THE GIANT LIST of Online Travel Agencies – Part 5

Special Mentions

Oyster calls itself the Hotel Tell-All site and has a unique approach.

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.

Gogobot offers a fun way to crowd source travel advice and build itineraries that work.

Go Seek is a site that compiles and lists all of the available coupons and codes, so you can select the one that will save you the most money. Read more here

TripCase is an itinerary management app developed by Sabre and connects major travel technology providers with wearable technology.

Jambo is an early stage start-up aiming to make business travel social.

What I Really Wanted was created to cater to the fast growing gift voucher and gift card market and a strong customer demand for luxury hotel and resort gift experiences.

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.

Room Key is an initiative from large hotel chains to counter the OTA clout.

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.

Viator is a TripAdvisor company that offers handpicked activities based on reviews.

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.

Hey Hotels has a detailed listing of over 44600 hotels in the United Kingdom.

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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