On-line travel agency Ebookers.com has appointed GCI Focus on
six-figure fees to handle its European financial media and investor
The agency replaces incumbent Bankside Consultants. The pitch also
involved Citigate Dewe Rogerson and Gavin Anderson.
Ebookers sells negotiated discount fares, hotel bookings, holiday
insurance and car hire. Bankside had handled the listing of Ebookers on
both NASDAQ and the Neuer market in November. It raised pounds 38
million by selling 20 per cent of its equity.
The account will be managed from London by GCI Focus MD Alex Mackey, but
will also involve the agency’s offices in France, Germany, Finland,
Norway and Sweden.
Mackey said: ’Ebookers is a genuine European company, although
headquartered in London. The programme needs a hub so it makes sense to
run it from London.’ According to Mackey, the programme will include the
company’s financial results, as well as promoting it to future
acquisitions and investors.
GCI Focus will report to Ebookers finance director Sanjiv Talwar and
Ebookers CEO Dinesh Dhamija. The agency’s other internet-related clients
include web hosting company Integra and Redstone Telecom.
- GCI Focus has been appointed by Cantor Index, the new financial spread
betting service due to launch later this year, after a non-competitive