Travelzoo plans European launches for meta engine

Travelzoo plans to launch European versions of its new meta search engine in 2009, Travolution can reveal.

The deals publishing company unveiled its new meta search service last week, just days after announcing it paid $1.8 million for the domain.

Bosses plans to run the new wing of the business separate from the existing and successful Travelzoo arm.

It is unknown which countries will be targeted first in the European market, although Travolution understands that approaches have been made to purchase other ‘fly’-related domains in Europe.

Brian Clark, senior vice president and general manager for search products at Travelzoo who is heading, told Travolution there will “cross-populating” between and, with deals from Travelzoo appearing on search results in the meta search engine.

He added: “ content is much more penetrating than the deals content as displayed via Travelzoo’s travel deals.”

Fares on are said to be from a number of sources, including GDSs. There are no plans to actively “scrape” fares into unless a supplier requests it, Clark said.

Europe managing director Chris Loughlin told Travolution: “ allows airlines who want additional distribution to take advantage of a new medium, obviously the url is a natural magnate. For consumers, we are offering more choice and greater ease.

The technology powering was custom built by Travelzoo over the past 12 months. Clark was formerly vice president for sales and marketing at Virgin America.

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