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The Original Experienced-based OTA, Reserve Direct, Consolidates; Rebrands as Tripster

New Brand Aligns with Company’s Focus on Experience-Based Travel

Saint Louis, MO – Reserve Direct, an online travel agency (OTA) specializing in tours and activities in over 20 destinations across the U.S. and Canada, announced effective May 1, 2019 that the company is operating under a new name—Tripster. The new brand better relates its services to make experience-based travel simple and affordable to its 1.2m+ customers that use their websites to plan, book and review more than 1,400 experiences over the past 18 years.

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“We are truly excited to be at this moment,” said John Johnson, CEO and President of Tripster.  “When it all began, I’m not certain we envisioned the growth we’ve experienced,” continued Johnson.  He added, “We are grateful for our travel supplier partnerships and equally grateful that we’ve been able to build something that, as Tripsters ourselves, helps travelers make the most of their trips, big or small.”

Up until now, the company operated independent destination websites for every market they promoted, including websites like Reserve Branson (the company’s original destination), Reserve Orlando, Reserve Pigeon Forge, and Reserve San Diego, among its 20+ additional destinations, each featuring exclusive content and products.  The content is now consolidated into a single platform under one national brand with newly added features to search and discover more experiences.

When Johnson founded the company in 2001, they were one of the first to provide the tour and activity market with an extranet-based inventory and rate management system, whereby amusement parks, theater shows, outdoor adventure, museums, and the like could directly manage and distribute their products through the company’s B2C destination websites.  Since then, their system has evolved to address the multitude of complex variables related to the booking of hundreds of different types of activities.

The tour and activity segment itself has become an industry buzz in the past few years. With the acquisition of Viator by TripAdvisor (founded only one year ahead of Reserve Direct) and new companies that have come into the space such as GetYourGuide (2008), Musement (2013), and more recently Tiqets (2014), Tripster looks to place themselves within that same conversation.

Over their history, the company has also worked to develop the connectivity to work with its over 2,000 domestic travel partners.  From hotel channel management systems such as Sabre Synxis, TravelClick, and SiteMinder, to ticketing platforms for tours & activities like FareHarbor, Rezdy, Gateway, and Omni Ticket, the company makes the order process dynamic for both suppliers and travelers.

Tripster also provides a white label platform, giving its partners the ability to bundle area activities and/or hotels in a variety of ways. And because the white labels are designed with the partners’ brand, they can sell vacation packages, post-purchase product upsells, all while adding value for their own customers without investing in their own ecommerce solutions. This has been especially successful with its travel suppliers in markets where they can bundle their own products with other area experiences.

To date, the company has processed over $350 million in domestic, experience-based travel.  This equates to more than 1.8m individual bookings for travel products from upwards of 220,000 purchases annually.  With year over year gross bookings growth and the third year in a row of more than 15% growth in both orders and revenue, 2018 marked the company’s best year to date by exceeding $41m in gross sales.

ABOUT TRIPSTER
Tripster is wholly-owned and operated by Reserve Direct, Inc., a private, Nevada-based corporation.  Founded in 2001, the company promotes and sells travel products in over 20 different markets across the U.S. and Canada.  The company has offices in St Louis and Branson, Missouri with over 40 employees.

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Tripster Receives Feefo Gold Trusted Service Award 2019

Saint Louis, Missouri – February 12, 2019 Tripster has won the Feefo Gold Service award, an independent seal of excellence that recognizes businesses for delivering exceptional experiences, as rated by real customers.

Created by Feefo, Trusted Service is awarded only to those businesses that use Feefo to collect genuine reviews and insights. Those that meet the high standard, based on the number of reviews they have collected, and their average rating, receive the award. A badge of honor, this accreditation remains unique, as it is based purely on the interactions with real customers. As all reviews are verified as genuine, the accreditation is a true reflection of a business’ commitment to outstanding service.

Tripster met the criteria of collecting at least 50 reviews between January 1st, 2018 and December 31st, 2018, with a Feefo service rating of between 4.5 and 5.0.

John Johnson, President of Tripster, commented: “We’re thrilled to receive this award from Feefo. It recognizes how hard we’ve been working to give great experiences to all our customers, who are the most important judges of what we do. We’re committed to delivering the highest quality of service, so it’s important for us to listen, understand and respond to all our customers. Feefo enabled us to consistently improve throughout 2018 and now we’re looking forward to another successful year ahead.”

