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Neil Cumming, Managing Director of ETC Asia Co. Ltd. has announced that the company has acquired the rights to the domain ETC Asia is part of the Asia Web Direct Group, based in Phuket, Thailand.

Asia Web Direct operate more than 100 regional travel sites, including,, and the last-minute hotel booking site,

The group aims to transform into Thailand's leading travel website. It will promote Bangkok as a major tourist destination and as the gateway to S.E. Asia. Like the group's other travel sites, it will provide a showcase for local hotels, tour operators and other businesses to promote their products and services to thousands of web visitors every day.

"With 10 years' experience of operating travel websites, we are confident that we can achieve our aim." said Mr. Cumming. "Our site gets around 16,000 visitors a day, and generates over ten thousand hotel bookings a year. should easily exceed this as most visitors to Thailand and the region use Bangkok as a gateway."

"Unlike most hotel and travel booking sites, we don't want to compete with hotels own websites and undercut their rates." he added. Hotels and tour operators that choose to offer their services directly can have their own presence on the site. They will be able to directly enter room availability, room rates and special offers. These are featured on the site for visitors to choose the ones most suitable. "Most of our users like to browse several hotel offerings before booking online. Our site is designed for this. Visitors appreciate the wide choice and the useful information on the site. They also like the fact that their bookings are instantly confirmed and guaranteed online."

Outstanding design, great content, stunning photos, and advanced technology will ensure that the site is a joy to visit and a pleasure to use. It features the group's own WebDirect real-time booking system and many other technical innovations. Links to and from the group's other sites in Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and China will help to promote traffic and business.

For more information, contact Neil Cumming at ETC Asia Co. Ltd., Muang Mai Building, 9/17 Moo 6, Thepkasattri Road, Phuket 83000, Thailand.

Phone 076 236550,
Fax 076 236542

The Asia Web Direct Group consists of several related companies in the Internet Travel business.

Asia Web Direct (HK) Ltd., based in Hong Kong, is the holding company and is a joint venture between Thai, UK, Hong Kong and Malaysian investors. It operates through subsidiaries in Thailand and Malaysia.

Phuket Dot Com Limited, based in Phuket Thailand, owns and operates the successful travel destination website,, and many other travel and hotel booking sites in Southern Thailand. It has a branch office in Koh Samui.

Asia Web Direct Co. Ltd., also based in Phuket, developed the advanced WebDirect real-time reservation system. Other developments include on-line payment gateways, interactive forums, restaurant, shopping and property database systems and web page generation systems. It also operates the advanced last-minute booking site,

ETC Asia Co. Ltd. operates a series of travel information sites like (and supporting domains like,,, etc.), plus a range of sites in Indochina developed in co-operation with national tourism authorities, including,, and many others.

Asia Web Direct (M) Sdn. Bhd., based in Kuala Lumpur, operates travel portals and hotel booking sites in Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Langkawi and Malacca. It also operates in Singapore, Hong Kong and Bali.

Andaman Graphics Co. Ltd. is one of Thailand's leading web design companies. In addition the group's own portals, it has designed award-winning sites for individual properties, like Laguna Beach Resort Phuket, Trisara Phuket and Holiday Inn Phuket, plus some of the region's most beautiful image gallery sites, including and


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