|Amazon.com Extends Partnership With National Leisure Group's Cruise Vacation Provider, The Vacation Store, at the Amazon.com Travel Store|
|SEATTLE, Sep 6, 2002 -- Amazon.com (Nasdaq:AMZN) and National
Leisure Group today announced the extension of their partnership under which
National Leisure Group's The Vacation Store will continue providing Amazon.com
customers with contemporary, premium and luxury cruise vacations in the
Amazon.com Travel store (www.amazon.com/travel).
The Vacation Store has a preferred relationship with the world's leading cruise lines, offering cruise vacations to 458 destinations in 87 countries across six continents. Amazon.com customers can find terrific selections and best-price guarantees through The Vacation Store.
The Travel store also features thousands of travel-related products from stores across the Amazon.com site, including products for people traveling with kids and infants, consumer electronic equipment that is essential to travel, travel books and audiobooks, language and travel software, and all the essentials for a road trip. The Travel store includes top sellers in numerous product categories and knowledgeable Search functionality across all product lines.
"Amazon.com has been a great partner for The Vacation Store," said Brad Gerstner, co-president of National Leisure Group and The Vacation Store. "Amazon.com provides a best-of-breed online shopping experience, and we're looking forward to providing more Amazon.com customers with memorable world-class cruise vacations."
Details of the agreement were not disclosed.
National Leisure Group's The Vacation Store has been providing travel services to Amazon.com customers since the launch of the Amazon.com Travel store in September 2001.
Amazon.com opened its virtual doors on the World Wide Web in July 1995 and today offers Earth's Biggest Selection, along with online auctions and free electronic greeting cards. Amazon.com seeks to be the world's most customer-centric company, where customers can find and discover anything they might want to buy online. Amazon.com and sellers list millions of unique new and used items in categories such as electronics, computers, kitchen products and housewares, books, music, DVDs, videos, camera and photo items, toys, baby and baby registry, software, computer and video games, cell phones and service, tools and hardware, travel services, magazine subscriptions and outdoor living products. Through Amazon Marketplace, zShops and Auctions, any business or individual can sell virtually anything to Amazon.com's millions of customers, and with Amazon.com Payments, sellers can accept credit card transactions, avoiding the hassles of offline payments. Amazon.com also offers the Amazon Credit Account, the online equivalent of a department store credit card, which provides shoppers the opportunity to buy now and pay later when shopping at Amazon.com.
Amazon.com operates five international Web sites: www.amazon.ca, www.amazon.co.uk, www.amazon.de, www.amazon.fr and www.amazon.co.jp. It also operates the Internet Movie Database (www.imdb.com), the Web's comprehensive and authoritative source of information on more than 275,000 movies and entertainment titles and 1 million cast and crewmembers dating from the birth of film to 2005.
This announcement contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Actual results may differ significantly from management's expectations. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that include, among others, risks related to potential future losses, significant amount of indebtedness, competition, strategic alliances and business combinations, seasonality, potential fluctuations in operating results and rate of growth, foreign currency, management of potential growth, system interruption, international expansion, consumer trends, fulfillment center optimization, inventory, limited operating history, government regulation and taxation, fraud and Amazon.com Payments, and new business areas. More information about factors that potentially could affect Amazon.com's financial results is included in Amazon.com's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2001 and all subsequent filings.
About National Leisure Group
National Leisure Group, Inc. (NLG) is a leading provider of vacation packages and cruises sold directly to consumers through its own brands (i.e. Vacation Outlet, The Vacation Store) and through world-class affiliate partners via television, internet, direct marketing, and retail. NLG provides world class vacation and cruise products, technology, operations support, and private label fulfillment solutions to many major online and offline retailers of vacation packages and cruises including Amazon Travel. NLG has combined its 15 years of experience in selling vacations and cruises with an industry leading technology team to help build the most convenient consumer tools for the online shopping and booking of vacations and cruises. NLG has 800 employees with locations in Boston, MA; Virginia Beach, VA; and Phoenix, AZ.