Congratulating Tripster on winning this year’s award, Matt West, CEO at Feefo, commented: “The Trusted Service award has always been about recognizing those companies that excel beyond the norm. This year we’ve seen many remarkable businesses leveraging the full potential of Feefo to provide outstanding levels of experience for their customers – and rightly being awarded our most prestigious accreditation. I’m looking forward to the continual success of the businesses that work in partnership with us throughout 2019.”

Feefo is a reviews and customer insights technology company that provides businesses with the tools to collect real, purchase-verified reviews and insights. Working with over 3,500 clients, Feefo ensures that all feedback is authentic, by matching it to a legitimate transaction, in order to increase consumer confidence and enable businesses to make smarter business decisions.

About Tripster

Since 2001, Tripster has provided more than 3 million travelers with travel planning and reservation services for ticketed events, world-renowned theme parks, area attractions, tours, theatrical shows, as well as hotels and lodging in 20 destinations across the country. Using a proprietary booking engine, Tripster customers can access first-hand content and reviews to plan, customize, and book entire vacations within a single transaction. In addition, the Company also provides reservation and packaging fulfillment services for destination marketing organizations and travel suppliers through white label versions of their system.Tripster is based in St. Louis MO and currently operates dedicated destination websites in Branson, MO; Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, TN; Myrtle Beach, SC; Williamsburg, VA; New York, NY; San Diego, San Francisco and Los Angeles, CA; Chicago, IL; Las Vegas, NV; the Hawaiian Islands; Washington, D.C.; Tampa, St. Augustine and Orlando, FL; San Antonio, TX; Sandusky, OH; Charlotte, NC; and Toronto.

About Feefo

Feefo is a disruptive global technology company empowering brands to make smarter decisions and improve consumer experiences by leveraging the full potential of real customer reviews.

Feefo’s cutting-edge review platform is trusted by more than 3,500 brands including Next, Vauxhall, Expedia, JCB and Thomas Cook, who rely on it to supply smart insights that transform their ability to market, sell and build more rewarding relationships with customers.

A trusted partner of Google, Feefo’s technology and consultancy team possess unique expertise and business insight, enabling brands to employ cutting-edge innovation that optimizes the delivery of digital marketing and advertising.

Please visit: www.feefo.com

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Reserve Direct & Walt Disney World Launch Varied Rate Tickets

Saint Louis, Missouri – November 6, 2018   October 12th, 2018, Walt Disney World introduced a completely new ticketing strategy centered on date specific, varied pricing for admission to their Orlando theme parks.  Along with that strategy came a new ticketing platform designed to manage the new pricing scheme, as well as their third-party distribution. As a leading Walt Disney World reseller, Reserve Direct was selected to simultaneously launch the new varied rate strategy and ticketing system for its consumers and white label partners.

In part, the goal to this ticketing strategy is to encourage consumers to attend the parks during lower traffic days of the week or less busy times of the year. As a result, tickets themselves are no longer valid for entry any time but rather for specific dates of use enabling the park to gauge park traffic in advance and potentially steer guests to lower attendance dates.  This, of course, makes buying tickets less flexible and a bit more complex.

Reserve Direct, a partner of Walt Disney World for over 10 years, is one of the limited resell partners to adopt this new technology, launching in tandem with the Park’s official introduction.  A technology-focused destination booking engine, Reserve Direct features Walt Disney World on its site, ReserveOrlando.com, and on over 50 white labels where the product is packaged with local hotels and other area activities and attractions.  

“It’s an exciting concept offering per day, varied pricing for a theme park.,” stated John Johnson, CEO and President of Reserve Direct.  “And, while it was no small undertaking technology-wise, we were excited to be a part of it from inception through its launch. Our consumers and just as importantly, our white label partners, didn’t skip a beat in the transition.”

About Reserve Direct

Since 2001, Reserve Direct has provided more than 3 million travelers with travel planning and reservation services for ticketed events, world-renowned theme parks, area attractions, tours, theatrical shows, as well as hotels and lodging in 20 destinations across the country. Using a proprietary booking engine, Reserve Direct customers can access first-hand content and reviews to plan, customize, and book entire vacations within a single transaction. In addition, the Company also provides reservation and packaging fulfillment services for destination marketing organizations and travel suppliers through white label versions of their system. Reserve Direct is based in St. Louis MO and currently operates dedicated destination websites in Branson, MO; Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, TN; Myrtle Beach, SC; Williamsburg, VA; New York, NY; San Diego, San Francisco and Los Angeles, CA; Chicago, IL; Las Vegas, NV; the Hawaiian Islands; Washington, D.C.; Tampa, St. Augustine and Orlando, FL; San Antonio, TX; Sandusky, OH; Charlotte, NC; and Toronto.

