Launches Hurricane Katrina Fundraising Effort

- Company Will Contribute Proceeds to the American Red Cross –

ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 21 /PRNewswire/ —, the travel Internet site that is “seriously different,” hopes to make a difference to the Hurricane Katrina relief effort by donating 5% of its sales made on the U.S. website to the American Red Cross.

The fundraising drive will be in effect on immediately.

“The New Orleans area relied heavily on tourism dollars so we believe the travel industry should be doing as much as possible to aid in relief of the area’s victims in this devastating tragedy,” explains Sotiris Damianos, general director at “As well as donating 5% of Hotelopia’s U.S. revenue to disaster relief, we’ve also included a direct link to the American Red Cross for customers to donate further if they wish.” and its sister websites across Europe have an active charity affiliate program in place, whereby an organization can provide its members a special promotional code number and receive a portion of the reservation as a contribution to the organization.

About offers reduced-rate accommodation to both business and leisure travelers at over 16,000 properties, budget to five stars, in over 500 destinations throughout Europe, North America, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Asia. is part of the online destination services group of First Choice Holidays PLC, a $3.7 billion leading European travel company with 8 million leisure and business travel customers operating across the entire travel industry spectrum For assistance anytime, call toll free: 866-321-1730. For further information, log onto

The sites live and operating include for the UK, http:/ in Germany, in USA, for the Netherlands, for Ireland and for the French market.

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