Articles tagged “wholesalers”

Wholesaler Hotelbeds Cuts Ties to Booking Sites That Break Hotel Distribution Rules

Wholesaler Hotelbeds Cuts Ties to Booking Sites That Break Hotel Distribution Rules

Sean O'Neill, Skift

The collapse last week of Amoma suggests that an industrywide crackdown on online travel agencies that violate hotel contracts is getting serious. For example, many hoteliers have wanted Hotelbeds to crack down on bad behavior by some agencies. The distributor of wholesale rates has responded by taking action.

1 month ago

Amoma.com Troubles May Delight Hoteliers That Hate Its Rate Discounting

Amoma.com Troubles May Delight Hoteliers That Hate Its Rate Discounting

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Hoteliers probably disliked Amoma.com more than any other online travel agency in the past few years. Amoma often undercut hoteliers on price. Now its reported troubles may have repercussions across the hotel and online travel industry for companies like Hotelbeds, Google, and Booking.com.

1 month ago

How Australia’s Webjet Is Building a Global Business by Going Wholesale

How Australia’s Webjet Is Building a Global Business by Going Wholesale

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Webjet has really transformed its business over the past few years through a couple of sizable acquisitions. The Australian consumer market is proving pretty tough, so pursuing a strategy of global expansion in the wholesale arena makes sense.

2 months ago

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.

4 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.

7 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.

10 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?

3 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