Interview with Esteban Walther, Head of Travel—EMEA*, Google. Esteban Walther on advertising opportunities for the travel enterprise on Google search.
There isn't any mention of travel portal from Google.
A thought: Either Google acquires a meta travel search engine or integrates features from Local search, Maps, AdWords in 'n' languages, OneBox airfare search, Weather, Personalized search, and News to start a customized Google Travel Web site with single click OneBox searches for airfares and hotels.
It's a lucrative market and Google sure would be eyeing the advertising revenue from travel searches.
* EMEA: Europe, Middle East, and Africa.
- Have you tried Google's OneBox Airfare search?
Here's an example: Sao Paulo to Bombay
- Find global airfares with Mobissimo meta travel search engine.