Articles tagged “wholesalers”

Hotel Site Files Antitrust Complaint Against Expedia and Booking

Hotel Site Files Antitrust Complaint Against Expedia and Booking

Natalia Drozdiak, Bloomberg

The omnipresence of wholesale hotel rates making their way onto online travel sites is becoming epidemic, and the big online travel agencies may be trying to throw their weight around to stem the flow. That is raising antitrust concerns, as this complaint points out.

2 months ago

Four Seasons and Costco Direct-Booking Efforts Irk Travel Advisors

Four Seasons and Costco Direct-Booking Efforts Irk Travel Advisors

Maria Lenhart, Skift

A recent Today Show segment touting Costco Travel is riling ASTA, as are Four Seasons ads on Facebook promising perks for direct bookings. Travel advisors are irked as well, but are finding ways to hold their own.

5 months ago

Hotels Struggle to Stop Resellers From Undercutting Their Rates

Hotels Struggle to Stop Resellers From Undercutting Their Rates

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Consumers often wonder where they can find the lowest rate for a hotel room online. Oddly enough, a hotel's managers may not know the answer. Mysteriously discounted rates from small sites and apps are popping up more often online, even in markets like the U.S. where a few hotel groups dominate.

8 months ago

Hotelbeds Eyes a Viable Wholesaler Path in the Shadows of Priceline and Expedia

Hotelbeds Eyes a Viable Wholesaler Path in the Shadows of Priceline and Expedia

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Since 2016, the quiet wholesaler marketplaces for hotel supply have become noisy as private equity firms invested $2.9 billion to make Hotelbeds Group a market leader. Expect more consolidation.

2 years ago

Tourico Holidays Tunes Up Its Technology After Hotelbeds Merger

Tourico Holidays Tunes Up Its Technology After Hotelbeds Merger

Sean O'Neill, Skift

The wholesale travel sector is under pressure from shifts in how hotel companies distribute their rooms. Tourico's new tech for agencies and airlines may help boost sales and margins in the face of these trends.

2 years ago

Hotelbeds Agrees to Buy Wholesaler GTA

Hotelbeds Agrees to Buy Wholesaler GTA

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Hotelbeds appears determined to buy up the competition in order to retain its dominant position. What is unclear though is what happens to Kuoni Group once the transaction completes as GTA represents almost two-thirds of its turnover. Will it continue on as a smaller company or continue to be broken up?

2 years ago

Interview: Apple Leisure’s CEO on the Future of the Luxury All-Inclusive Vacation

Interview: Apple Leisure’s CEO on the Future of the Luxury All-Inclusive Vacation

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Apple Leisure Group is competing with cruise lines to attract the business of American travelers to Mexico and the Caribbean. Like cruise lines trying to win over first-time cruisers, Apple Leisure Group is attempting to get Americans who have never had a passport before to get off the couch and experience their first foreign vacations.

5 years ago