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Travelocity APAC - Zuji get's new Boss - OTA media strategy

I picked up a story from The Boot (one of the blog's I regularly read) regarding the appointment of Roshan Mendis as the new President of Zuzi and the Regional Vice President of Travelocity Asia replacing Scott Blume previously Zuji CEO. There is a very confused interview by Siew Hoon with Scott Blume over at Web In Travel.


A couple of things in the interview got me thinking, one of those being his mention of the growth of the media model for Zuji, as with all the current crop of OTA's this hybrid model, transactional/media is very much on their minds. With traffic being so hard won and the value of their on line real estate being fully realised all OTA's are exploring how to supersize their ability to monetize their traffic.
A great example of this is on Travelocity.com in the states and lastminute.com in Europe with their Rate Finder application powered by sister companyigougo this very simple application based on a tiny bit of java script pop's up when a search has be…

The Friday round up of things to do this weekend

Some ideas of things to do in London this weekend,

Open Garden Squares weekend - London 13 - 14 June, 2009. So what's it all about? For one weekend the garden squares of London will be open to the public. A great way for you to discover some of London's hidden gems, for a full list of the gardens and squares participating click here

For something that really epitomises the old traditions, pomp and ceremony of this 'sceptred isle' you can't miss the Queens official birthday trooping of the colour, tickets to this even were by ballot at the start of the year but you can still get a great view of all the event if you head to the Mall and at the end of Green Park (arrive early though to get a good spot).

Another event on Saturday that is fast becoming a tradition is the 6th London Naked Bike Ride, over 1,000 naked cyclists will descend on Hyde Park for an inhuibition free cycle around the Capital's landmarks to raise awarness for and promote, a peaceful, imaginative a…

Ryanair slam Stansted Airport and BAA

In a press release this morning the Irish Low Cost Carrier, Ryanair called for the early sale of Stansted Airport after BAA's own figures that passenger traffic at the airport collapsed by 19% in May and highlighted that traffic has now plummeted by 15% at London Stansted in the first five months of 2009. Ryanair's Stephen McNamara said,
"Today's confirmation that London Stansted traffic has collapsed by 19% so far this year, proves that the Competition Commission's recommendation that that airport be sold is the only way to protect London tourism and jobs and we call for the fast-tracking of its sale in order to tackle the airport's plummeting traffic.
The abysmal performance of the BAA airports underlines the urgent need for government action to protect UK tourism and UK jobs...."

Myleene Klass get's sticky and easyjet mid air weddings become unstuck

I know, I know, it's a very weak sedge way between the story of Myleene Klaas getting stuck to her bed in a Costa Rican hotel and Luton Borough Council refusing to grant easyjet a licence to carry out mid-air wedding services but it was too good to resist.

The Irish Independant reported this week that the one time Queen of I'm a celebrity and now the face of the USA version found herself in a 'sticky' situation this week when she inadvertently applied a liberal coating of insect repellent only for it to react with the varnish on her bed. The poor girl had to be 'peeled slowly but surely' off her bed by hotel staff.

In totally unrelated news (but I need to justify my headline) easyjet the European low cost carrier have had their plans to offer mid-air wedding ceremony's come unstuck (sic!). The Luton based low cost carrier were planning to offer midair services and applied to Luton Borough Council for a licence. The Council (with impressive patience) told easy…