurous Americans. Hiking the Inca trail to Machu Picchu is fast becoming a popular bucket list thing to do and the culinary delights available in Lima and Cuzco are well worth the price of the airfare. Peru is also quite cheap for U.S. travelers, making it an almost perfect adventure destination.

Peak Season: June, July and August

Shoulder Season: February, October and November

Buenos Aires

A surprisingly affordable, trendy and sophisticated city, Buenos Aires dazzles with its French revival buildings and great food scene. Take a side trip to the wine region of Mendoza or the deep blue glaciers of Patagonia.

Peak Season: December, January and February

Shoulder Season: April, May, June, July, August, October and November

Brazil

This is Brazil’s decade as it will host the Soccer World Cup in 2014 and the Olympic Games in 2016. Americans have already fallen in love with Brazil’s affordability and amazing beaches from the world famous Ipanema beach, to the solitary stretches of sand and surf along the northern cities of Recife and Fortaleza. With friendly locals and world-class scenery, Brazil is perfect for those seeking a tropical vacation.

Peak Season: February, July and December

Shoulder Season: May, June, August and September

China

China is big on the travel map and will only get bigger in 2012. Not only is China affordable and lots of fun, it offers something for everybody from Macau’s glitzy casinos that rival anything Las Vegas has to offer, to the 24 hour party and shop till you drop atmosphere of Hong Kong and Shanghai, to the ancient treasures of Xian and Guilin. American foodies will have a feast exploring China’s culinary delights.

Peak Season: May, June, July and August

Shoulder Season: February, March, April, October and November

 

 

Indonesia

Indonesia is very affordable and gobsmackingly beautiful in its sheer variety. From Bali’s temples, rice paddies and surfer beaches, to its world class diving spots along chains of un-inhabited islands, to the bustle of modern day Jakarta contrasting against the almost impenetrable jungles and Stone Age tribes of West Papua, American travelers have fallen in love with Indonesia.

Peak Season: January, July, August, September and December

Shoulder Season: April, May, September and October

 

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About Vayama

Vayama is an online travel agency uniquely focused on international travel. The company offers travelers a vast selection of flights through its online booking engine that taps into inventory not available on other online travel websites. Launched in 2007, Vayama has continued to expand its online international travel services to include features such as 24/7 customer service, premium economy and discounted hotel rates, activities and car rentals.

For regular Vayama updates, follow us at www.twitter.com/Vayama become a fan on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/VayamaTravel or visit www.Vayama.com.

 

About Travix International B.V.
Vayama is part of Travix International B.V., a global travel company that manages an extensive portfolio of international travel websites operating under the brands: Vayama (USA), CheapTickets (Europe & Asia), Vliegwinkel.nl (Netherlands), BudgetAir (The Netherlands, United Kingdom, UK, Canada & France), Flugladen (Germany) and EasyToBook.com (Worldwide).

Travix operates in 16 countries, employs 430 staff and has combined sales in excess of USD $1.1Billion.

 

 

Vayama Offers End of Year Gift to Customers that Purchase International Airfare

Customers who Book International Airfare between December 27th and January 2nd will Receive a $50 Vayama Travel Gift Coupon

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – Dec. 27, 2011Vayama.com, the online travel agency that specializes in international travel, announces today that it is giving a year end $50 travel coupon to everyone who books an international flight between December 27, 2011 and January 2, 2012 and signs up for its deals newsletter. The $50 travel voucher can be used on future international airfare purchases on Vayama.com any time from January 1, 2012 through April 30, 2012.

“On average, our customers travel internationally two to three times a year,” said Tom Kent, vice president of marketing at Vayama.com. “We are offering the End of Year promotion to our customers as a way to say thank you and to help them continue on their path of global wanderlust.”

The End of Year promotion is valid for all new round-trip international airfare bookings that originate on Vayama.com and are made between December 27, 2011 and January 2, 2012. In order to be eligible for the $50 travel coupon, customers must sign up to receive the Vayama e-newsletter. Upon validation of the booking, a confirmation email will be delivered with a $50 Promo Booking Code – promotion is limited to one Promo Code per booking and can be used any time from January 1, 2012 through April 30, 2012.

For more information on Vayama’s Year End travel coupon visit http://www.vayama.com/travel-deals/year-end-gift-50-gift-travel-certificate/.

 

About Vayama:

Vayama is an online travel agency uniquely focused on international travel. The company offers travelers a vast selection of flights through its online booking engine that taps into inventory not available on other online travel websites. Launched in 2007, Vayama has continued to expand its online international travel services to include features such as 24/7 customer service, premium economy and discounted hotel rates, activities and car rentals.

For regular Vayama updates, follow us at www.twitter.com/Vayama become a fan on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/VayamaTravel or visit www.Vayama.com.

About Travix International B.V.
Vayama is part of Travix International B.V., a global travel company that manages an extensive portfolio of international travel websites operating under the brands: Vayama (USA, UK & Canada), CheapTickets (Europe & Asia), Vliegwinkel.nl (Netherlands), BudgetAir (The Netherlands, United Kingdom & France) , Flugladen (Germany) and EasyToBook.com ( Worldwide).

Travix operates in 16 countries; employs 430 staff and has combined sales in excess of USD $1.1Billion.

 

 

Vayama Announces “The Ultimate Foodie Getaway Sweepstakes”

Vayama and Dell ™ have Teamed up with QVC® to Give One Lucky Fan the Foodie Vacation of a Lifetime

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (November 18, 2011) – Vayama.com, the online travel agency that specializes in discounted international travel, announced today that it is teaming up with QVC to provide an Italian vacation getaway. The sweepstakes entitled “The Ultimate Foodie Getaway Sweepstakes” will include two round trip tickets to Italy and hotel accommodations along with “foodie” activities. In addition to the Italian vacation, Dell™ will be providing the Grand Prize winner with a 17” Dell Laptop.

