Friday, May 11, 2007

EXCLUSIVE - TravelMail screen shots they don't want you to see just yet

[UPDATES at the bottom]

Much fun to be had today...

Within a few hours of the previous post, about the launch of TravelMail.co.uk, a cheeky reader from the tech department of a tour operator emailed us with some links into the site - which are live!

We don't want to ruin the party next week, of course, so readers will have to fathom it out themselves - but here are some screen grabs from around the site.





UPDATE: We've already had a call from Associated Newspapers asking who is our source. You've got to laugh at the irony of it all...

UPDATE 2: Associated has started pulling down some of the main pages of the site - such as the homepage - and replacing them with the holding page.

Kevin May, editor, Travolution

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11 comments:

JOHNFRANKS said...

You are one cheeky bu*ger, Mr May.

Bet you don't have an invite to the party!!

Travolution Blogger said...

JohnFranks: Not cheeky. Just got some good contacts for this one.

Darren Cronian said...

I think I found my way through the back door. It's nice looking, but not as nice as Times Travel.

Travolution Blogger said...

Darren: yes, it really isn't very difficult.

Anonymous said...

I have no IT or web knowledge and have never done anything like this before, but I've just found it too so it must be very simple...

MLF said...

Yes, a stray cat just walked past my house, came in, tapped a few keys on the keyboard, and found it.

Darren Cronian said...

Kev, yep, very easy, unbelieveable really, all this build up and they do something so silly!

So, anyway, where's the party?!

Anonymous said...

As you can have a website without a homepage - I think they are legally live now?

Seems like a bit of a mashup of multiple services to me - blogs powered by Typepad, holidays from teletext, maps from Google....

If you want a real exclusive, looks like they have a relationship with lastminute.com "up their sleeve" - and not currently linked in. The lastminute engine provides them with Eurostar, hotels, flights, flights & hotels.... Maybe this was dropped in favour of the teletext system they currently have there.....

see http://book.travelmail.co.uk for the lastminute version of the site.

Anonymous said...

Is there no news today? Any publication that uses terms like 'How we broke the story and revealed exclusive pictures' sounds like a tabloid newspaper - is this a forum for informed analysis or a place to exchange idle industry gossip?

Travolution Blogger said...

anonymous: it's a shame. if only a screen could indicate how much one's tongue is firmly planted in one's cheek.

anyway, Travolution has been blogging live and making speeches all weekend in Portgual, so why perhaps you feel today's bulletin is a little light on the hard news you require.

i don't think revealing screen shots from one of the most eagerly anticipated travel sites in the UK is "exchanging idle industry gossip".

ourman said...

It seems kind of ironic that the Daily Mail even has a travel page.

Let's face it if the rest of the world adopted their "Foreigners Go Home" mantra, traveling would be a little less than fun.

However it's probably worth keeping an eye on. If the Daily Mail tells its reader to holiday somewhere then I'd like to know in advance so I can give it a wide berth.