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Reserve Direct Expands Hotel Connectivity with SiteMinder

Saint Louis, Missouri – September 13, 2018 – Direct, an online travel agency featuring over 2,000 shows, attractions, theme parks, activities, tours and hotel packages in 20 destinations throughout the United States and Canada, today announced a partnership with SiteMinder, the global hotel industry’s leading cloud platform.

The partnership will allow hotel users of SiteMinder’s platform to incorporate Reserve Direct into their online distribution strategies and tap into the 2.5 million travelers that plan their vacations with Reserve Direct each year. It will also provide a two-way connection between their hotel management system and their account with Reserve Direct so they can seamlessly manage their dynamic online rates, inventory and reservations in real-time.

“SiteMinder has built a strong presence in markets we have been serving for over a decade,” states John Johnson, CEO of Reserve Direct. “In some markets, nearly 30 percent of our existing hotel relationships have migrated to a SiteMinder solution as they look to minimize the effort of managing their online presence. This partnership with SiteMinder is important for us to not only maintain those relationships but to also grow in new markets.”

Founded in 2006, SiteMinder offers a cloud-based platform used by more than 30,000 hotels to acquire guests from across the globe. Incorporating solutions from channel management to direct bookings, GDS connectivity and pricing intelligence, 2017 saw SiteMinder’s platform generate more than 72 million reservations worth $21 billion in hotel revenue.

Matt Klugman, Director of Sales & Marketing for Vacation Myrtle Beach, which operates 14 popular resorts throughout the Myrtle Beach area, says, “We are excited that Reserve Direct now has a connection with SiteMinder, and we have a seamless booking process that reduces the burden on our staff considerably. This allows us to continually be up-to-date and ultimately book more business.”

About Reserve Direct

Since 2001, Reserve Direct has provided more than 3 million travelers with travel planning and reservation services for ticketed events, world-renowned theme parks, area attractions, tours, theatrical shows, as well as hotels and lodging in 20 destinations across the country. Using a proprietary booking engine, Reserve Direct customers can access first-hand content and reviews to plan, customize, and book entire vacations within a single transaction. In addition, the Company also provides reservation and packaging fulfillment services for destination marketing organizations and travel suppliers through white label versions of their system. Reserve Direct is based in St. Louis MO and currently operates dedicated destination websites in Branson, MO; Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, TN; Myrtle Beach, SC; Williamsburg, VA; New York, NY; San Diego, San Francisco and Los Angeles, CA; Chicago, IL; Las Vegas, NV; the Hawaiian Islands; Washington, D.C.; Tampa, St. Augustine and Orlando, FL; San Antonio, TX; Sandusky, OH; Charlotte, NC; and Toronto.

About SiteMinder

As the leading cloud platform for hotels, SiteMinder allows hotels to attract, reach and convert guests across the globe. We serve hotels of all sizes with award-winning solutions for independents and groups alike, wherever they are in the world.

SiteMinder’s products include The Channel Manager, the industry’s leading online distribution platform; TheBookingButton, a wholly-branded booking engine for direct bookings via the web, mobile or social; Canvas, the intelligent website creator for independent hoteliers; Prophet, the real-time market intelligence solution that takes the guesswork out of pricing rooms; and GDS by SiteMinder, a single point of entry to a six-figure network of travel agents and the world’s major global distribution systems. With more than 30,000 hotel customers and 600 of the industry’s top connectivity providers as our partners, today we have a presence in more than 160 countries on six continents. For more information, visit www.siteminder.com.

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Reserve Direct Launches First International Market in Toronto

Saint Louis, Missouri – June 19, 2018 – Reserve Direct, Inc., a provider of tickets for theme parks, shows, attractions, tours, and hotels for over 16 years, announced the addition of another popular travel destination in Toronto, the capital of Ontario (http://www.reservedirect.com/ca/toronto). Toronto is the company’s second new travel destination to launch in 2018, and the first international destination for the United States-based company.

