The Qantas Group is set to make a move into the accommodation sector, with the upcoming launch of a new travel accommodation website, Hooroo.
Announced this morning, the new online platform is aimed at delivering inspirational holiday ideas, with the opportunity to discover untold stories, inside tips and share travel experiences.
Going live on 18 July 2012, the site will allow potential travellers to sign up to an email subscription to receive “cool hidden deals”.
In other Qantas news, the Qantas Group has also submitted an application to the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) requesting a joint venture co-ordination agreement with Jetstar, according to The Australian.
Without the agreement the Qantas Group said it “would not continue to establish or support Jetstar low cost carriers in Asia or be in a position to achieve the objectives of the Jetstar pan-Asia strategy”.
The move to integrate the management operations between the two airlines is said to benefit consumers with the promise of “lower prices, better connectivity, innovation and increased in-bound tourism”.
Qantas has claimed Jetstar’s ability to enhance and grow will be limited if the agreement is not approved.
“It may also have adverse implications for the viability of the significant fleet order placed with Airbus in 2011, the engine order with CFM International in April, 2012, and Jetstar Airways' ability to afford new technologies, including the A320neo,” the carrier said.
Qantas has launched joint venture, Jetstar-branded airlines in Singapore, Vietnam and Japan, with a fourth in Hong Kong currently awaiting approval.