Timeline of key events
Wotif has come a long way since its launch in the early dotcom days in the year 2000. The business started out in a humble garage office in Brisbane with an idea that would transform the travel industry in Australia: people love a great travel deal, simple as that.
Today, Wotif is internationally recognised as a leader in online travel, and has one of the most recognised online travel brands in Australia and New Zealand.
The original idea of ‘Wotif’ was born in a garage in Spring Hill, Brisbane with ‘standbyaccom.com’ : online, 7-day accommodation booking window
March: Wotif.com was launched: 60 properties, 14-day accommodation booking window
Innovations included: Live inventory, Instant confirmation, Supplier control, rate comparison matrix
Wotif.co.nz goes live, and establishes Auckland office
October: Wotif.com introduces a 28 Day accommodation booking window
June: Wotif is listed on Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) as Wotif.com Holidays Limited under the code “WTF, and become known as ‘Wotif Group’
Wotif.com milestone: 10,000+ properties available on the site
Wotif Group acquires lastminute.com.au, travel.com.au and Asia Web Direct, expanding the Group’s presence into Asia.
Jan: Wotif.com expands to a 3-month booking window and releases iPhone site
Dec: Wotif Group acquires GoDo
Feb: Wotif launches flights (‘Wotflight’)
Wotif Group acquires Arnold Travel
Wotif Group establishes presence/offices in offices in AU, NZ, TH, MY, ID, SG, CA, and UK.
Wotif.com introduces hotel reviews
Wotif.com launches flights, and expands to offer 17,500+ hotelsin 56 Countries
Wotif.com expands to a 6-month booking window
Wotif.com expands to a 12-month booking window
Wotif introduces ‘dynamic packaging’
Nov: Wotif Group acquired by Expedia, Inc. for AUD$703million
Wotif Group Managing Director Daniel Finch appointed
Wotif.com refreshes logo, ‘The Home of Holidays’: Millions of rooms and hundreds of airlines flying to thousands of destinations.
Wotif sites transition to Expedia technology and celebrates 15 years of online travel in Australia and 12 years of travel in New Zealand
|2018||Wotif.com launches ‘Aussie For Travel’ and celebrates its 18th birthday in Australia.|
About Wotif Group
Wotif Group comprises the Wotif.com®, lastminute.com.au® and travel.com.au® brands in Australia, and Wotif.co.nz and lastminute.co.nz in New Zealand. Wotif.com launched in 2000, and listed on the Australian Securities Exchange in June 2006 as Wotif.com Holdings Limited, under the ASX code “WTF”. Wotif Group is now wholly owned by Expedia, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPE).
Wotif.com is a leading online holiday site in Australia and New Zealand, with one-in-two Aussies having travelled with Wotif since 2000. Wotif launched in Brisbane, Australia in March 2000 and established an office in New Zealand in 2003.
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