Priceline Hotels Pro may become the next version of, or a twist on, Express Deals. Priceline shows the price up-front and identifies the handful of the hotels in the mix to give travelers additional confidence in where they might stay. But, there is enough wiggle room for the hotels to participate behind a Pro app without diminishing their brands.
Hotel booking and trip planning websites are finding a new revenue outlet in offering their APIs to startups, but in some cases the move to take their software from consumer facing to B2B marks a lack of pickup among customers.
There was little news of trip cancellations during the last few weeks, but Israel is looking to pro-actively retain its international image amidst media images of air strikes and explosions.
It’s possible that hotel transactions are down over last year because hoteliers are watching for possible changes in economic policies that could make a good investment now null by next year.
You can make the argument that this acquisition will get more relevant hotel deals to consumers, but HotelTonight's acquisition of PrimaTable really is about maximizing revenue for the hotels and HotelTonight.
Getaroom is a niche player, but it is steadily growing and its unpublished rates over the phone are very appealing. Traditional online players may want to rethink their call center outsourcing and current practices.