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Travelocity.com is an American online travel agency. The website is owned by Expedia Group.

History

American Airlines began offering customer access to its electronic reservation system, Sabre, in 1978 to travel agencies, and in the mid-1980s on CompuServe and GEnie to consumers under the "eAAsySabre" brand name.NEWS, Gutis, Philip S.,weblink More Trips Start at a Home Computer, New York Times, 1989-12-23, 2015-06-26, NEWS, Lewis, Peter H.,weblink Booking With a Computer, New York Times, 1992-01-12, 2015-06-26, This service was extended to America Online in the 1990s. The CEO of the eAAsySabre was Kathy Misunas.WEB,weblink The Definitive oral history of online travel, Schaal, Dennis, 2016, Skift, 15 June 2016, Travelocity was created in 1995 through a joint venture between Worldview Systems Corporation and Sabre Holdings. The founding team at Worldview conceived of the idea in 1994 as an extension to their online travel database offering which had been distributed through Sabre, Bloomberg, AOL and many others. The founding team at Worldview joined with distribution partner Sabre in a 50-50 JV that resulted in the development and launch of Travelocity in 1995-1996. The founding members of the Travelocity team, responsible for the conception, development and launch at Worldview were: Steve Baloff (Founder, CEO), Sam Haugh (VP Operations), BD Goel (VP Engineering), Neil Checkoway (VP Marketing), Steve Bengston (VP Business Development), Helen Zia (Editor-in-Chief) and Katherine Chesbrough(CFO). Later in 1996, Worldview's investors (Advanced Publication and Ameritech) sold their stake in Travelocity to a subsidiary of Sabre Holdings and was run by long-time Sabre information technology executive Terry Jones.NEWS,weblink How to innovate: Lessons learned the hard way by Travelocity founder Terry Jones, Sean O'Neill, Tnooz.com, October 18, 2012, As one of the pioneers of web-based disintermediation, Travelocity.com was the first website that allowed consumers the ability to reserve, book, and purchase tickets without the help of a travel agent or broker. In addition to airfares, the site also permits consumers to book hotel rooms, rental cars, cruises and packaged vacations.Travelocity gained popularity after a 1999 partnership with AOL.NEWS,weblink Travelocity, AOL expand partnership, Dennis Schaal, Travel Weekly, April 10, 2006, In 2000, Sabre negotiated a merger of Travelocity with Preview Travel.PRESS RELEASE,weblink Sabre's Travelocity.com and Preview Travel to Merge, Establishing Clear Leader in Online Travel, PRNewswire, October 4, 1999, The resulting company was independently quoted on the NASDAQ exchange, with Sabre continuing to own around 70 percent of the combined company's outstanding stock.In March 2002, Sabre consummated a tender offer for the remainder of the outstanding shares in Travelocity and re-acquired the brand.NEWS,weblink THE MARKETS: Market Place; In trying to acquire all of Travelocity, Sabre finds itself in a struggle to regain what it once had, FLOYD NORRIS, New York Times, March 7, 2002, Jones left the company shortly afterward, in May 2002.NEWS,weblink More Travelocity execs say bon voyage, Greg Sandoval, CNET, May 9, 2002, In March 2002, Travelocity acquired last minute travel specialist Site59.com.NEWS,weblink Travelocity.com Agrees to Buy Rival Site59.com for $43 Million, KORTNEY STRINGER, Wall Street Journal, March 26, 2002, The CEO and founder of Site59, Michelle Peluso, joined Travelocity with the acquisition as senior vice president, product strategy and distribution. Peluso became Travelocity’s COO in April 2003 and was then named president and chief executive officer of Travelocity in December 2003. Many members of Peluso’s former management team at Site59 were appointed to senior management positions at Travelocity including Jeffrey Glueck (Chief Marketing Officer), Tracey Weber (President, North America), Josh Hartmann (Chief Technology Officer) and Jonathan Perkel (Senior Vice President and General Counsel).NEWS,weblink Travelocity restructures with a global focus, Dennis Schaal, Travel Weekly, January 20, 2009, In 2004, Travelocity introduced an advertising campaign known as "Where Is My Gnome?".NEWS,weblink Gnome Is Where the Heart Is, Seth Stevenson, Slate (magazine), Slate, February 16, 2004, In 2005, Travelocity acquired lastminute.com for £577 million.NEWS,weblink Travelocity buys Lastminute.com for £577m, Tim Richardson, The Register, 12 May 2005, The acquisition included allhotels.com, which was founded in 1997 by Richard Irwin, acquired by Online Travel Corporation (OTC) in 2002 for £1.4 million,WEB,weblink Online Travel Corporation (OTC) Buys All-Hotels, Hospitalitynet.org, 24 September 2002, and later acquired by lastminute.com in 2004.WEB,weblink Travelocity revs up allhotels as an answer to Priceline in Europe, Asia, Latin America, Tnooz.com, April 30, 2010, In January 2009, CEO Michelle Peluso announced her resignation and was replaced by Sabre executive Hugh Jones.WEB,weblink New CEO at Travelocity, Trebor Banstetter, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, January 7, 2009, In April 2011, president and CEO Hugh Jones moved to a position at Sabre and Gilt Groupe president Carl Sparks was brought in as president and CEO of Travelocity. Sparks had been general manager of Hotels.com and was previously chief marketing officer of Expedia.WEB,weblink Travelocity replaces CEO with former Hotels.com exec, Tnooz.com, April 4, 2011, In December 2012, Travelocity sold Zuji to Webjet for $25 million.WEB,weblink Travelocity sells Asia-Pacific agency Zuji to Webjet for $25 million, Kevin May, Tnooz.com, December 12, 2012, In June 2013, Travelocity Business, a corporate travel agency, was sold to Atlanta, Georgia-based BCD Travel.PRESS RELEASE,weblink BCD Travel acquires Travelocity Business from Travelocity, BCD Travel, June 18, 2013, In August 2013, Expedia Inc. announced an agreement with Travelocity to power its United States and Canadian websites.WEB,weblink Expedia to provide key services for rival Travelocity, Charisse Jones, 23 August 2013, USA Today, 2015-06-26, In November 2013, Travelocity shut down its IgoUgo website.WEB,weblink RIP IgoUgo - the review site Travelocity wanted to compete with TripAdvisor, Tnooz.com, November 19, 2013, In May 2014, CEO Carl Sparks stepped down from his position as CEO of Travelocity.WEB,weblink Has CEO Carl Sparks ended his trip with Travelocity?, 8 May 2014, Dallas Business Journal, 2015-06-26, After the departure of Sparks, Roshan Mendis, President of Travelocity was named to manage operations of Travelocity's operations in the Americas, while Matthew Crummack, CEO of lastminute.com was named to manage operations in Europe.In December 2014, Travelocity sold lastminute.com to Swiss-based Bravofly Rumbo for £76 million.NEWS, Lastminute.com sold to Swiss travel firm in £76m deal,weblink BBC, 16 December 2014, In January 2015, Travelocity was sold by Sabre Corporation to Expedia, Inc. for $280 million.WEB, Dastin, Jeffrey,weblink Expedia Inc acquires Travelocity in $280 million deal, Reuters, 23 January 2015, 23 January 2015, NEWS,weblink Expedia Buys Travelocity for $280 Million in Cash, Michael J. De La Merced, The New York Times, 23 January 2015, NEWS,weblink Expedia Has Acquired Travelocity For $280 Million In Cash, Amit Chowdhry, Forbes Magazine, 25 January 2015, NEWS,weblink Expedia buys rival Travelocity for $280 million, Javier Panzar, Los Angeles Times, 23 January 2015, In November 2015, Travelocity hired Assembly in New York to handle US media. Until then, media had been handled by Publics Groupe's Zenith Media.WEB, Gianatasio, David, Travelocity Hires a New Media Agency to Crack the Code Around Millennials,weblink AdWeek, 6 November 2015, In December 2015, Travelocity relaunched its Travel for Good program that offers a $5,000 grant for a selected volunteer to participate in volunteer travel programs with various nonprofit organizations, including Habitat for Humanity, Globe Aware, and the American Hiking Society.PRESS RELEASE,weblink Travelocity Relaunches Travel for Good Grant Program for "Voluntourist" Hopefuls, PRNewswire, September 21, 2015, In February 2016, Travelocity launched its new Wander Wisely advertising campaign featuring the Roaming Gnome and the Travelocity Customer First Guarantee. The tagline was also changed from "Go and Smell the Roses" to "Wander Wisely."

