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13-07-2005

BBVA offers customers 10% discount at 16,000 hotels around the world through Hotelopia

  • This initiative is the result of a recent marketing agreement between the bank and First Choice Holiday’s on-line booking portal

  • In the near future BBVA and Hotelopia will roll out new financial and travel products for their customers in other European countries and in Latin America

BBVA and Hotelopia (a business unit of First Choice Holidays PLC) are offering BBVA’s customers 10% discount on room rates. The offer applies to more than 16,000 hotels and apartments all over the world provided the booking is made through the Hotelopia portal and paid via one of the bank’s credit cards.

Holders of Premium Clasica, Diez, Blue Diez and +26 credit cards can enjoy the 10% discount until 30th September. There is no need to fill out any forms and no commissions. They simply pay with one of the above cards when making the booking through www.hotelopia.es. Furthermore, this discount will apply to Hotelopia’s guaranteed best price, in other words, the lowest room rate for the accommodation booked via the Internet.

Card holders can choose from more than 16,000 hotels and apartments in 500 locations in Spain, Europe, North America, Latin America, the Caribbean and Asia.

This promotion is part of a recent marketing agreement between BBVA and Hotelopia to launch attractive new financial and tourism products for their customers in Spain, in other European countries and in Latin America. The First Choice Holidays group and BBVA will thus broaden their range of innovative solutions in the European and Latin-American markets, offering customers added-value services.

Hotelopia

Hotelopia is part of the First Choice Holidays group, which is the international leader in the travel industry. It operates in 16 countries through different brand names and has about 14,000 employees. The group has four divisions that each deal with different travel products.

Hotelopia provides reduced accommodation rates for business and leisure travellers.  BBVA’s customers can choose from more than 16,000 hotels and apartments (in all categories) in 500 locations throughout Spain, Europe, North America, Latin America, the Caribbean and Asia.

At present Hotelopia operates via the following on-line portals: www.hotelopia.co.uk for the UK, www.hotelopia.de for Germany, www.hotelopia.com for the USA, www.hotelopia.nl for the Netherlands, www.hotelopia.ie for Irland, www.hotelopia.es for Spain and www.fr.hotelopia.com for the French market.

BBVA

BBVA (www.bbva.com) is one of Europe’s leading financial groups with a market value of €43 billion, more than 35m customers in more than 30 countries and a leading position in financial services in Spain and Latin America. At the end of 2004 it had total assets of €311 billion and net profit last year was €2.8 billion (up 25.8%). The group has more than 7000 branches all over the world and about 90,000 staff.

Owing to the strength of its retail banking franchises, BBVA generally has a large customer base in the markets where it operates. The group, which also has a wholesale banking, asset management and private banking division, pays special attention to new activities and business through its innovation and development area.

For more information:

BBVA Corporate Communications

Tel: +34 91 374 40 14

http://prensa.bbva.com

First Choice Online Destination Services

Corporate Communications

Eva Vivas   Tel: +34 971 17 88 77

www.hotelopia.es/home/prensa/

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