TRAVELFLASH NEWS - Issue 14 (20 October 1997)
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Last week's Top Site survey brought in a good response and,
I believe, interesting results. Clear leader was Travelocity
followed closely by Lonely Planet with Expedia coming in
third. There then followed 2 further groups of sites with
not alot between them, namely The Trip, Preview Travel,
TravelWeb and Leisureplan. Ahead of the many sites who
received single votes were the final pack, including
Internet Travel Network, City Net, travlang, Best Fares and
So what does it all mean? Search me! :) Two of the top three
sites offer booking facilities, although if the on-line
booking results are anything to go by, most users are
testing the sites functionalities rather than booking,
leading to Expedia's controversial decision to exclude
repeat 'offenders'. Yet, even if we accept that there is
more looking than booking at the moment, there is certainly
great interest in booking sites.
Has anything changed in the past year? Let's have a look a
the October report from /TRAVMAG/ in 1996:
/TRAVMAG/ Top Five (spontaneous recall) OCTOBER
Placings are based on non-cumulative monthly figures.
1= Travelocity / 1= Lonely Planet/ 2. Virtual Tourist
3. TravelWeb / 4= 1travel 4= City Net / 5. Eaasy Sabre
In October (96) Travelocity has maintained a strong position
but Lonely Planet has also enjoyed a recovery. Virtual
Tourist hits its highest placing ever and TravelWeb climbs
again. NEW ENTRY at 4= is 1travel (http://www.1travel.com),
a new a popular travel hub. City Net still strong.
Eaasy Sabre move in at 5. NEW ENTRY for an old site, but
another indication, with 1travel, of how booking sites are
raising their profile.
Bubbling under this month are Fodor's, Conde Naste, Hyde
Travel, and Time Out, Holiday-Rentals and World Travel
Guide. [Footnote: Travelocity had only just hit top slot
after launch earlier in summer 96]
This week's survey:
a.For site owners who advertise: Are you happy with results?
b.For site surfers: Do you tend to try and avoid clicking
ads? Please state in response if you are a or b. Thank you
Countrywide Holidays, Britain's First Walking Holiday
Company have updated their Web Site to coincide
with the launch of the 1998 Countrywide Brochure.
International accommodation ratings can be confusing. Smooth
Hound Systems is one site that has made it easy for visitors
to Britain, sorting the crowns from your stars from the QQQ.
Sast Incentives & Special Events specialise in Southern
Africa & surrounding countries & organise itineraries for
groups, incentives & product launches as well as
conferences, providing assistance for anyone interested in
Southern Africa. <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>
Dreamworld Australian theme park, has made its way onto the
web. Designed to introduce & educate viewers about the 30-
hectare theme park. <http://www.dreamworld.com.au>
A two day executive conference - EMU and the Travel Industry
Preparing for the Introduction of the Euro - 13/14 January
1997, London. For more info, brochure contact Alison Wood at
IQPC on 00 44 (0)171 691 9191
Jazz star Charlie Hunter is to discuss his music & field
questions online in the travel/entertainment site
"Outtahere" on Tuesday, October 21 from 5-6pm (PST)& held in
the Travelive Chat auditorium <http://travelive.wvs.com>
New BALI travel FORUM News & views, straightforward opinions
& recent experiences, reported by residents & travellers.
Drive Europe NEWSLETTER now launched. View using browser at
<http://www.driveeurope.com/news97_10.htm> or subscribe to
receive via e-mail
Two Summit International Hotels, the Reef Hotel Casino in
Cairns & the Hotel Como in Melbourne, are offering
honeymooners special packages to March 98 @ A$802 /person.
Incolink publishes THE directory for the Incentive &
conference Industry listing DMC's, Hotels & Conference
venues Worldwide. INCOLINK <http://www.incolink.com>
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