Thistle offers 8% pay on promotional rates

LONDON -- Bucking recent commission trends, Thistle Hotels here is paying agents 8% on bookings of its "Value London" promotional rates whether booked by phone, CRS or the Internet.

"This is the first time we have been able to offer commission on such competitive rates, which can also be booked multichannel," said Keith Brown, senior director of leisure and travel at Thistle.

The "Value London" promotion offers savings of up to 60% on nightly rates at 24 hotels around London, including airport hotels at Heathrow and Gatwick; two "country house" hotels on the city outskirts, and a wide range of centrally located properties.

Rates range from about $48 per person, double, to around $82, including continental or full English breakfast, service charges and tax.

A minimum stay of two consecutive nights is required from Monday to Thursday; single nights are permitted on weekends.

Thistle Hotels is the largest hotel operator in London, with 24 properties in the city.

To book or for more information, call (800) 847-4358, access code TI via the CRS or visit www.thistlehotels.com.

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