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Reserve Direct, Online Travel Company, Launches Second California Destination

Reserve-Los-Angeles-(stacked)Reserve Direct is excited to announce its expansion into Los Angeles, California. This marks the second destination on the west coast and 13thdestination overall. Reserve Los Angeles will continue to strengthen Reserve Direct’s presence in the largest US markets, following their New York City launch in 2014.

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According to Ted Stimpson, CEO of Smart Destinations, “Working with Reserve Direct across multiple destinations is a great fit for our company. The value that our Go City Card attraction passes provide to travelers, in combination with Reserve Direct’s lodging packages, benefits the budget minded consumer who seeks to maximize their vacation experience.”

Reserve Los Angeles, www.reservelosangeles.com, will feature major theme parks including Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, and Legoland California as well as other attractions and shows. Like other Reserve Direct websites, Reserve Los Angeles will provide customers the ability to save on hotel vacation packages with its unique packaging model. It makes purchasing an entire Los Angeles vacation streamlined and simple.

Los Angeles also offers the ability to target not only domestic travelers, but international as well. With so many tourists flocking to Los Angeles each year, Reserve Direct is excited about the new possibilities this market brings.

About Reserve Direct

Reserve Direct is a travel reservation company that markets and serves specific travel destinations to vacationers and businesses, offering local expertise, tickets for attractions, shows and events as well as lodging and hotels. The company also offers fulfillment tools to travel suppliers and other regional travel resources. Reserve Direct is a privately held company, with offices in St Louis and Branson, Missouri.

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Reserve Direct Hires New Myrtle Beach Market Manager

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Savannah Rhame, Reserve Direct’s Myrtle Beach Market Manager.

Savannah Rhame, a professional with a fresh marketing perspective, has joined Reserve Direct as the new Myrtle Beach Market Manager.  Rhame has a background in account management, marketing, and new business development, along with a marketing degree from Coastal Carolina University.  She most recently worked as the market and sales coordinator at The Palace Theatre.

Rhame will be representing Reserve Direct’s local travel website, Reserve Myrtle Beach. As Market Manager, she will foster travel supplier relationships and destination opportunities throughout the Grand Strand. Rhame will also act as liaison between Myrtle Beach travel suppliers and other Reserve Direct employees to best address product and consumer needs. 

“With a background in marketing and sales, we are excited to bring Savannah on board with us in Myrtle Beach,” stated John Johnson, President of Reserve Direct.  “We are confident she will continue to build quality relationships with our travel suppliers and help us grow in that destination.”

Reserve Direct is a travel reservation company that focuses on specific travel destinations, offering local expertise and reservations for shows and attractions, as well as lodging and hotel reservations to vacationers, families and businesses.   The company also offers fulfillment tools to travel suppliers and other regional travel resources. Reserve Direct provides travel service in a variety of markets like Branson, Missouri; Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, Tennessee; Orlando and St. Augustine, Florida; Williamsburg, Virginia; the Hawaiian Islands; Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; New York City, New York; and San Diego, California.

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Florida Attractions Association Now Offers Online Ticket Purchasing with Reserve Direct

The Florida Attractions Association, the professional industry association for Florida’s finest family attractions, has partnered with Reserve Direct to provide online ticket sales to its attractions on their redesigned travel website, www.floridaattractions.com. Using Reserve Direct’s white-label service, travelers can now purchase tickets to their favorite Florida attractions directly from this user-friendly website, which has been rebuilt to include easy access from smartphones and tablets.

“The Association is thrilled to launch our new consumer site with Reserve Direct’s booking engine,” said Bill Lupfer, President & CEO. “Reserve Direct’s existing relationships with many of our members made this partnership a natural fit.”

Rosemarie Young of Reserve Direct and Mike Donaldson of Florida Attractions Association
Rosemarie Young of Reserve Direct and Mike Donaldson of Florida Attractions Association

The Association is comprised of over 110 attractions from across the state, including theme parks, airboat rides, water parks, gardens, museums, dinner shows, zoos, aquariums, family entertainment centers, and more. The purpose of the Association is to promote and advance the interests of the attraction industry throughout the state by linking the passion and creativity of hundreds of industry professionals.

