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31 March 2008

LAS VEGAS, Nevada -- Owners of the tourism Web site are taking their act international.

The Las Vegas-based company behind the site is scheduled to announce a partnership today with the owners of, a Web site aimed at attracting tourism to Mexico.

The deal calls for a revamp of that is scheduled to go live today. The revised site will sell air-hotel packages, cruises, tours and travel advice.

The services available on are similar to what offers for Las Vegas visitors.

"We're going to bring the expertise, technology and attention to the customer that we've mastered in Vegas to," President Howard Lefkowitz said in a statement.

The deal means will be run from Las Vegas by employees while operatives in Mexico provide content. already has bilingual staff members who work on the Spanish-language version of the Las Vegas site who will contribute to the Mexico site. spokeswoman Pamela Johnston said the small staff at will remain employed.

"They are going to be helping out with the content; not all of their roles are defined," Johnston said.

She said currently employs about six people and that the partnership means will add jobs in business development and content, but she didn't say how many. has about 500 employees.

The Phoenix-based airline US Airways will also participate in the venture between the two Web sites.

The airline brings more passengers to and from Las Vegas than any airline besides Southwest and is among the top carriers of passengers from the United States to Mexico.

Lately, however, US Airways has been cutting back on nighttime service to Las Vegas, citing high fuel costs and lower fares for nighttime flights. partners with is republished from