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New deals and new staff strengthen, the UK-based travel company that offers an extensive range of accommodation and sightseeing products on the …, the UK-based travel company that offers an extensive range of accommodation and sightseeing products on the Internet in 20 languages, announced yesterday at ITB that it has signed partnership deals with L`TUR, Freeserve and Air Luxor.

The deal with Baden-Baden based travel agent L`TUR, which is a European leader in last-minute trips, will see`s offer on accommodation, sightseeing and other travel products featured on the L` and web sites. On the site, it will be possible to create dynamic packages comprising accommodation, transport and sightseeing.

In addition, the full product range will be available through L`TUR`s 140 retail agencies in Austria, France, Germany, Netherlands, Poland, Spain and Switzerland.

L`TUR is co-owned by Thomas Cook, Europe`s largest tour operator, TUI, and Karl Heinz Kogel. In 2003 it had sales of EUR339 million and it handled over 0.75 million customers.

According to Stefan Dapper, Member of the L`TUR Board, the partnership will dramatically widen the company`s hotel portfolio and will allow its customers greater choice when building their own travel packages.

The new relationship with Freeserve, the UK`s No. 1 internet service provider, with 4.8 million customers, sees`s accommodation product featured exclusively on the Freeserve Travel Channel.

Commenting on the partnership, Jon Gisby, Managing Director of Portals at Freeserve, said: An exclusive partnership with gives us the opportunity to broaden the range of travel services we offer to our customers, as has a phenomenal inventory of hotels.

The company`s Travel Guides and sightseeing tours will be a great asset to Freeserve Travel Channel`s content.

An agreement in principle has been reached with Air Luxor which, once finalised, will make the full range of`s products available from the Air Luxor website. The products will be available on co-branded pages and via Air Luxor`s call centres.

Air Luxor was formed in 1988 and has quickly grown into a worldwide scheduled and charter airline, carrying over one million passengers in 2003. With its hub in Lisbon, the company`s network includes more than 50 yearround and seasonal destinations, with more being added continuously.

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