“It’s a privilege to expand our services throughout the state of Florida,” said John Johnson, President of Reserve Direct. “Our model is designed to make trip planning and ticket purchase easy and affordable. We believe our technology is second to none for both the travel supplier and the consumer.”

Reserve Direct, an online travel company, launched its first Florida-based consumer reservation website in 2006 and now operates in Orlando, Destin, Panama City Beach, and St. Augustine. They plan to launch websites for Tampa, Miami and the Florida Keys in 2015.

In operation since 2001, Reserve Direct also serves markets outside the state of Florida such as Branson, Myrtle Beach, Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, Williamsburg, New York City, San Diego, and Hawaii. They provide a unique reservation model that focuses on the destination vacation experience, with many of their locations including hotel reservations in addition to attraction tickets.

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Online Travel Company Reserve Direct Expands into New York City

Launching its fifth new travel website in 2014, Reserve Direct has expanded into New York with the launch of Reserve New York City, www.reservenewyorkcity.com. This marks the largest market in which Reserve Direct operates and the fourth location along the east coast, joining Williamsburg, Virginia, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and St. Augustine, Florida. As the largest city in the US, expanding into New York City offers big opportunities for Reserve Direct customers.

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Similar to the other Reserve Direct destinations, Reserve New York City offers attractions and hotels to travelers, but also sells Broadway show tickets, including Wicked, The Lion King, Mamma Mia!, and The Book of Mormon among many others. Travelers can bundle their Broadway shows with sightseeing tours, harbor cruises, and other tours and tickets for iconic New York City attractions.

Through its close relationships with travel suppliers, Reserve Direct is able to provide unique offers for consumers in a one-stop-shop website. Additionally, its unique packaging model allows consumers to save even more when they package their ticketed activities with hotels.

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NYC Broadway Shows

“Reserve Direct offers attractions and theaters a full-featured, yield management tool unlike any other reseller,” said Joey Robinson, Head of Sales & Marketing for Big Bus New York. “Their activity-first approach to destination sales is exciting and we are excited to be a part of their New York City website.”

With millions of tourists coming in from all over the world each year, New York City offers a greater opportunity to target international as well as domestic customers, especially for major attractions like the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, and the many museums in town.

“New York City as a tourist was much less intimidating than I thought it would be, but there is certainly a great deal of travel planning and choices to make,” explains John Johnson, President of Reserve Direct. “With our proven vacation planning model, we aim to give you the confidence you need to book your Manhattan visit.” Many other New York travel suppliers have been extremely receptive to the Reserve Direct consumer and business model.

About Reserve Direct

Reserve Direct is a travel reservation company that markets and serves specific travel destinations to vacationers and businesses, offering local expertise, tickets for attractions, shows and events as well as lodging and hotels. The company also offers fulfillment tools to travel suppliers and other regional travel resources. Reserve Direct is a privately held company, with offices in St Louis and Branson, Missouri.

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Reserve Direct Drops Anchor in Sunny San Diego with Launch of New Travel Website

Following the advice of Horace Greeley who proclaimed, “Go West, young man and grow up with the country,” Reserve Direct has done just that with the launch of its new travel website, Reserve San Diego (www.reservesandiego.com). As a popular California destination, San Diego marks Reserve Direct’s 12th market and first on the West Coast—not to mention its fourth new travel website in 2014. As with their other destinations, Reserve San Diego will feature Reserve Direct’s unique approach to custom vacation planning, ease of booking, and travel deals for area attractions and hotels.

“We are excited to be a part of Reserve San Diego and Reserve Direct’s expansion to the West Coast,” said Jay Judal of the San Diego Zoo. “San Diego and the Zoo will benefit from their approach to destination marketing and direct-to-gate tickets.”