With a location on Lake Ontario’s northwestern shore, Toronto serves as the capital of Ontario and offers a dynamic mix of things to do for visitors. This thriving metropolis features the soaring CN Tower, the 400-acre High Park, family-friendly attractions like Canada’s Wonderland, Ripley’s Aquarium and the Toronto Zoo as well as nearby Niagara Falls. In addition, this tourism destination is notable for its numerous museums, historic sites, sports activities and entertainment opportunities.

In 2017, the destination welcomed more than 43 million visitors and more than 15 million overnight guests. Both of these figures shattered previous records, indicating Toronto is capturing the attention of travelers worldwide. With that in mind, Reserve Direct aims to serve those travelers’ needs by focusing on seamless, convenient access to Toronto vacation packages, attraction tickets, hotels and more.

“Toronto is a vibrant destination that appears to be poised for continued tourism growth,” said John Johnson, CEO of Reserve Direct.  “Expanding upon our existing relationships, such as Ripley’s Aquariums and Cedar Fair’s Canada’s Wonderland among others was a natural fit for Reserve Direct.  We anticipate similar success in Toronto as we’ve had in the States. Combining these tickets with hotels makes for ease of booking and compelling value.”

Toronto joins 19 other prominent United States travel destinations in Reserve Direct’s growing portfolio. Reserve Direct’s websites provide travelers an easy-to-use booking solution for attraction and show tickets, hotels, and vacation packages. The company’s proprietary reservation and ticketing engines offer customers a single source for vacation planning and custom package creation for additional savings.

The launch of the Toronto market continues Reserve Direct’s mission of providing quality vacation experiences to travelers the world over.

About Reserve Direct

Since 2001, Reserve Direct has provided more than 3 million travelers with travel planning and reservation services for ticketed events, world-renowned theme parks, area attractions, tours, theatrical shows, as well as hotels and lodging in 20 destinations across the country. Using a proprietary booking engine, Reserve Direct customers can access first-hand content and reviews to plan, customize, and book entire vacations within a single transaction. In addition, the Company also provides reservation and packaging fulfillment services for destination marketing organizations and travel suppliers through white label versions of their system. Reserve Direct is based in St. Louis MO and currently operates dedicated destination websites in Branson, MO; Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, TN; Myrtle Beach, SC; Williamsburg, VA; New York, NY; San Diego, San Francisco and Los Angeles, CA; Chicago, IL; Las Vegas, NV; the Hawaiian Islands; Washington, D.C.; Tampa, St. Augustine and Orlando, FL; San Antonio, TX; Sandusky, OH; Charlotte, NC; and Toronto.

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Reserve Direct Extends Partnership with SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment to San Antonio, Texas

Saint Louis, Missouri – May 24, 2018 –  Reserve Direct, Inc., a provider of affordable tickets to theme parks, shows, activities, attractions, and hotels for over 16 years, has extended its partnership with SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment™ with the addition of SeaWorld San Antonio (http://www.reservedirect.com/us/san-antonio) to their destination portfolio.

SeaWorld Orlando has been a partner of Reserve Direct with Reserve Orlando since 2007 while SeaWorld San Diego launched on Reserve San Diego in 2013.  With the addition of San Antonio’s park, Reserve Direct now sells tickets to all SeaWorld Theme Parks® throughout the United States.

SeaWorld San Antonio is a 250-acre marine mammal park, oceanarium, and animal theme park that has been welcoming guests for almost 30 years. While the San Antonio location is the newest of the SeaWorld parks it does hold the distinction of being the largest of all the parks. Likewise, it is the world’s largest marine-life theme park. Annually, the park has an attendance rate of over 2.6 million visitors.

In addition, the park has a strong focus on conservation and education efforts which can be seen through their Park to Planet initiative. For more than 50 years, rescue and rehabilitation programs have been the primary focus of the parks. To further these goals, SeaWorld Theme Parks® has devoted a portion of tickets sales to conservation efforts as well as programs designed to inspire others to take action and join the efforts.

“We’re proud to expand our partnership with SeaWorld to their San Antonio park,” said John Johnson, President of Reserve Direct. “Our model, which allows vacationers to pair park tickets with area lodging for added value, has proven to be successful in San Diego and Orlando.  We are excited about now adding San Antonio to that collection.”

