Category Archives: Hotels

Analysts Predict a Big Splash for Amazon

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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

HotelTonight Announces Expansion of Reservation Window

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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

Travel Agencies Trending Upward in 2014

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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

Expedia to Launch New Tablet App

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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  These companies were slow when it came to moving to mobile, and have also been slow when it comes to redesigning “outdated” websites.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