“Italy is a country that is rich in culture and history, making it one of the best places in the world for exceptional food,” said Thomas Kent, vice president of marketing for Vayama.com. “Our Italian travel experts here at Vayama have put together a trip that takes you from Rome, which has more than two thousand years of history, to Florence, the mother of the Italian Renaissance and the jewel of Tuscany.”

“Italian food is one of the most popular cuisines in the world and we could not be more excited about offering our QVC foodies a chance to win a trip to Italy,” said David Venable, host of QVC’s In the Kitchen with David™ show.

The Grand Prize includes a seven-day/six-night trip for the winner and one guest to Italy. The trip includes two round-trip tickets to Rome, accommodations at Le Suite di Via Ottaviano Bed and Breakfast in Rome, seven-day car rental and one cooking tour in Florence. The Grand Prize winner will also receive a 17” Dell laptop. See Official Rules for full details.

Four First Prize winners will receive a 17” Dell laptop and a $200 Vayama Travel Voucher to be used towards Alitalia Airlines travel during 2012.

Enter for a chance to win at the following locations: https://www.facebook.com/DavidVenableQVC

https://www.facebook.com/QVC

http://www.qvc.com/qic/qvcapp.aspx/app.html/params.file.|stories|StoriesITKWD20111116,html/left.html.file.|leftnav|StoriesITKWD20111116_nav,html

No purchase necessary.  Void where prohibited.  Must be 21 years or older to enter.

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About Vayama

Vayama is an online travel agency uniquely focused on international travel. The company offers travelers a vast selection of flights through its online booking engine that taps into inventory not available on other online travel websites. Launched in 2007, Vayama has continued to expand its online international travel services to include features such as 24/7 customer service, premium economy and discounted hotel rates, activities and car rentals.

 

For regular Vayama updates, follow us at www.twitter.com/Vayama become a fan on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/VayamaTravel or visit www.Vayama.com.

 

About Travix International B.V.
Vayama is part of Travix International B.V., a global travel company that manages an extensive portfolio of international travel websites operating under the brands: Vayama (USA, UK & Canada), CheapTickets (Europe & Asia), Vliegwinkel.nl (Netherlands), BudgetAir (The Netherlands, United Kingdom & France) , Flugladen (Germany) and EasyToBook.com ( Worldwide).

Travix operates in 16 countries; employs 430 staff and has combined sales in excess of USD $1,1Billion.

About QVC

QVC, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Liberty Interactive Corporation (Nasdaq: LINTA), is one of the largest multimedia retailers in the world. QVC is committed to providing its customers with thousands of the most innovative and contemporary beauty, fashion, jewelry and home products. Its programming is distributed to approximately 195 million homes worldwide. The company’s website, QVC.com, is ranked among the top general merchant Internet sites. With operations in the United Kingdom, Germany, Japan and Italy, West Chester, Pa.-based QVC has shipped more than a billion packages in its 25-year history. QVC, Q, and the Q Ribbon Logo are registered service marks of ER Marks, Inc.

 

 

Vayama Announces One-Stop International Travel Shop with the Addition of 120,000 Hotels in 8000 Different Cities Powered By EasyToBook.com

Travelers Can Now Book International Airfare, Hotel and Activities at Destinations Worldwide on Vayama.com

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – Oct. 4, 2011Vayama.com, the online travel agency that specializes in discounted international travel, announce today that they have added over 120,000 international hotels in 8,000 different cities to their online booking engine through a partnership with EasyToBook.com. This partnership creates a one-stop travel shop for customers as they can now book international airfare, hotel  and activities directly from Vayama.com.

EasyToBook.com is a rapidly growing international hotel booking website that offers detailed descriptions and reservation capabilities for over 120,000 hotels worldwide with weekly travel deals and no booking fee. The company provides the best deals for every traveler’s taste including budget, mid-range and five star luxury hotels.

“Our customers are accustomed to finding the best prices in international airfare so EasyToBook.com’s worldwide hotel offering fit seamlessly with our promise of affordable wanderlust,” said Tom Kent, VP of marketing at Vayama. “This partnership places Vayama in a unique position within the industry as we now offer our customers with a one-stop international travel shop that includes not only the best in international airfare, accommodations and activates worldwide, but also with expert advice and insights to both popular and off the beaten path travel destinations around the globe.”

The EasyToBook.com inventory can now be found on the Hotels tab on the Vayama.com homepage.

About Vayama:

Vayama is an online travel agency uniquely focused on international travel. The company offers travelers a vast selection of flights through its online booking engine that taps into inventory not available on other online travel websites. Launched in 2007, Vayama has continued to expand its online international travel services to include features such as 24/7 customer service, premium economy and discounted hotel rates, activities and car rentals.

For regular Vayama updates, follow us at www.twitter.com/Vayama become a fan on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/VayamaTravel or visit www.Vayama.com.

About Travix International B.V.
Vayama is part of Travix International B.V., a global travel company that manages an extensive portfolio of international travel websites operating under the brands: Vayama (USA, UK & Canada), CheapTickets (Europe & Asia), Vliegwinkel.nl (Netherlands), BudgetAir (The Netherlands, United Kingdom & France) , Flugladen (Germany) and EasyToBook.com ( Worldwide).

Travix operates in 16 countries; employs 430 staff and has combined sales in excess of USD $1.1Billion.

 

 
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