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Expedia TAAP history / reasons for booking; new trading website; products to book; commission rates; booking process and (after sales) support. Normally we have found better offers on the Internet than in a travel agency. What do websites like Expedia think about lower fares for flights compared to me that only book directly with the airline?
Booking.com and Expedia fight for travel agencies in Rooms and More
Booking.com and Expedia are battling for shares of hotels around the world, and they and about 10 other travel agencies are increasing rivalry as they vie for travel agent reservations in the new Travelport Rooms and More. Finally incorporated into Travelport's Universal Desktop, Rooms and More is a travel agent website that looks in some ways like a meta search page, although it does not redirect travel agent to the aggregate websites to close their booking.
In May 2010, Travelport purchased the meta -search machine for hotels named Spice, thus providing a large part of the basis for Rooms and More. Around 6,400 travel agencies in 70 stores currently use rooms and more, so that it is hardly a large reservation channel for Booking.com, Agoda and the Expedia Affiliate Network.
But it is interesting to see how these providers, along with Miki Travel, Hotels.com, Grupo TransHotel, Medhotels, Hostelworld and others, compete for travel agent reservations. The Travelport has a dozen aggregateers in Rooms and More, of which about 18 have registered for use. Travelport GDS Group VP for hospitality and affiliate branding, Niklas Andreen, said Rooms and More has 200,000 to 300,000 of an approximately half million worldwide properties in the system.
It' s hard to make an accurate estimate of the number of properties present, as suppliers often have stock overlaps, he says. Hospitality operators are competing for travel agent reservations, depending on whether they are offering pre-pay or post-pay schemes, etc., and with their different rates of provision. Tour ist agencies look for accomodations and then see a number of different suppliers with different rates.
Each of these stocks is retrieved through the Travelport Universal API, but the aggregate also competes with hotel chains through the Travelport GDS, which offers a commission rate from 0% to 12%.
Travelport then transmits the cardholder information to the issuer, who validates the booking and transmits a receipt to the office or traveller.
Andrén calls the event a "meta book".
Notice: The writer attended a Travelport hosted Atlanta media conference.