A Present That Travels

hotelsDOTcom-gift-card is making it easier to give the gift of travel with the introduction of gift cards in Canada and the United States. Gift cards have been a consumer mainstay for decades, but shoppers seeking a travel gift card have been limited to airline-specific and hotel chain-specific selections until now. The Gift Card has been developed as a convenient and flexible option that’s redeemable at over 100,000 hotels, chain properties, resorts, and bed and breakfast accommodations worldwide through the web site.

Research shows that gift cards remain the most requested gift item during the holiday season as 58% of holiday shoppers plan to purchase a gift card this year.

Neha Parikh, vice-president and general manager, North America, observed: “Our new gift card is the first of its kind in the travel space for both gift givers and gift recipients, and it’s redefining the gift of travel.”

Parikh continued: “Whether you want to give the gift of a resort getaway with friends, a romantic weekend on the beach, or a remote lakeside family retreat, the Gift Card lets travellers choose among thousands of options to create unique experiences.”

With no applicable fees or expiration dates, recipients are able to purchase Gift Cards in values as low as $10 on the U.S. and Canadian web sites. Each card’s value can be applied to the balance of new hotel reservations at the time of booking.

The Gift Card can be purchased as an instantly redeemable e-gift card or plastic card at .