Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search


Websites Offer Best Global Choice of Low Fares

New United Travel & Holiday Shoppe Websites Offer Best Global Choice of Low Fares & Holidays

Launch of Multi-Million Dollar Booking Engine Gives NZ Consumers Access to More Than 200 Airlines, 1000 Airports & 200 Countries

AUCKLAND – November 9, 2007 - Stella Travel Services (Stella) today announced the launch of a multi-channel travel booking site for its United Travel and Holiday Shoppe brands that gives both New Zealand consumers and New Zealand’s largest group of travel retailers unrivalled online access to more than 200 airlines, 1000 airports and 200 countries.

The multi-million dollar booking engine, using the same technology as Stella’s award-winning Best Flights site in Australia, offers travellers the biggest worldwide network of destinations and airlines available online no matter where they are in the world, including flights on low-cost carriers such as Europe’s easyJet that are not available on other sites in New Zealand.

The new service is available under both Holiday Shoppe and United Travel brands – at and . The sites also include hotels, holiday packages, cruises and special deals.

“Whether travelling to Auckland or Azerbaijan, more and more New Zealanders are using the internet to plan and book their travel, so we wanted to provide not only a truly global online network, but also a multi-channel approach that links new online customers to our call centre and full-service retail travel shops across New Zealand,” said Tony Moffatt, Group General Manager - Retail at Stella Travel Services. “Our strategy is to grow both our online and offline business, and we believe this new service will boost sales performance of our 173 retail shops.

The online booking process, for example, links consumers to their local retail shop, by providing the shop’s contact details for follow-up enquiries and offering an “opt-in” selection for special deals and information.

Online customers will also benefit from United Travel and Holiday Shoppe loyalty programmes. United Travel customers can collect Fly Buys points, and Holiday Shoppe customers can earn American Express Membership Rewards Points when booking travel online.

Stella plans to introduce more products and functionality to the sites progressively over the coming months, Mr. Moffatt said. The second stage will concentrate on car rentals and a greater choice of hotels around the world.

The new service will be promoted through a nationwide Press and Television campaign.

“As a long-time travel industry leader, we are delighted to bring this world-class booking site to New Zealanders and believe it significantly improves the travel choices now available online,” Mr. Moffatt said. “We will continue to improve these sites with more products, destination information and travel inspiration.”

About Stella Travel Services

Stella Travel Services in New Zealand is part of the Stella Group – the largest integrated travel company in Australia/New Zealand, encompassing accommodation and travel services. The Group was established in 2005 and is wholly owned by MFS. MFS Limited is a funds management and investment company engaged in investment and financing activity throughout New Zealand and Australia.

About Holiday Shoppe

As New Zealand’s longest established retail travel brand, Holiday Shoppe prides itself on offering professional and expert service to leisure, business and group travellers. Part of the largest integrated travel company in Australia and New Zealand, Holiday Shoppe can offer customers an unrivalled range of quality travel products and services along with exceptional value. With more than 76 fully franchised shops throughout New Zealand, Holiday Shoppe owners and staff take pride in providing ‘Operational Standards’ in all areas of our business. Most of all, they believe that customer satisfaction is paramount to everything they do.

About United Travel

United Travel is New Zealand’s longest trading franchised travel agency group, with more than 35 years in the business. A trusted and recommended brand, United Travel values innovation, passion and knowledge from the more than 300 staff who work at its 96 stores. Part of the largest integrated travel company in Australia and New Zealand, United Travel caters for both leisure and corporate travellers. United Travel offers many competitive advantages, including Fly Buys.


© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


Commerce Commission: Latest Broadband Report Confirms Improved Performance Of Premium Fibre Plans

The latest report from the Commerce Commission’s Measuring Broadband New Zealand programme shows that the performance of Fibre Max plans has improved substantially. This follows a collaboration between the Commission, its independent testing partner, ... More>>

Air New Zealand: Capital Raise Deferred

Air New Zealand has decided to defer its planned capital raise to later in 2021 allowing more time to assess the impacts of recent developments on the airline’s path to recovery. 'We’ve seen some clearing of COVID-19 clouds recently, with ... More>>

Commerce Commission: Cartel Conduct Now Punishable By Up To 7 Years’ Jail Time

Cartel conduct can now be punished with a term of imprisonment of up to 7 years, after the Commerce (Criminalisation of Cartels) Amendment Act 2019 came into effect today. Cartel conduct includes price fixing, market allocation and bid rigging (see ... More>>

Stats NZ: Auckland Population May Hit 2 Million In Early 2030s

Auckland’s population may rise from about 1.7 million currently to 2 million by early next decade, Stats NZ said today. “Auckland will likely have the highest average annual growth of New Zealand’s 16 regions over the next 30 years, from ... More>>

Stats NZ: March Card Spending Rebounds Despite COVID

There was a lift in retail card spending in March following a fall in the lockdown-disrupted February month, Stats NZ said today. Seasonally adjusted retail card spending rose by $53 million (0.9 percent), compared with February 2021. Visit our website to read ... More>>

PwC: Outcome Of Review Into Air New Zealand Gas Turbines Business

Air New Zealand has received the report into its Gas Turbines business from independent external advisers PwC. Air New Zealand Chairman Dame Therese Walsh says the report identified a range of effective controls in the Gas Turbines revenue contracting ... More>>

LPG Association: Renewable LPG Achieves Emissions Budgets With No Need To Ban New LPG Connections

Renewable LPG can supply New Zealand’s LPG needs and achieve the emissions reductions proposed by the Climate Commission without the need to ban new connections, a new study shows. The investigation, by leading consultancy Worley, was prepared for the ... More>>