According to a recent Travel Weekly article, hotels are becoming more and more frustrated with the perceived power that the Expedia group has, a statement that leads some industry analysts to predict that Amazon could change the hotel distribution game.
Skift, a leading travel news outlet, recently broke the news that Amazon has been in discussions with independent hotels to offer online bookings through a new travel site, expected to be released in early 2015. Although initial reactions have been mixed with regard to the move, two analysts are claiming that the internet giant could be a game changer. Continue reading
TripAdvisor and Yelp may be two of the largest companies in the world when it comes to seeking out advice from the average consumer, but these brands are also trying to expand their revenue streams by increasing booking options on each of their respective websites. Continue reading
A recent Google Travel study shared with the company’s Hotel Finder partners seems to be pointing to Google getting much more involved in travel bookings going forward, and the need to make the booking path more efficient. Continue reading
ResortsandLodges.com continues to be an innovator in the leisure travel site, and a recent release on the website will now allow travelers to search by a property’s availability throughout the site, an extension of the RALBook Availability Search and online booking feature. Continue reading
Last-minute hotel booking service HotelTonight has put in quite a great deal of work over the past three years to become the go-to mobile service for same-day hotel bookings. Up to this point, travelers who are using the mobile app have been able to reserve same-day hotel rooms from 9:00 am (the day of) for up to 70% below the standard price. Now the travel startup wants to expand its availability window. Continue reading
Despite the fact that OTA’s like Orbitz and Travelocity are now responsible for about 70% of travel booking in the United States today, the individuals who work out of the brick-and-mortar travel agencies are reporting booming sales according to a recent Los Angeles Times article.
A recent survey by the American Society of Travel Agents, which represents nearly 6,00 travel agents across the country, found that most travel agents found that their revenues, bookings, and total number of clients are up in the first half of 2014 compared with the same period last year. Here are some key statistics from that survey: Continue reading
When you think about the United States, a few images pop into mind: an apple pie, the Statue of Liberty, perhaps the Washington Monument, and even the Hollywood sign. Apparently the next image to add to this list is a golf course. Continue reading
The old guard of travel companies – Expedia, Priceline, Orbitz – have seemingly been in a holding pattern since the late 1990’s when it comes to technological innovation. These companies were slow when it came to moving to mobile, and have also been slow when it comes to redesigning “outdated” websites.
Now Expedia is taking a major step and one that it hopes will capture more travelers and make searching for travel accommodations a less industrial experience and a more sensual one. The company previewed its new tablet app, which focuses on striking, large scenic visuals, at a recent launch event in San Francisco. Continue reading