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Is Amazon getting into the travel business?

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 23 Nov 2014 15:41 User comments (1)

Is Amazon getting into the travel business? According to a new report by Skift, Amazon is preparing to open their own travel site, including bookings at independent hotels and resorts.
Initially, Amazon Travel will launch with a few hotels that are all within a couple of hours drive of LA, NY and Seattle. The service is expected to launch in the new year, perhaps as early as January 1st.

Skift says "properties would load their room types, availability, pricing information, and photos into an Amazon extranet and would pay a standard 15% commission to Amazon for the prepaid bookings."

Each property would get notified by Amazon of any bookings, and their calendar would be updated on the extranet. Hoteliers do have the right to discount their rooms and can also negotiate with Amazon over the commission price.

Amazon told the independent hoteliers that they were selected by TripAdvisor ratings, and they had to have four stars or higher.

The massive etailer will include editorials, attractions and more at the site, to make it more consumer friendly as only Amazon can, adds the report.


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124.11.2014 15:42

Worth watching this develop!

Groupon getaways are the bomb!!! Amazon might do well too. We'll see won't we.........

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