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AH&LA Educates Consumers on Rogue Online Vendors

AH&LA Educates Consumers on Rogue Online Vendors

Over the past few years, the rise of online booking has become an integral part of trip-planning, making booking a hotel a fast, easy, and convenient part of planning a summer vacation. These online travel bookings are big business: There ...

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As OTAs Get Bigger, so Do the Challenges for Hoteliers

As OTAs Get Bigger, so Do the Challenges for Hoteliers

Most hoteliers already considered Expedia and Priceline a duopoly before Expedia’s $1.6 billion acquisition of Orbitz, but now there’s little doubt. The two powerhouses have been buying up the competition in waves and the trend isn’t slowing. Perhaps in response ...

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Online Channels Continue to Lead Hotel Bookings

Online Channels Continue to Lead Hotel Bookings

NEW YORK—In the second quarter 2014, online channels—which include Online Travel Agents (OTAs), hotel websites (Brand.com), and global distribution systems (GDS) used by travel agents—continued to grow in popularity among individual business and leisure travelers, according to data from the ...

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TripAdvisor to Acquire Viator for $200 Million

TripAdvisor to Acquire Viator for $200 Million

NEWTON, Mass.—TripAdvisor has entered into an agreement to acquire Viator, a resource for researching and booking destination activities around the world. Viator features more than 20,000 bookable tours and attractions and more than 600,000 reviews, photos, and videos submitted by ...

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Expedia Now Accepts Bitcoin for Hotel Purchases

Expedia Now Accepts Bitcoin for Hotel Purchases

BELLEVUE, Wash.—Expedia.com now accepts bitcoin as a form of payment for hotel purchases. Offering travelers another way to book online, customers can now shop from the inventory of more than 290,000 bookable properties available on Expedia.com and easily pay for ...

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