Pete Howard Joins Fareportal Executive Board

NEW YORK, June 30, 2012

Pete Howard

Fareportal, an online technology company providing web-based portals and management tools for the travel industry, announces today that Pete Howard has joined the team as the new Chief Marketing Officer. Howard has over 30 years of experience in the areas of e-commerce and direct marketing.

Most recently, Howard was managing the European e-commerce and catalog business for Staples, based in Amsterdam and Paris. Before that, he spent ten years with the same company growing the business nationally. Further diversifying his background, Howard has also worked for an online marketer of fine jewelry and gifts, Ross-Simons, and held the position as President of a catalog start-up.

“Fareportal is very excited to have Pete Howard joining our company,” said Sam Jain, CEO of Fareportal. “Pete’s background in the online field and previous positions with major companies such as Staples, both nationally and internationally, will tremendously benefit our team and our customers.”

Howard started his career with the Gillette Company and also worked within direct marketing positions for Digital Equipment Corporation and The Bradford Exchange. Howard earned an MBA in marketing and finance and an AB in economics from the University of Chicago. He is active in his community, having served on the boards of United Cerebral Palsy of Metro Boston and the House of Possibilities.

SOURCE: Fareportal

Travelong Ranks 10th in Travel Weekly’s 2011 Power List

NEW YORK, June 28, 2012

Travel Weekly’s esteemed Power List was released yesterday and Travelong, parent company to leading online travel agency, CheapOair, is happy to announce that it is now in the top 10 of the rankings of this list, coming in at number nine. This recognition from one of the top publications in the trade industry, coupled with moving up two spots from last year’s standing at number 11, further solidifies Travelong as an emerging leader in the online travel space.

“We are both proud and honored to see our progress recognized on this year’s Power List,” said Sam Jain, CEO of Travelong. “This reward reinforces our position as an innovative leader in the travel industry and we are thrilled to continue to work hard to offer our consumers the best travel services.”

This 2012 Power List recognized Travelong’s achievements as a top company and for its major developments throughout the past year, including Travelong’s 2011 sales at $ 1.85 billion. The company continued to focus on global expansion of its brands like CheapOair in the United Kingdom and Canada, investments in customer service and award-winning mobile product developments such as the CheapOair iPhone App (version 2.0.17) and access anywhere via Android, the CheapOair mobile site, and Windows. Further information on the CheapOair mobile apps can be found on the CheapOair website.

Looking to the next year, Travelong is continuing further growth in many ways to help its customers. In addition to a continual drive to be the fastest online travel site on the web, Travelong will also launch its Clubmiles Loyalty Program, which will give existing customers exciting benefits and convenience. Also, to help create a fast and easy form of booking travel, Travelong is expanding its mobile developments in an effort to accommodate all mobile users in today’s technologically advanced world.

Travelong and its affiliate companies have been continuously acknowledged for outstanding work, placing them among industry leaders such as Expedia, American Express, and AAA Travel. In the past year, Travelong has earned numerous performance accolades from partners including the Sabre Travel Network, US Airways, LAN Airlines, EVA Airways, China Airlines, Korean Airlines, Avianca and TACA Airlines, and TAM.

SOURCE: Travelong