Interesting that Expedia should suddenly come up in conversation. Just yesterday I had an e-mail from them inviting me to be on their International Hotelier Panel.

What a joke that was and a complete wast of time to send to Australia?

I tried to answer the initial link survey and because it was written in 'American', nothing in it applied to me. All answers had to go in the ‘other’ box, with the end result a rather curt message ‘thank you for your interest. However, at this time, we are looking for survey respondents who fit a different profile’.

O.K. so what is the ‘profile fit’? Australia was not even one of the countries listed; so must not fit. Type of establishment was solely called ‘hotel’; so motels don’t fit. And so on.

I flicked them an e-mail for explanation and am awaiting a response.