Hotel rooms with free phone calls increasing bookings

DUBAI - Booking rooms at Middle East and overseas hotels with free phone calls is becoming a growing habit with the public and the travel trade in the UAE and across the region.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Thu 19 Feb 2004, 12:11 PM

Last updated: Wed 1 Apr 2015, 11:54 PM

Last year saw a 225 per cent increase in the number of room nights booked with toll-free calls to the InterContinental Hotels Group's Middle East Central Reservations Office in Dubai, and the company forecasts a further 129% rise this year.

By dialing toll-free numbers in the UAE (800 4642) and eight other Middle East countries, callers contacting the reservations office can now make quick and easy bookings at more than 3,400 InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express and Staybridge Suites hotels worldwide. "We made a major investment in setting up the reservations office, and it's paying off, both for ourselves, and for a growing number of travel trade professionals, and individuals," said Denis Johnson, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, InterContinental Hotels Group, Middle East & Africa.

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