Check-in: Hotels will continue to enjoy strong sales growth from Global Distribution Systems and the Internet through 2006, according to TravelCLICK. The company said revenue from the GDS and web was up by almost 11% in the last quarter of 2005. According to leading industry consultant PhoCusWright, 2006 will be the year that supplier or brand sites overtake third party sites in terms of percentage of online hotel bookings.
 
Viral: You all know that Tourism Australia’s ‘Where The Bloody Hell Are You Campaign’ has gone ballistic – but have you seen the spoof? Check out www.downwindmedia.com.au where a couple of different versions can be downloaded but you’ll need Quicktime to play.
 
Shooting Star: The international online bookings of the Qantas Group are set to surge with the announcement that Low Cost Carrier Jetstar will fly to six destinations in Asia and the Pacific – Bangkok, Phuket, Osaka, Ho Chi Minh City, Bali and Honolulu. Jetstar will “ultimately provide more services to Asia and the Pacific before expanding with second stage flying to Europe,” Qantas CEO Geoff Dixon said. Meanwhile, the Australian Airlines brand will be retired for the second time.  
 
Money Talks: Martin Symes, for many year Executive Director, Commercial, at Zuji, has joined travel search engine Bezurk as CEO. “He will also make a financial investment in the company and become a significant shareholder,” the company said in an announcement.
 
 
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