SeaWorld San Antonio joins a strong line-up of theme park partners for Reserve Direct, who also offer online ticket sales for amusement parks such as Walt Disney World®, Universal Orlando Resort™, Busch Gardens®, Knott’s Berry Farm and others.

About Reserve Direct

Since 2001, Reserve Direct has provided more than 3 million travelers with travel planning and reservation services for ticketed events, world-renowned theme parks, area attractions, tours, theatrical shows, as well as hotels and lodging in 17 destinations across the country. Using a proprietary booking engine, Reserve Direct customers can access first-hand content and reviews to plan, customize, and book entire vacations within a single transaction. In addition, the Company also provides reservation and packaging fulfillment services for destination marketing organizations and travel suppliers through white label versions of their system. Reserve Direct is based in St. Louis MO and currently operates dedicated destination websites in Branson, MO; Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, TN; Myrtle Beach, SC; Williamsburg, VA; New York, NY; San Diego, San Francisco and Los Angeles, CA; Chicago, IL; Las Vegas, NV; the Hawaiian Islands; Tampa, St. Augustine and Orlando, FL.

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Reserve Direct Launches First New Market of 2018 with Washington D.C

New Dawn over Washington

Saint Louis, Missouri – February 22, 2018 – Reserve Direct, Inc., a provider of tickets and reservations for theme parks, shows, attractions, tours, and hotels for over 16 years, announced the addition of another popular travel destination, Reserve Washington D.C. (http://www.reservewashingtondc.com/) today. Reserve Washington D.C. is the company’s first new travel destination to launch in 2018.

With monuments, memorials, and museums, as well as cultural pursuits and entertaining attractions, Washington D.C., is truly a unique tourist destination. Notable things to do include visiting the Lincoln Memorial, Smithsonian Museum, Washington Monument and U.S. Capitol. In addition, the city is well-known for its award-winning restaurants and outdoor pursuits.

Annually, the destination welcomes more than 22 million visitors from across the globe. Washington D.C., which is TripAdvisor’s 12th most popular U.S. travel destination, boasts a plethora of activities for domestic and international travelers. As such, Reserve Washington D.C, will focus on providing those travelers with seamless, convenient access to Washington D.C. vacation packages, attraction passes, hotels and more.

“With our continuing evolution into the tour and activity market, D.C. represents the next great fit for our business model,” said John Johnson, President and CEO of Reserve Direct.  “Bundling the many experiences this destination has to offer with a trendy hotel to complete a vacation package, visitors can now use our efficient booking tools to get the most out of their trip to our Nation’s capital.”

Reserve Washington D.C. joins 16 other prominent United States travel destinations in Reserve Direct’s growing portfolio. Reserve Direct’s websites provide travelers an easy-to-use booking solution for attraction and show tickets, hotels, and vacation packages. The company’s proprietary reservation and ticketing engines offer customers a single source for vacation planning and custom package creation for additional savings.

The launch of the Washington D.C market continues Reserve Direct’s guarantee of providing quality vacation experiences to travelers the world over.

About Reserve Direct
Since 2001, Reserve Direct has provided more than 3 million travelers with travel planning and reservation services for ticketed events, world-renowned theme parks, area attractions, tours, theatrical shows, as well as hotels and lodging in 17 destinations across the country. Using a proprietary booking engine, Reserve Direct customers can access first-hand content and reviews to plan, customize, and book entire vacations within a single transaction. In addition, the Company also provides reservation and packaging fulfillment services for destination marketing organizations and travel suppliers through white label versions of their system. Reserve Direct is based in St. Louis MO and currently operates dedicated destination websites in Branson, MO; Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, TN; Myrtle Beach, SC; Williamsburg, VA; New York, NY; San Diego, San Francisco and Los Angeles, CA; Chicago, IL; Las Vegas, NV; the Hawaiian Islands; Tampa, St. Augustine and Orlando, FL.

 

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Reserve Direct, Inc. Launches 16th Destination Site, ReserveTampa.com

Tampa, Florida Becomes the 3rd Destination launch for Reserve Direct’s Fast-Growing Network in 2017.

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Saint Louis, Missouri – November 3, 2017 – Reserve Direct, Inc., a provider of tickets and reservations for theme parks, shows, attractions, tours, and hotels, announced the addition of another major travel destination, Reserve Tampa (www.reservetampa.com,) today. Reserve Tampa joins Reserve Las Vegas and Reserve San Francisco as the company’s third national travel market launched in 2017.

