Rates, inventory and availability will be fully controlled by the hotels and transmitted in real-time via IHG’s central reservation system via Hotelbeds Group’s distribution network active in more than 120 markets.
Since last summer Google has added some online booking sites to the Flights results. These moves - plus others, like expanding instant booking - may explain why Google’s price-comparison product is gaining traction with the next generation of travelers.
The battle between intelligent voice assistants is moving into hotel rooms, as Marriott International is testing both Siri and Alexa to decide which will control devices in at least some of its hotel rooms.
The study found that continuous rate auditing is rare among corporates - only 2 percent check rates weekly. And when errors are uncovered, the average difference between the negotiated rate and the rate that is loaded into the GDS is 13% - most often, the error benefits the hotel.
Airbnb announced a new brand for its China-based business and the local launch of Trips, its travel services feature. Beyond those launches, the firm pledged to increase its local presence via plans to triple its headcount in China and double its investment in the country.
Marriott International unveil the company's three-year growth plan, which includes opening approximately one hotel every 14 hours around the world, at its meeting with security analysts and institutional investors in New York.