The use of the search facility, which draws results from a number of online sources, has seen strong growth in places such as the US and Europe, with Australia lagging a little way behind. Australia-based Hotelscombined.com has been in operation since 2005, with its creation of an "all-encompassing" site offering rates from a range of travel sites in a centralised location. But the last two years have seen the arrival of UK flight search engine Skyscanner, US rival Kayak and Germany’s hotel-focused Trivago, with all confident the Australian market is ready for the influx. Skyscanner’s marketing manager ANZ Dave Boyte underlined impressive growth of 93% in its number of unique monthly visitors in the last year. Get the full story at Travel Weekly