In 2016, Tampa Bay welcomed a record-shattering 22.6 million visitors with an average of 9 million overnight guests which accounted for $6 billion of tourism revenue for the city’s economy.  Tampa Bay is categorized as a “national market” by Reserve Direct, and one of the Company’s eight national markets in its network of destinations throughout the United States. Reserve Direct’s destination-specific travel websites and proprietary reservation and ticketing engines provide customers with a complete, singular source for vacation planning, direct bookings and tickets, package creation, and cost savings.

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“As the company’s newest market addition, Reserve Tampa extends our product and service offerings to our growing consumer base,” John Johnson, CEO and President said. “Our travelers are looking for new and fun destinations to explore, and Tampa features some great experiences, which is what vacation, and Reserve Direct, is all about.”  

Reserve Tampa customers now have access to discounted tickets for Tampa’s leading destinations such as Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, The Florida Aquarium, and TreeUmph! Adventure Course.  Reserve Tampa also facilitates vacation planning by providing customers additional savings when they bundle their tickets and hotels together.  And, visitors can learn more about Tampa’s activities, hotels, and attractions through the company’s Travel Guides packed with tips, tricks, and ideas for saving more money and planning the perfect vacation.

About Reserve Direct
Since 2001, Reserve Direct has provided more than 3 million travelers with travel planning and reservation services for ticketed events, world-renowned theme parks, area attractions, tours, theatrical shows, as well as hotels and lodging in 16 destinations across the country. Using a proprietary booking engine, Reserve Direct customers can access first-hand content and reviews to plan, customize, and book entire vacations within a single transaction. In addition, the Company also provides reservation and packaging fulfillment services for destination marketing organizations and travel suppliers through white label versions of their system. Reserve Direct is based in St. Louis MO and currently operates dedicated destination websites in Branson, MO; Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, TN; Myrtle Beach, SC; Williamsburg, VA; New York, NY; San Diego, San Francisco and Los Angeles, CA; Chicago, IL; Las Vegas, NV; the Hawaiian Islands; St. Augustine, Tampa and Orlando, FL.

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Reserve Direct Continues Growth With Launch Of Reserve Las Vegas

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Saint Louis, Missouri – August 30, 2017 – Reserve Direct, Inc., providing travelers with affordable tickets to theme parks, shows, activities,  attractions, and hotels for 16 years, announced the launch of Reserve Las Vegas (www.reservelasvegas.com) today. This announcement marks the company’s second major market launch of 2017, following its launch of Reserve San Francisco earlier in the year.

Boasting world-renowned entertainment, gaming, resorts, and dining, Las Vegas was ranked as the 5th most popular United States destination by TripAdvisor and welcomes more than 43 million visitors annually. Reserve Las Vegas is delighted to help visitors plan their Vegas vacations by offering reservations and tickets for popular shows such as Cirque du Soleil and Magic Mike, and attractions including Madame Tussauds and Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. In addition, Reserve Las Vegas customers can book their stay at iconic Las Vegas hotels such as the Bellagio, Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, and more. Reserve Las Vegas also supplies Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam outdoor adventure reservations for those looking for an escape from the bustling city.

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“As much as every market we serve is unique, Las Vegas, with its variety of show and attraction products, is a perfect fit for our business model and technology,” said John Johnson, President and CEO of Reserve Direct. “We make it easy to combine show and activity tickets with hotels—your whole vacation—all while saving extra from bundling them together.”     

Reserve Las Vegas joins 14 other prominent United States travel destinations in Reserve Direct’s growing portfolio. Reserve Direct’s destination-specific websites provide travelers an easy-to-use booking solution for attraction and show tickets, hotels, and vacation packages.. The company’s proprietary reservation and ticketing engines offer customers a single source for vacation planning and custom package creation for additional savings.

The launch of Reserve Las Vegas is a testament to Reserve Direct’s growth and dedication to travelers over the past 16 years.

