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Vacation.com brands mobile app

Vacation.com will launch its new member agency-branded mobile application in June. The application, GoSiteSee, is a post-purchase mobile solution agencies will be able to offer their clients. Agencies can personalize the application with their own logo, agency description, and contact information. Once a client makes a travel purchase, the agency can input the customer’s itinerary — including flight schedules, hotel information, and recommended points of interest in top destinations worldwide — and provide GoSiteSee as another valuable trip amenity. Vacation.com will begin by offering 35 destinations across the United States, Europe, Asia and South America, with more destinations coming soon. Agencies can purchase destination guides in packs of up to three destinations per guide pack. Agencies registering for GoSiteSee before June 30, 2012, will receive five free destination guide packs. GoSiteSee will be available on the Android Market for most Android smart phones and tablets and on the App Store for iPhones, iPads, and the iPod Touch. GoSiteSee features rich destination content, including top attractions, museums, restaurants, bars, cafes, and shopping. Other highlights include pictures, reviews, maps, and navigation. One of GoSiteSee’s unique features is that the map and navigation functions work offline, so clients avoid international roaming charges. The application also allows trip sharing; clients can write a trip journal and post pictures and postcards online and via email. GoSiteSee also offers automated trip planning, featuring personalized travel suggestions using the state-of-the art technology. Vacation.com’s vice-president Canada, Christine James pointed out that: “In addition to all of its exciting mobile app features, agencies will also have access to GoSiteSee’s Web-based administration site where they can insert their agency branding, update and manage a client’s itinerary for them, and purchase additional guides. Unlike other mobile applications in the marketplace, GoSiteSee goes deeper in providing the most comprehensive destination content available.”

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