Travelzoo is a global Internet media company. With 28 million members in North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific and 26 offices worldwide, Travelzoo publishes deals from more than 2,000 travel, entertainment and local businesses such as restaurants and spas. Travelzoo is the largest publisher of travel, entertainment and local deals.
Travelzoo employs more than 250 "Deal Experts" worldwide who research, evaluate, negotiate and test offers to find and confirm the best deals. Travelzoo Deal Experts are ex-journalists and researchers. Each deal published by Travelzoo is tested for accuracy, availability and overall ease of the booking process.
Companies pay to advertise their deals with Travelzoo, but only those approved by Travelzoo are listed.
In October 2015, Travelzoo’s CEO Chris Loughlin announced he would step down by the end of the year, to be succeeded temporarily by chairman Holger Bartel.
In October 1998, Travelzoo founder Ralph Bartel, a former print and television journalist, launched Travelzoo.com with an initial investment of $10,000. In September 2000, Travelzoo published its first Top 20 and e-mailed one million U.S. members. All deals were researched, evaluated and tested by Travelzoo Deal Experts. In December 2003, Travelzoo became publicly traded on the NASDAQ SmallCap Market under the ticker symbol "TZOO".
In April 2004, Travelzoo Inc. announced that the Company's publications had reached over 7.0 million members, a 75% increase over the 4.0 million members Travelzoo counted in April 2003.
On March 31, 2006, Travelzoo Inc. announced that Forbes.com rated the Travelzoo Web site as one of the best Web sites for travel-related information and travel deals.
Travelzoo acquired Travelzoo Asia Pacific in 2015 to take advantage of the region's increased travel growth.