Sitecore Site of the Year for International Region won by Thomas Cook Travel Group

Freshly launched  website delivers powerful combination of lively and relevant content that brings destinations home to millions of customers

San Francisco, March 31, 2008 – Sitecore, the leading provider of .NET Web Content Management System (CMS) software, today announced that Thomas Cook Travel Group, a leading international leisure travel group has been named the International Sitecore Site of the Year. Thomas Cook has a portfolio of market leading travel brands across Europe and North America. Utilizing Sitecore’s Web CMS, the new website brings a complete and seamless online experience for its customers, clearly providing customers with compelling content that make them excited to book a trip with the company.

Throughout Sitecore’s wide International Region which contains hundreds of sites, nominations from partners and customers identified ways in which their sites created more effective business processes and advanced their online strategies. The Sitecore judges considered creativity, integration with rich data sources and applications, ability to educate, inform and motivate to action, and the overall user experience.

Several features distinguish the winning Thomas Cook Travel sites. They have deployed a highly configurable eCommerce system that increased their total number of online sales for its multiple brands, as well as more than 1,000 co-branded sites across multiple countries. Customers can now see more details about relevant destinations or trip packages, and search for additional information. Moreover, Thomas Cook Travel provides product channels that direct customers into the sections of the site that most reflect their interests.

“By combining the strengths of Sitecore and other technologies, we’re able to give our customers a compelling, interactive experience,” said, Wim Vermaesen, IT Director of Thomas Cook Travel. “Our sales have increased as a result of Sitecore and our new website.”

Sitecore enables Thomas Cook Travel to leverage information from its merchandising system and extend and enrich it to create a compelling user experience on the site. Additionally, Sitecore provides an extensive range of well-documented API's, allowing fast and powerful integration development of customer service and merchandising functions. This enables Thomas Cook Travel to transparently integrate Sitecore’s technology with other applications such as Fredhopper Access Server, SQL Server SSIS, and AJAX technologies to deliver a captivating user experience.

“This was clearly a huge project, and it’s not often that you see a Web Content Management Solution involved in application type sites,” said Peter Oyserman, President, Delaware Consulting. “Sitecore’s architecture allowed us to bring together several different technologies to seamlessly create an amazing customer experience. Sitecore offers great integration capabilities, and we have taken advantage of that to deliver a top-notch solution to the Thomas Cook Group.”

Thomas Cook Group plc is a leading international leisure travel group, with a portfolio of market leading travel brands across Europe and North America. Each year more than 19 million people choose to travel with Thomas Cook Group plc, buying their holidays from Thomas Cook Group’s network of more than 3,000 owned or franchised travel stores, online or through a call center.

“We were thoroughly impressed with how the Thomas Cook Travel Group has been able to enrich and enhance their sites,” said Torben Brams, Vice President, International Sales, Sitecore. “We congratulate the company for its achievement in taking advantage of the capabilities of Sitecore’s Web CMS to offer a powerful combination of lively and relevant content that brings its destinations home to its customers.”

About Sitecore

Sitecore’s Web Content Management System (CMS) and focused software solutions enable companies to deliver compelling web experiences. Sitecore’s award-winning CMS software makes it easy for businesses to create and keep up-to-date dynamic, full featured Web sites of all types. Sitecore’s industry leading flexibility and scalability allows companies to better leverage their content to improve customer experience and drive business growth.

Thousands of public and private organizations, including national governments and Fortune 500 companies utilize Sitecore solutions for their Web sites. These organizations have created and now manage over 5000 dynamic Web sites with Sitecore including Microsoft, Sara Lee, Siemens, Toshiba, Omni Hotels, Computer Associates, WebTrends and Atlanta Falcons.

About Thomas Cook Travel Group plc 

Thomas Cook Group plc was formed on 19 June 2007 by the merger of Thomas Cook AG and MyTravel Group plc. The new company is one of the world’s leading leisure travel groups with sales of around £9 billion (€12 billion), 19 million customers, 30,000 employees, a fleet of 97 aircraft, a network of over 3,000 owned or franchised travel stores and a number of hotels and resort properties. It has operations in four regions: UK & Ireland; Continental Europe (Germany, Austria, Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Poland, Hungary, Slovenia and Slovakia); Northern Europe (Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland) and North America (Canada and USA); and German airlines operating under the Condor brand.

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Sitecore gives our customers a compelling, interactive experience and, as a result, our sales have increased.

- Wim Vermaesen, Thomas Cook