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TUI Travel Sport Launches North American Business

SEATTLE, Feb. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --  FanTravel, a new web-based sales platform designed to turn organizations into travel experts, has just launched a free a service with the aim of offering a fresh approach to group travel. Backed by TUI Travel's Sport Division, the company leverages expertise in travel, sports, and technology to make organizing group travel to sporting events simple.

"Arranging travel for a large group of sports fans is complicated and time consuming," stated Ben Ireland, General Manager of FanTravel. "Our platform allows all organizations from youth soccer clubs to professional teams to transform themselves into travel experts, develop new revenue streams, and get fans closer to the game." 

By partnering with FanTravel clubs, teams, associations, and organizations receive a personalized website; access to group rates with hotels, transportation, excursions, and tickets; and onsite representation at events. The platform also helps organizations generate new revenue streams and monetize existing inventory such as sideline passes, stadium tours, and exclusive souvenirs. For fans the benefit is simple: one seamless sports travel experience from start to finish.

In addition, FanTravel's leadership brings a trifecta of expertise in travel, sports, and technology. General Manager Ben Ireland holds extensive experience from multiple travel businesses internationally and honed his operational skills by taking 1,300 English soccer fans to the EURO Championships in Ukraine in 2012. Brian Bulcke, the company's Co-founder, is a former Stanford University football player and current Canadian Football League player, while Erik Nomitch, Lead Developer and Designer, delivers Silicon Valley's cutting-edge technology to the travel-sphere.

For more information about FanTravel please visit www.fantravel.com. Organizations can request more information and a demonstration of the technology by filling out a request form at www.fantravel.com/start.

About FanTravelFounded by two former Stanford Football players, FanTravel is an innovative platform dedicated to transforming organizations into travel experts.  By providing a web-based solution for organizing group travel to sporting events, the company creates hassle-free, custom experiences with deals that include convenient transportation, upscale accommodation, and exclusive activities. FanTravel is a joint venture with TUI Travel®, one of the world's largest and most successful travel and tourism organizations.

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