A research analyst for the company told Travel Today that while “there’s no denying that the deal would boost position of the combined entity online, it is worth noting that three-fourths of ANZ’s accommodation bookings are still fulfilled offline”. “The offline market, too, is largely consolidated. Hybrid presence of leading retailers through expansive franchisee networks and their active marketing promotions cannot be dismissed or overlooked,” PhoCusWright research analyst, Asia Pacific, Chetan Kapoor said. According to Kapoor, the Australia/New Zealand region has amongst the lowest hotel commission rates globally, regardless if the Wotif acquisition took place. Get the full story at TTravel Weekly Australia Read also "Booking.com now Australia's biggest" at the Sydney Morning Herald