Helps Winter Olympics Travelers with Hotel Bookings and Offers Fast Side-by-side Price Comparisons

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The Winter Olympics in the Turin, Italy area may be eight months away, but savvy travelers shopping online for accommodations are finding to be an easy-to-use, reliable source for best prices. Travelaxe, Inc. serves business and leisure travelers with hotel information for 3,530 cities in 106 countries, from Albania to Zimbabwe, including 29 hotels in Turin and more than 1,885 hotels all over Italy. Information from more than 20 different travel websites is available in unbiased price comparisons with the lowest price highlighted, additional amenities filters, maps, ratings and more.

The 2006 Winter Olympics may be eight months away, but if you want the best chance in Turin, Italy, of getting your preferred hotel at the lowest price, is your gold medal choice for shopping online reservations fast.

“The opening ceremony is Feb. 10, 2006, and the closing ceremony Feb. 26,” notes Carl Samos, president and founder of Travelaxe, Inc. of Austin, Texas, one of the world’s fastest growing aggregators of hotel reservation information. “The only travelers actually assured of accommodations during that time are the athletes headed for the three Olympic villages – Bardonecchia, Sestriere and Turin!”

Whether you are headed for one of the seven Olympic venues, or just want to see one of the 84 events in the 15 sports, overnight accommodations are a must. Travelaxe provides detailed, comparative pricing on room costs for 29 hotels in Turin, more than 1,885 hotels all over Italy, as well as in another 105 countries. Reasonable room rates are only a few “mouse clicks” away.

“With every passing day, winter sports fans can expect an increasingly mad scramble for good lodging at the right price,” contends Samos.

“Our system can save Olympics-bound travelers time and money. Whether they are staying in nearby Milan or Genoa or over the border in Lausanne or Zurich, we can help them avoid questionable and overpriced hotels in undesirable areas,” he said.

The four-year-old company serves business and leisure travelers with hotel information for 3,530 cities in 106 countries, from Albania to Zimbabwe. Information from more than 20 different travel websites has been compiled into unbiased price comparisons with the lowest price highlighted. While Travelaxe highlights the lowest price for each hotel the user is able to select any travel website to book their room. Samos adds “We don’t just return the lowest rate we return the most options in one search and then leave it in the hands of the consumer to make the choice.”

More than 250,000 users of the free system have already downloaded and installed the Windows®-based, hotel rates search system onto their own personal computers. searches all the leading travel web sites, as well as, TravelWorm, TheReservationCompany, and HotelKingdom.

Travelaxe is classified as an "aggregator" or "meta search engine,” a growing class of search engines that scan the web for bargains. Its system is secure and virus-free. It has no spyware, no adware and doesn't sell its e-mail lists. The company makes commissions only from the travel web sites, not the traveler.

Easy Navigation…Maps…Hotel Ratings

“We also provide help in narrowing the sports fans’ hotel choices,” Samos added. “They can select from six search filters – distance, hotel, name (keywords), price, hotel rating and preferred web sites.”

An Interactive Map & Distance Calculator assists travelers in determining geographically where they want to stay in relation to the specific Olympic venue or some other precise map destination. That could save even more time and money, since transportation and parking may also be scarce or at a premium during the most popular Olympics events.

“Our system averages the hotel class ratings from many of the web sites as it searches, giving travelers a better overall idea of the class rating of a hotel,” Samos emphasized. “If a family member or traveling companion doesn’t like chilly outdoor sports or couldn’t score tickets even at scalpers’ prices, our web site gives them access to show bookings and other interesting nearby sites.”

About Travelaxe

Travelaxe, a privately held corporation founded in 2001 in Austin, Texas, produces the Travelaxe software and web site for hotel room rates worldwide. Samos is an Internet pioneer who led the development of Mosaic®, the famous World Wide Web browser that resulted in the creation of Internet Explorer®. Visit Travelaxe at Travelaxe – Side-by-side travel site comparisons, fast!


Bette Reid, Travelaxe, Inc.        


or Jacque Chrisman, Chrisman Group


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