SOURCE: Global Travel International

October 12, 2006 11:54 ET

Marriott International and Global Travel International Form New Partnership

ORLANDO, FL -- (MARKET WIRE) -- October 12, 2006 -- Global Travel International, Inc. (GTI) and have announced a new relationship with Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) after several months of discussions and negotiations between the two.

"GTI has delivered on the vision and promise they first presented to us," said Fred Miller, CTC and vice president for Global Sales for Marriott International. "We are extremely pleased with the results of their new business model and look forward to a long and mutually profitable relationship," added Mr. Miller.

Michael Gross, President and CEO of GTI and, said, "Fortunately, as a result of our planned enhancements, we've been able to align ourselves fairly well with Marriott and their stringent standards to really see an opportunity for our agents to increase their commissions with the Marriott brand. We made program changes to give our agents a career path that includes increased earnings, greater access to marketing, training and support services and advanced technology that really pushes our preferred suppliers," added Gross.

Earlier this year GTI set out to develop a preferred supplier program to really focus its independent travel agents on select brands. "Late in 2005, we began testing a supplier blitz program through a fully integrated marketing campaign to see just how much share our agents would shift. We were blown away by the results," said Gross. GTI intends to use this marketing model to support its new preferred supplier program.

GTI is planning to introduce its preferred suppliers at Travelpalooza™, its annual independent travel agent conference being held in Las Vegas, December 3rd-5th at the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino.

About Global Travel International

Global Travel International (GTI) and pioneered the home-based Independent Travel Agent model in the U.S. and currently has more than 35,000 Agents. Specializing in cruises, vacation packages and group travel, GTI is a privately-owned company that invests heavily in training, technology and marketing to equip its Agents with the competitive resources necessary to successfully operate their own home-based travel businesses. By joining GTI, experienced travel agents can focus on selling travel and building their businesses without the burden or cost of a traditional storefront agency. Whether full- or part-time, experienced or beginner, GTI supports its Agents with a team of more than 100 professional support personnel located at GTI's headquarters in Maitland, Florida. Now in its 12th year, GTI is the world's largest Independent Travel Agent network, generating over $125 million in annual revenue. GTI is a member of and/or accredited with the following organizations, ARTA, CLIA, ARC and IATAN. For more information on GTI, visit

MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL, INC. (NYSE: MAR) is a leading lodging company with nearly 2,800 lodging properties in the United States and 67 other countries and territories. Marriott International operates and franchises hotels under the Marriott, JW Marriott, The Ritz-Carlton, Renaissance, Residence Inn, Courtyard, TownePlace Suites, Fairfield Inn, SpringHill Suites and Bulgari brand names; develops and operates vacation ownership resorts under the Marriott Vacation Club International, Horizons, The Ritz-Carlton Club and Grand Residences by Marriott brands; operates Marriott Executive Apartments; provides furnished corporate housing through its Marriott ExecuStay division; and operates conference centers and golf courses. The company is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and had approximately 143,000 employees at 2005 year-end. It is ranked as the lodging industry's most admired company and one of the best places to work for by FORTUNE®. The company is also a 2006 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ENERGY STAR® Partner. In fiscal year 2005, Marriott International reported sales from continuing operations of $11.6 billion. For more information or reservations, please visit our web site at

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