Rich in history and character, San Diego features some of the most popular attractions in the country to include the world famous San Diego Zoo, showcasing over 3700 animals, and the original SeaWorld marine life theme park which opened in 1964. The San Diego Harbor is home to Hornblower Cruises, the Maritime Museum, and the U.S.S. Midway, a retired Naval aircraft carrier. Other attractions throughout San Diego County, and available on Reserve San Diego are LEGOLAND California located in Carlsbad and Safari Park located in Escondido.

“As Reserve Direct continues to grow, we are most interested in family vacation destinations that cater to our existing consumer base,” said John Johnson, President of Reserve Direct. “San Diego is a natural fit for our model and sales strategies, and we are fortunate to have some great partnerships with world-renown travel products that also see the benefit of our model.”

Some of Reserve Direct’s other destination websites, like Reserve Orlando and Reserve Williamsburg, already represent similar travel products like SeaWorld, Busch Gardens, Medieval Times, and Legoland Florida, offering the same travel services to customers.

About Reserve Direct

Reserve Direct is a travel reservation company that markets and serves specific travel destinations to vacationers and businesses, offering local expertise, tickets for attractions, shows and events as well as lodging and hotels. The company also offers fulfillment tools to travel suppliers and other regional travel resources. Reserve Direct is a privately held company, with offices in St Louis and Branson, Missouri.

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Reserve Direct, an Online Travel Company, Honors 10 Year Employee Anniversary

Cary Aguilar & John Johnson
Cary Aguilar & John Johnson

Reserve Direct, a leader in travel reservations and booking solutions for travel suppliers for 13 years, honored Cary Aguilar June 1st for 10 years of service to the company. Cary, Reserve Direct’s Accounting Manager, started with the company in June of 2004 and is the third employee to reach a ten year work anniversary.

Cary started as a call center agent for Reserve Direct destinations.  During this time he attended Missouri State University in pursuit of a Bachelor of Science in Accounting.  In his third year with the company, a position opened in the accounting department of Reserve Direct.  Cary quickly filled this position, and upon graduation was promoted as the company’s head Accountant.  As Reserve Direct grew to include 10 destinations Cary was responsible for overseeing all product accounts, managing customer transactions and has taken the lead as human resources manager as well.  He is vital to both the supplier and customer aspects of Reserve Direct, and has been a true asset to the company.

Noting his tenure, Cary stated “It doesn’t feel like 10 years, more like five.  Just goes to show time flies when you work for a company where you enjoy what you do.  Being a part of this company has allowed me to thrive both personally and professionally, for which I am grateful.”

“It’s been great having Cary on the team,” stated John Johnson, president of Reserve Direct.  “His attention to detail and commitment to the company is what makes Reserve Direct the reliable company it is today.”
Reserve Direct congratulates Cary on 10 years of dedicated service.

About Reserve Direct
Reserve Direct is a travel reservation technology company that focuses on specific travel destinations, offering local expertise and reservations for shows and attractions, as well as hotel reservations to vacationers, families and businesses. The company also offers fulfillment tools to travel suppliers and other regional travel resources. Reserve Direct provides travel service in a variety of markets like Branson, Missouri; Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, Tennessee; Orlando, St. Augustine, Panama City Beach and Destin, Florida; Williamsburg, Virginia; Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; San Diego, California and  the Hawaiian Islands.

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Travelers Discover St. Augustine, Florida’s Oldest City, with Launch of Reserve Direct’s New Destination

It was 1565 when the first European settlers pulled ashore in St. Augustine, Florida. And nearly 450 years later, Reserve Direct has too set claim to the historically quaint coastal town with the launch of its destination website, ReserveStAugustine.com.  The website features the unique attractions and accommodations that make St. Augustine a popular tourist destination.

As an online travel agency, Reserve Direct provides show and attraction tickets, including The Fountain of Youth Archeology Park, Old Town Trolleys, Zorayda Castle, and Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum. Travel consumers can purchase tickets while also bundling them with area hotels.

