Wednesday, July 14, 2004
Sydney, July 14, 2004: Qantas Holidays has launched a new online accommodation booking facility designed and built by Sydney company Viator Systems, better known as the world leader in selling destination activities on the web.
The Qantas Holidays initiative, known as ReadyRooms, allows consumers to book 'last-minute' Australian hotel rooms through the Qantas web site.
ReadyRooms is designed to meet the needs of people who want to book accommodation in Australia within 14 days.
It is the latest initiative by Qantas Holidays to offer more travel products online reflecting strong consumer demand for hotel bookings on the web.
Viator introduced a similar facility for British Airways and has been working with Qantas Holidays on the ReadyRooms project for the past six months.
CEO Rod Cuthbert said the Qantas Holidays and British Airways technology contracts reflect the world-class expertise of Viator staff - in particular their ability to create e-commerce solutions for the travel industry.
"Technology licensing is an important part of our business that may soon rival our core activity, selling destination activities on the web," Cuthbert said.
He added that Viator would continue working with Qantas Holidays on ReadyRooms.
"The online travel industry is moving very quickly and it is crucial that travel sites continually evolve," he said.
Head of Qantas Holidays, Simon Bernardi, said ReadyRooms is the first of a number of web projects the company has planned.
"Viator have a great understanding of the travel market and this has helped make this project an immediate success, and we think consumers will agree when they visit the site," said Bernardi.
Qantas Corporate Communications
Besides its technology licensing business, Viator is the online world's leading seller of travel add-ons: tours, attractions, theme parks and transfers. The company handles over 2500 passengers each day, principally US and UK residents travelling within the US and Europe.
It accepts direct bookings through www.viator.com and through a network of over 1,000 affiliated web sites, including Orbitz, Travelocity, Hotwire, Sabre & Galileo. Viator's database comprises 4,000 products in 44 countries, representing more than 300 travel suppliers.
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