January 06, 2011 11:00 ET and Partner to Launch a Full-Service New Orleans Vacation Booking Site

Online Vacation Site Will Allow Travelers to Plan and Book Trips All in One Place With Expert Insider Information That Travelers Need About New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS, LA--(Marketwire - January 6, 2011) - announced today that it has formed a strategic relationship to re-develop the website using booking and vacation planning technology from the creators of, the world's #1 city travel portal.

Combining the concept of a travel guide created and maintained with the insight of people who live and breathe New Orleans everyday with an online booking agent, is focused on providing visitors to the city an unparalleled content and technology experience to make planning a trip as easy as possible.

From Mardi Gras to the French Quarter, with its famous Bourbon Street, to music festivals and dining, will outline every travel option with a vast array of content supported by photos, video and interactive maps. On the site, travelers will find great deals on hotel stays and air and hotel packages; event information; popular attractions; recommended nightlife and dining options; and more.

"Our partnership with will provide visitors with an improved, interactive look at the city. The stress of planning a vacation will be greatly simplified by this site which will offer an extensive look into where to stay, what not to miss, all while searching based on your specific preferences," said Jim Gibson, president of "We have leveraged our existing technology to ensure that planning a vacation to 'The Big Easy' will be easy indeed."

" is the world leader in technology to support a city travel website. We're thrilled to bring that expertise to our market," said Don Jones, CEO of "Our goal is twofold: provide the visitors to New Orleans with the best possible planning and booking experience and at the same time support our community's important hospitality industry. Our site is 100% dedicated to New Orleans." will host an extensive list of hotels and activities, while maintaining accuracy and impact with its locally created and monitored information. The new design will allow for multiple bookings in a single transaction, promotional rates, and ultimately a full service travel shopping cart. Air and hotel packages will offer service from 1,700 cities worldwide through a global network of 400 airlines. The wide variety of travel options combined with insider knowledge of the city's amazing festivals, world class restaurants, unparalleled music scene, nightlife, and culture will provide a truly one-of-a-kind experience for any traveler looking to visit New Orleans.'s platform and efforts, which now support, include nearly 500 staff members, including bi-lingual 24/7 customer service in English and Spanish, and award-winning marketing and technical teams.

Since its inception in 1995, has primarily been a hospitality portal. Today it generates nearly 3 million unique visitors per year and millions of page views from individuals who are planning to visit the area. When someone plans a trip,, the most intuitive and recognizable web address for this area, is the first place they go to find out where to stay, where to eat and what do to. will continue to provide this valuable service, while raising the bar on the quality and depth of visitor information available on the site.

About is the largest city destination travel website in the world with extensive, constantly updated information and a full range of travel products including hotel rooms, air-hotel packages, show tickets, tours and golf. A state-of-the-art contact center provides customer support, expert information and sales 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to complement the information on,, and, through its Casino Travel & Tours unit, operates retail and concierge desks at more than 50 locations including the Palms, Paris, Harrah's, Bally's, Excalibur, New York-New York, Luxor and more. The company also offers a variety of excursions including city tours, the Hoover Dam and the Grand Canyon. is a member of the Greenspun Family of Companies, privately owned and operating in Southern Nevada for more than 60 years.

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