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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 (,

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. <>



Dreamworld Australian theme park, has made its way onto the

web. Designed to introduce & educate viewers about the 30-

hectare theme park. <>



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 <>



New BALI travel FORUM News & views, straightforward opinions

& recent experiences, reported by residents & travellers.




Drive Europe NEWSLETTER now launched. View using browser at

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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 <>



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