“St Augustine is a beautiful city unlike any other,” said John Johnson, President of Reserve Direct. “The climate is great and just about everything you can experience is unique,” he continued. “We are excited to add this to our family of destinations.” Reserve Direct already operates in Orlando, Panama City Beach and Destin, so the launch of ReserveStAugustine.com marks Reserve Direct’s fourth Florida destination.

Reserve St. Augustine’s reservation model allows consumers to plan and book area attractions, amusements, and live shows with accommodations, either a la carte or in money-saving vacation packages. Reserve Direct offers secure and guaranteed bookings with direct-to-gate e-tickets and flexible reservation policies. In addition, consumers will find extra benefit beyond discounts with the ease and convenience of using one website for all of their vacation planning and by signing up for added savings for future travels across Reserve Direct’s other destinations.
St. Augustine served as Florida’s capital when it was a territory, and much of that history is on full display through the architecture of the Bridge of Lions and the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, the oldest masonry fort in the Americas. Visitors stroll down St. George Street, which features original storefronts and unique period-based shops, restaurants, pubs and the oldest wooden schoolhouse in the United States. Across Matanzas Bay, visitors can take in Anastasia State Park, which possesses four miles of pristine beachfront.

Reserve Direct is an online travel agency focused on destination specific leisure travel. Based in Missouri, Reserve Direct has offices in St. Louis and Branson, Missouri and has provided online travel services since 2001. Other Reserve Direct destinations also include Branson; San Diego, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, Tennessee; Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; Williamsburg, Virginia; and the Hawaiian Islands.

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Southwest Missouri Native & Tourism Professional Joins Reserve Direct

rsz_wallace_photoAmy Wallace, a native of Southwest Missouri, has joined Reserve Direct. Wallace has worked both in Springfield and Branson in the Travel and Tourism Industry for 20 years. With combined experience in both hospitality and theatres, she has an extensive background in sales and marketing. Her expertise aligns perfectly with her new role as Branson Market Manager.

As Wallace will be representing Reserve Direct’s local travel website, Reserve Branson, her knowledge of local tourism is vital. Her role as Market Manager will allow her to cultivate travel supplier relationships and destination opportunities throughout Branson. Wallace will also act as liaison between Branson travel suppliers and other Reserve Direct employees to best address product and consumer needs.

“Amy’s years of involvement in the Branson tourism industry, as well as her strong familiarity with sales and marketing, make her an apt fit for the Reserve Direct team,” stated John Johnson, President of Reserve Direct. “Further, we believe she will be able to fill the role nicely as Diana Coleman Kersh, who has previously held the role of Branson Market Manager, transitions to Senior Market Manager, where she will oversee all Reserve Direct markets.”

Reserve Direct is a travel reservation company that focuses on specific travel destinations, offering local expertise and reservations for shows and attractions, as well as lodging and hotel reservations to vacationers, families and businesses. The company also offers fulfillment tools to travel suppliers and other regional travel resources. Reserve Direct provides travel service in a variety of markets like Branson, Missouri; Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, Tennessee; Orlando and St. Augustine, Florida; Williamsburg, Virginia; the Hawaiian Islands; Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and San Diego, California.

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Online Travel Company, Reserve Direct, Honors 10 Year Employee Anniversary

Diana Coleman Kersh & John Johnson
Diana Coleman Kersh & John Johnson

Reserve Direct, a leader in travel reservations and booking solutions for travel suppliers for 13 years, honored Diana Coleman Kersh March 1st for 10 years of service to the company. Diana, Reserve Direct’s Senior Market Manager, started with the company in March of 2004 and is the second employee to reach a ten year work anniversary.

Diana started as the Market Manager for Reserve Direct at its first destination in Branson, MO, coming to the job with nearly a decade of experience in the Travel and Tourism Industry. Her industry knowledge and drive made her an integral part of the then-small company. As Reserve Direct grew to include 10 destinations Diana was responsible for training new Market Managers and was an energetic component to the ongoing expansion of the company.