Controversies

In July 2012, the U.S. Department of Transportation fined Travelocity $180,000 after discovering that Travelocity’s “flexible dates tool” did not always include fuel surcharges that were part of many international airfares in violation of the Department’s rules requiring all carrier-imposed surcharges and fees to be included in every advertised fare. In addition, the DOT found that the customer was informed only on the final page before purchasing the ticket that some itineraries required a paper ticket with a minimum additional delivery fee of $29.95.WEB,weblink DOT Fines Travelocity for Violating DOT Price Advertising Rule, Department of Transportation, July 27, 2012, In August 2012, Travelocity faced a viral controversy when it offered a $200 coupon code to attendees at the National Federation of the Blind annual conference in Dallas. After the NFB posted the code on Twitter without mentioning the attendee restriction, Travelocity re-tweeted it without noticing the error but deleted the tweet a day later. After some travel blogs and message boards resposted the code, many ineligible travelers used the code.WEB,weblink Travelocity NFB dispute, Michelle Deal-Zimmerman, 10 August 2012, Baltimore Sun, 2015-06-26, Travelocity responded by cancelling all trips that used the code who weren't on the list of attendees at the NFB annual conference. This resulted in a barrage of complaints from customers angry to see their trips suddenly cancelled.WEB,weblink Good Deed Gone Viral Creates Web Headache for Travelocity, Danielle Kurtzleben, US News & World Report, 2015-06-26,

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