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Online travel firms scramble to partner

As online travel companies merge, analysts foresee a potential shakeout in the market, with smaller companies looking to partner with established leaders.

 

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As online travel companies merge, analysts foresee a potential shakeout in the market, with smaller companies looking to partner with established leaders.

"There has been a horse race where [Preview, Travelocity, and Expedia] have run neck-and-neck."

- Preview founder James Hornthal

 


Will travel industry see shakeout online?
Following the Travelocity-Preview Travel merger, industry observers predict more deals to come, as players in the online travel business maneuver to gain market share and clout with suppliers.

Investors flying high on Preview Travel
The company that started out as producer of television travel shows is now a Wall Street darling in the wake of yesterday's announced merger with Travelcity.com.

AOL, Sabre enter 5-year, $200 million deal
America Online says it and Sabre Holdings entered a five-year $200 million deal in which Sabre's Travelocity.com Web site will process all travel reservations booked through AOL's sites.

Sabre packs Preview Travel into Travelocity.com
Travel services provider Sabre Holdings says it will buy online travel company Preview Travel and combine it with its own Internet-based travel service, Travelocity.com.