About Reserve Direct
Since 2001, Reserve Direct has provided more than 3 million travelers with travel planning and reservation services for ticketed events, world-renowned theme parks, area attractions, tours, theatrical shows, as well as hotels and lodging in 15+ destinations across the country. Using a proprietary booking engine, Reserve Direct customers can access first-hand content and reviews to plan, customize, and book entire vacations within a single transaction. In addition, the Company also provides reservation and packaging fulfillment services for destination marketing organizations and travel suppliers through white label versions of their system. Reserve Direct is based in St. Louis MO and currently operates dedicated destination websites in Branson, MO; Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, TN; Myrtle Beach, SC; Williamsburg, VA; New York, NY; San Diego, San Francisco and Los Angeles, CA; Chicago, IL; Las Vegas, NV; the Hawaiian Islands; St. Augustine and Orlando, FL.

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Reserve Direct, Inc. Second Quarter 2017 Sales Increased 13.3% to $10.5 Million vs. 2Q2016

Reserve Direct Additionally Reported a Record Sales Month in July 2017

St. Louis, Missouri – August 16, 2017 Reserve Direct, Inc. providing travelers with tickets to theme parks, shows, tours, activities, and attractions bundled with hotels for 14 vacation markets in the U.S., today announced the Company’s second quarter and first half 2017 sales results. The Company also reported sales for the month of July, the peak month of the travel industry’s summer vacation season and a record sales month in Reserve Direct’s 15 years of operations. Summer season travel is a recognized indicator of the strength of the sector and key indicator for Reserve Direct’s sales performance and marketing initiatives.

For the three months ending June 30th, 2017, Reserve Direct recorded $10.5 million in revenue, a 13.3% increase versus the same period last year. Contributing to the increase in revenue includes maturation of markets launched over the last 12-18 months, increase in organic traffic and “Bundle it!”—a feature that provides price breaks for customers that combine their tickets with hotels in a single purchase.

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For the six-month period ended June 30, 2017, Reserve Direct’s first-half revenue increased 6.3%, to $16.6 million, versus the same period in 2016. The Company’s revenue growth was attributed to a 9.25% increase in orders to 66,363, versus 60,746 for the same period in 2016.

For the three and six-month period ended June 30, 2017 and June 30, 2016

(in $ dollars) 2Q2017 2Q2016 % 1H2017 1H2016 %
Hotel Bookings $1,860,372 $2,128,764 -12.6% $3,303,700 $3,621,793 -8.7%
Events & Shows Ticketing $2,322,935 $2,097,960 10.7% $3,705,763 $3,439,849 7.7%
Attractions & Tours Ticketing $6,230,861 $5,040,443 19.1% $9,590,379 $8,480,785 11.5%
TOTALS $10,504,168 $9,267,167 13.3% $16,599,842 $15,542,427 6.3%

Reserve Direct’s July 2017 Sales Increase a Record 24% Year-Over-Year
The month of July marks the peak of the travel industry’s Summer season that includes June, August. Reserve Direct believes this three-month period provides valuable insight into its ability accelerate growth in new markets, continually gain market share in existing destinations, and measure new initiatives. From July 1s to July 31st, Reserve Direct increased sales revenue by 24% and orders by 18% versus the same month period in July, 2016.

For the 31-days ended July 2017 and 2016

(in $ dollars) July2017 July2016 % 3Q2017
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3Q2016
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Hotel Bookings $844,656 $842,847 0% $1,669,491 $1,636,756 2%
Events & Shows Ticketing $1,100,685 $1,118,259 -1.5% $2,538,089 $2,464,165 3%
Attractions & Tours Ticketing $4,202,646 $3,008,169 39.7% $7,651,817 $6,072,871 26%
TOTALS $6,147,987 $4,969,275 23.7% $11,859,397 $10,173,792 16.5%

 

About Reserve Direct
Since 2001, Reserve Direct has provided more than 2.5 million travelers with destination-specific travel planning and reservation services for ticketed events, world-renown theme parks, adventure activities, tours, theatrical and music shows, plus hotels and lodging. Using a proprietary booking engine, Reserve Direct customers can access first-hand content and reviews to plan and book entire vacations within a single transaction. In addition, the Company also provides destination marketing organizations and travel suppliers reservation and packaging fulfillment services through white label versions of their proprietary system. Reserve Direct is based in St. Louis MO and currently operates dedicated destination websites in Branson, MO; Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, TN; Myrtle Beach, SC; Williamsburg, VA; New York, NY; San Diego and Los Angeles, CA; Chicago, IL; the Hawaiian Islands; Destin, Panama City Beach, St. Augustine and Orlando, FL.