Global leader in food service and hospitality announces Australian properties available for booking on global distribution systems. 
BUFFALO, NY (June 5, 2012)Delaware North Companies’ iconic Australian resorts are now live on all major Global Distribution Systems (GDS) platforms: Amadeus, Worldspan, Sabre and Galileo. GDS connects millions of travel producers on a centralized platform for bookings around the world. 
“Delaware North Companies is pleased to announce the arrival of our iconic Australian properties on to the GDS,” said Donald Foste, director of travel industry sales and marketing for Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts. “Our focus is to strengthen our existing relationships and expand our reach within the travel agent community. We are committed to the travel agent community and are consistently looking for ways to innovate, that will engage our partners and assist in making the booking process easier.”
“Travel Agents now have the tools to book their clients into the private island sanctuary of Lizard Island Resort, on the Great Barrier Reef, just named the number one resort by Australia Gourmet Traveler, or visit the Red Rock Center at Kings Canyon for an authentic outback experience and the incredible Wilderness Nature Park and El Questro in the northern region of Western Australia,” added Bob Gilbert, vice president of sales and marketing for Delaware North’s Parks & Resorts division.
These systems allow travel agents the ability to book a trip on any of the company’s Australian resorts, including all of the following: 
Kings Canyon Resort (id YX51913)
Take a break from exploring the Australian landscape of Watarrka National Park with a stay at the luxurious Kings Canyon Resort.  Nothing could be better after a day of hiking than a comfortable room, a delicious meal at Carmichael’s Restaurant & Lounge Bar and a trip to one of the resort’s deluxe spas rooms.
El Questro Homestead (id YX51909)
The El Questro Homestead is a hidden jewel within rugged Western Australia.  Lounge around under the shade of a native tree, soak in the thermal springs and enjoy gourmet meals, either in the resort or on a picnic elsewhere.
Totaling almost one million acres in size, the El Questro Wilderness Park is one of the world’s last untouched landscapes, located in the eastern section of Kimberley. The park features four major river systems, plains, gorges, rainforests, waterfalls and an abundance of animals.
Heron Island Resort (id YX51912)
Heron Island Resort is truly a special place, located directly above the Great Barrier Reef, 89 kilometers off the coast of Queensland. With the reef literally at one’s fingertips, this luxury location is perfect for swimmers, divers and people who enjoy snorkeling, or for anyone who just wants to get away from the crowds and relax on the island’s pristine beaches.
Lizard Island Resort (id YX51906)
This most northern Great Barrier Reef Island has 24 powdery white beaches and is undisturbed except for its few visitors. Some of the world’s most famous diving sites are located nearby, and guests have a choice of staying in a private suite, villa or pavilion. Lizard Island was recently named Best Resort/Lodge in Australia at the Australian Gourmet Traveller 2012 Travel Awards.
Wilson Island Resort ( id YX51907)
This exclusive island getaway offers guests an up-close view of the Great Barrier Reef as nature intended, without any of the distractions of modern day living. In January 2011, Wilson Island was recommended by Condé Nast Traveller as one of the ten best island resorts on the Great Barrier Reef.
About Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts
Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts is an industry leader, providing Stewardship and Hospitality in Special Places SM with hotel, retail, food service, recreation and transportation operations at historic and scenic properties in North America and Australia. The company operates Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida; in Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Sequoia and Yosemite national parks, including The Ahwahnee and other Yosemite lodges; The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake in Ohio; Gideon Putnam Resort in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.; and in Niagara Falls State Park. The company also owns and operates Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite; Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa in British Columbia; the Park Gate Lodges at Yellowstone, which are the West Yellowstone Holiday Inn, Gray Wolf Inn and Suites and Yellowstone Park Hotel, all located at the park’s west gate in West Yellowstone, Mont.; and five luxury resorts in Australia: Lizard Island Resort, Heron Island Resort, Wilson Island Resort, Kings Canyon Resort and El Questro Homestead and Wilderness Park. To learn more about Delaware North Companies’ hospitality management expertise, visit http://www.delawarenorth.com/parks-and-resorts-home.aspx.

About Delaware North Companies
Delaware North Companies is one of the world’s leading hospitality and food service companies. Its family of companies includes Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts, Delaware North Companies Gaming & Entertainment, Delaware North Companies Travel Hospitality Services, Delaware North Companies Sportservice, Delaware North Companies International and Delaware North Companies Boston, owner of TD Garden. Delaware North Companies is one of the largest and most admired privately held companies in the world with revenues exceeding $2.5 billion annually and 55,000 associates serving half a billion customers in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. For more information, visit www.DelawareNorth.com. 


Emma Abbott
Delaware North Companies
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