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Sydney, Australia, 4 February 2010 – HotelsCombined.com — the world’s leading hotel search engine and price aggregator — proudly announces Hichame Assi as the new Head of Strategy - Online Marketing. In this role, Hichame will lead a number of product development and online marketing initiatives.
“With experience in both information technology and eCommerce strategy, Hichame is a dynamic addition to the HotelsCombined.com team,” said Michael Doubinski, General Manager HotelsCombined.com. “Through further development of strategic online platforms and subsequent marketing, HotelsCombined.com will no doubt continue to shine as the worldwide hotel meta-search engine leader, offering the very best product for our users and our partners,” added Doubinski.
Hichame’s longstanding career in the online travel industry includes nine years at OctopusTravel.com, where he most recently served as General Manager of the Australia/New Zealand division, re-building its presence and introducing a successful online marketing strategy in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore.
Previously, Hichame worked as Head of eCommerce for OnHoliday Group in London, during which time he was nominated by Travolution – the UK's leading publication for the online travel industry – for the Rising Star award recognizing up-and-coming talents in the online travel industry.
Hichame is currently working on a PhD in Social Networking and Open Innovation through the University of London, where he also earned a Master of Science in eCommerce in 2004. “I’m really looking forward to working with such a dynamic and smart team and helping to extend the HotelsCombined.com social and commercial network functionality,” said Hichame. “As online travel booking continues to change the face of global travel, my main priority will be to help make www.HotelsCombined.com the most comprehensive hotel search engine with the most interactive and personal experience,” he said.
HotelsCombined.com is the world’s leading hotel search engine, with a database of more than 200,000 hotels from 195 countries. The site streamlines the largest amount of real-time international hotel deals into one simple and efficient format, aggregating prices from prominent online travel agents and hotel chains, including Expedia.com, Travelocity.com, Booking.com, Hotels.com, Hilton Worldwide and Intercontinental Hotel Group. More than 6.5 million monthly HotelsCombined.com users compare multiple hotels simultaneously and then click directly to partner Web sites to make a reservation. With no mark-up fees or additional booking fees, HotelsCombined.com offers travelers a completely free and invaluable tool for finding unbeatable hotel deals.
HotelsCombined.com spokespeople are available as a media resource for expert quotes and hotel industry trend watching. In addition, customized statistical reports about worldwide booking and rate trends can be prepared quickly upon request.
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