Responsible Travel leads the market in promoting accommodation owners committed to responsible tourism.
Rome2Rio helps travellers discover how to get anywhere by searching plane, train, bus, car and ferry routes.
TripCase is an itinerary management app developed by Sabre and connects major travel technology providers with wearable technology.
hoteliers.com is a platform where consumers can book directly at the hotel. Unlike typical OTAs there are no commissions. Participating hotels pay a fixed monthly membership fee.
Accor Hotels recently surprised the industry by rebranding from Accor to AccorHotels and opening up their brand portfolio and booking platform to independent hotels similar to an OTA.
HotelMatch.Me claims to be the world’s first booking tool that utilises millions of previous traveler reviews to intelligently recommend hotels for your trips.
Flatclub uses a variation of the vacation rental model to offer longer term stays. They specialise in stays from a few weeks to a few months.
Interest in Mobile Booking Apps have increased substantially over the last few years. All the major OTAs like Booking.com and Hotels.com have their own successful apps. And so do the meta search giants like Trivago and Kayak. Apart from this, a few other standalone apps have also made their mark. A new trend is also in the booking of day use rooms.
I couldn’t get through the list without a mention of the Internet Distribution System (IDS) platforms. Arguably, they do not come on this list but in a list of technology providers. However, this is another area of convergence in the area of hotel distribution. IDS Platforms are a collection of online travel websites, travel & travel companies, wholesalers and airline websites that enable travellers to make reservations. They also allow hotels to pro-actively manage global distribution including GDS.
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