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Anasazi & Utell International have announced merger &

formation of new company, REZolutions Inc. - jointly

owned by Reed Elsevier plc & Anasazi Inc. with HQ in

Phoenix. Merger subject to regulatory approval.

<http://www.hotelbook.com> <http://www.anasazi.com>

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Hilton Hotels has added destination guides and interactive

mapping to its site for properties worldwide through an

agreement with Worldview Systems Corp. The system allows

entry of any U.S. street address to locate the nearest

Hilton hotel courtesy of Vicinity Mapping Corp.

<http://www.hilton.com> <http://www.wvs.com>

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SABRE has announced airline schedules are now available

through cellular phones where Travelocity and AT&T Wireless

Services combine to provide the AT&T PocketNet service.

Users can access information & applications like e-mail,

Internet & personal organizer via specially equipped

cellular phones.

<http://www.travelocity.com>

<http://www.travigator.com/hubs.htm>

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Southwest Airlines has announced Internet sale on fares to

and from Austin for on-line reservations on certain non-stop

flights.

<http://www.iflyswa.com>

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Australian Tourist Commission has created a new web site to

keep tourism professionals up to date on the latest news,

data, dates, trade events, marketing advice, promotional

materials, instant access to media releases and newsletters.

<http://www.aussie.net.au> <mailto:mwarner@atc.gov.au>

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Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts (35

properties) now uses THISCO (The Hotel Industry Switch

Company) connecting it to all of the global distribution

systems (GDS), enabling electronic reservations by travel

agents worldwide and HCC (The Hotel Clearing Corporation) is

now handling payment of agent commissions. Both part of

Pegasus. <mailto:karinw@thisco.com>

<http://www.hcc.com>

<http://www.Shangri-La.com>

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CICAR, a leading car hire company in the Canary Islands will

be on stand EM918 at World Travel Market,London in November.

<mailto:cicar@interlan-stc.es>

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The Manor Hotel near Windsor is offering a special weekend

rate of 25 pounds per person per night - excellent value for

this 4 Crown Commended hotel. Full details at:

<http://www.smoothhound.co.uk/hotels/manorc.html>

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Apartment 39 Lothian House, Edinburgh, Scotland. Luxury

short stays for 1-4; fully equipped; city centre location;

nightly rates for 2 from £60 <mailto:lothian39@hotmail.com>

<http://www.aboutscotland.co.uk/edin/lothian.html>

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