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Tours.com Corporate Fact Sheet

 Company Profile: 

Tours.com is the privately held corporation based in San Francisco, California, that created and  operates the popular Tours.com Web site. The WorldWide Directory & Search Engine of Tours & Vacations.
  
The Web Site Tours.com provides descriptions and direct links to thousands of tours and vacations, travel agents, travel suppliers, and other travel-related resources around the world.   Tours.com is the travel industry’s online “Yellow Pages,” and is the ideal site for both business and leisure travelers to conduct online research about their trips. The site is a tremendous vacation research tool, where people can browse and locate tour operator companies offering a variety of types of tours, or find travel agents that specialize in a particular destination or type of trip, whether it be by air, land or sea.

The Web site is translated into nine languages, making it the ultimate travel research site for travelers around the world.

 Languages:

Chinese  German  Korean  English  Italian  Portuguese  French  Japanese  Spanish

Tours.com includes tens of thousands of travel providers and resources, efficiently organized by category and type.  The site is an information source like none other.  Searchable categories include:

Tours & Vacations searchable by Country, US State and/or Key word (activity)
Cruises, Barges, Boats, Yachts and Ferries 
Railroads & Rail Vacations
Airlines, Air Consolidators, Charter Jets
Hotels, Apartments, Castles, Villas, Timeshare & Vacation Rentals
Cars, Limousines, Motorcycle Rentals 
Passport & Visa Services
Tickets - Sports, Concerts, Event Ticket Sellers worldwide
Charter Bus Services
Maps, including Subway, Airport & Trail Maps
Major Online Travel Booking Sites
Translation Services
Sightseeing & Local Attractions
Travel Insurance Providers
Currency Conversions, World Time, Global Weather & Tours.com Gift Certificate

Business Model:

Tours.com’s business model, which is based on advertising revenues instead of transaction fees, enables it to remain unbiased as well as support the continued expansion of its database of free listings.  Tours.com is not an online travel agency, and therefore does not rely on travel booking commissions for revenues as most other travel sites do. It operates purely as an unbiased information service for leisure and business travelers and travel industry professionals.
  
History:

Tours.com was founded in 1995 by three veterans of the travel directory publishing industry.  Leveraging the experience and travel industry contracts they’d garnered over two decades of publishing hard-copy directories for the travel agency community, they created the Web’s first online directory of tours and vacations.  Since then, the site has expanded to include tens of thousands of other travel providers and resources. 
  
Company Founders:

Three of the founders of Tours.com still run the company and the Web site with passion and dedication:
Joe King, Chairman, Maria Polk, President, Marijo Douglass, Executive Vice President 
 
For further information call (415) 332-7916  e-mail  maria@tours.com   


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