22 June 2007: A UK company called Active Tourist has launched a tourism search engine which it claims is the World´s largest.
Activetourist.com has over 16 million indexed web pages and gathers together a wide range of websites across the tourism sector, from flights and accommodation to travel agents and tour operators.
Other features of the search engine include a section where companies can submit their website, a currency converter, and a directory section where tourism businesses can display their details for £10 a year. It also filters the results so that only one page is ever returned from any one website.
Founder George Phillipson, who decided to set up the site after a search for holidays to the Lake District on Google returned multiple pages from the same websites, said Activetourist.com had handled 25,000 searches since it launched on Sunday.
UK firm launches 'World's largest' tourism search engine