“Diana has been instrumental in the growth of our company through her long standing relationships in the travel industry and assume-the-sale approach,” stated Reserve Direct President John Johnson. “Her experience and nurturing manner has also developed well to suit her role guiding all of our market managers. We’ve been lucky to have her onboard.”

Promoted to Senior Market Manager in 2011, Diana now oversees several destinations and Market Managers, providing training, management, and expertise while still serving as the Branson Market Manager. She is an active member in state and local attraction associations in Branson and several other destinations.

Diana said “Being part of the most advanced technology reservation company in the world and having an opportunity to work with all types of travel suppliers – hoteliers, shows, attractions, chambers and associations – in the progressive Internet Sales Market is what makes my career so dynamically rewarding.”

Reserve Direct congratulates Diana on 10 years of dedicated service.
About Reserve Direct
Reserve Direct is a travel reservation technology company that focuses on specific travel destinations, offering local expertise and reservations for shows and attractions, as well as hotel reservations to vacationers, families and businesses. The company also offers fulfillment tools to travel suppliers and other regional travel resources. Reserve Direct provides travel service in a variety of markets like Branson, Missouri; Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, Tennessee; Orlando, St. Augustine, Panama City Beach and Destin, Florida; Williamsburg, Virginia; Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and the Hawaiian Islands.
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Reserve Direct Celebrates Ten Years of Providing Convenient and Affordable Reservations for Millions of Travelers to the Great Smoky Mountains, Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge

Three million visitors and $30 million in travel sales later, Reserve Direct (www.ReserveDirect.com) remains the premier choice for booking hotels and attractions in the Smoky Mountains. The online travel agency (OTA) offers discounted tickets to individual attractions, hotels and lodging, and all-inclusive, customizable vacation packages. The bulk of these sales are transacted on the company’s destination specific websites: www.ReservePigeonForge.com and www.ReserveGatlinburg.com.

To help travelers get the most out of their experience, complete Smoky Mountains vacation packages are available; these packages include accommodations that range from luxury suites to quaint mountain cabins, along with a choice of tickets to leading area shows and attractions. Some of the most popular tickets on Reserve Pigeon Forge and Reserve Gatlinburg include:

  • Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede
  • Lumberjack Feud Dinner & Show
  • Titanic Museum
  • Smoky Mountain Opry
  • Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies
  • Dollywood
  • Biltmore Estate

Last March, Tennessee native Joan Brock joined the Reserve Direct team, bringing with her 20-plus years of marketing and sales experience in the travel industry. Since then, Brock has been instrumental in negotiating and strengthening relationships with numerous travel suppliers in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and surrounding areas. In fact, she just received a “Friendship Award of the Year” from the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce. Part of her mission going forward will be to expand Reserve Direct’s footprint in this region, which sees over 20 million visitors each year.

Reserve Direct and its family of travel destination sites cater to individual travelers, families and businesses. The common denominator is the convenience and potential savings compared to both competitors and direct booking. Each destination site features informative travel guides and up-to-date news on various seasonal events. Reserve Direct relies on local insight to ensure that vacationers experience the best that every destination has to offer.

The combination of competitive pricing and convenient, one-stop shopping has contributed to Reserve Direct’s near decade of success. Travelers can quickly browse all of their options and then tailor a vacation package to fit their needs. E-Tickets are immediately available for printing upon completion of an order; because all orders are saved in customers’ accounts, tickets can never be lost.

In the past nine years, Reserve Direct has progressively grown its market share in the Smoky Mountains. In fact, 2013 saw a 40% increase over prior year sales numbers and forecasts indicate exceeding that growth in 2014. Economists agree that a sure sign of an improving economy is more people and families going on vacation. By offering compelling vacation savings, Reserve Direct is enabling more people than ever to get away from it all and experience some of America’s greatest destinations.