Travel Search Engines Turn Up the Heat for Hotels

Dublin, Ireland (PRWEB) December 13, 2004

Travel search engines are a new development in Internet travel, and include Sidestep (, Yahoo’s Farechase ( and Mobissimo (, with AOL planning to launch its own travel search engine in 2005. They operate like referral services, searching the Internet for the lowest prices and receiving a commission for every sale they make.

The price transparency that travel search engines make possible puts additional price-pressure on hoteliers, who are already paying commissions on an increasing percentage of their bookings coming through online travel agents such as Travelocity, Expedia and Orbitz.

“By using travel search engines, customers can now scan the lowest prices available for a particular city or hotel”, said Graham Caswell, CEO of Hotel Sales Online, an Internet marketing company specialising in the hotel industry. “The whole business model of travel search is to help the consumer find the lowest possible price, so this development can only increase price competition in the hotel industry”.

“Everybody wants the lowest possible price and its easy to compare hotel room prices, especially on the Internet”, said Caswell. “The problem is that every hotel is different, and offers different facilities, different levels of service and a different location. In order to emphasise these differences and avoid having their hotel rooms turned into commodities, hoteliers must communicate with the customer directly”, he said.

The Internet has revolutionized hotel marketing, as more and more hotel customers prefer to book online. However many hoteliers, particularly from individual hotels and small hotel groups, have found it difficult to connect with Internet customers directly and so rely on various travel intermediaries for an increasing percentage of their bookings.

About Hotel Sales Online:

Hotel Sales Online provides Internet marketing and consulting services for the hotel industry to enable hotels to increase the bookings that they receive directly from customers, through their own websites. Located near Dublin, Ireland, Hotel Sales Online also publishes an extensive website about all aspects of hotel Internet marketing.

Contact Information:

Graham Caswell

Hotel Sales Online

Tel: +353-402-31314

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