Special Mentions

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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