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Yahoo! Signs Pacts With Air, Car, Hotel, Cruise Suppliers

Santa Clara, CA-based Yahoo! signed marketing pacts with a variety of travel services providers for the launch of the new Yahoo! Travel Specials center.

Partners include Auto Europe, Dollar Rent A Car, Holiday Inn Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Reservation Network, Renaissance Cruises, The Travel Company and UNIGLOBE Travel Online. Airfare deals provided by American Airlines will also be available soon. Financial arrangements were not disclosed.

The new Specials center allows users to browse from a selection of current travel offers, ranging from discounted nightly rates on hotel rooms and reduced round-trip airfares to specially priced cruises. This Specials area can be accessed from the front page of Yahoo! Travel.

"We have signed up a very impressive group of specials providers to ensure that Yahoo! Travel users are exposed to some of the best travel deals available on the Internet," said Susan Briggs, senior producer of Yahoo! Travel.

Yahoo! Travel is a resource for researching and planning recreational and business travel, featuring online reservations of flights, rental cars, and hotel rooms, vacation package and cruise listings, guidebook information, feature articles, weather condition information, safety tips and currency converters, as well as an online community.