Hotelbeds and easyJet holidays ink partnership

TTR Weekly | December 06, 2019

Hotelbeds has entered into a partnership with the all-new easyJet holidays. Hotelbeds has signed a strategic five-year accommodation supplier agreement with easyJet holidays that will feature handpicked hotels from the Hotelbeds platform on the airline’s holiday website along with directly contracted hotels. The Hotelbeds platform provides access to more than 180,000 hotel properties worldwide, many of which are contracted under exclusive terms and conditions by a team of over 1,100 contracting professionals located in the most popular leisure destinations around the world.

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Renowned as the sporting and cultural capital of Australia, Melbourne, situated on the southeastern fringe of the continent’s landmass, is the capital of the smallest state in Australia, Victoria. But, that’s about the only thing small about this city – in every other way Melbourne is BIG…not only is it the sporting and cultural hub of Australia, it is the de facto capital of this amazing continent/country!Step into Melbourne and there’s something new to see and experience around every corner! Museums, galleries, architecture, nature’s splendor, the best cuisines, wines and beers to be found on this planet…the list is endless!

Spotlight

Renowned as the sporting and cultural capital of Australia, Melbourne, situated on the southeastern fringe of the continent’s landmass, is the capital of the smallest state in Australia, Victoria. But, that’s about the only thing small about this city – in every other way Melbourne is BIG…not only is it the sporting and cultural hub of Australia, it is the de facto capital of this amazing continent/country!Step into Melbourne and there’s something new to see and experience around every corner! Museums, galleries, architecture, nature’s splendor, the best cuisines, wines and beers to be found on this planet…the list is endless!

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