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May 9, 2004 | James Gilden, Special to The Times
Web shoppers soon may no longer see Holiday Inns or Crowne Plaza Hotels on such sites as Expedia, Orbitz, Travelocity and Hotels.com. InterContinental Hotels Group, or IHG, the nation's third-largest public hotel company, has said it will remove its properties from the sites unless those sites meet new standards, including clearly labeling fees and taxes. It's widely known that many third-party travel sites collect fees on hotel bookings.
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NEWS
January 15, 2014 | By Jay Jones
Living in luxury right on Waikiki Beach can be yours for less than you might expect. How does $799 a night sound for a penthouse with unobstructed views of the Pacific Ocean? The newly remodeled Royal Kai Lani Suite at the Aston Waikiki Beachside Hotel on Oahu can accommodate up to six people. Its 2,900 square feet contain three bedrooms and 4 1/2 baths. The suite occupies the 11thfloor of the hotel and includes an expansive master suite that features two bathrooms with Jacuzzi tubs and separate showers.
BUSINESS
March 27, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
If you are feeling like you are being shortchanged on your annual vacation time, in a global sense, you are. On average, Americans fall near the bottom of a ranking of workers from around the globe, based on the number of vacation days and holidays offered. Workers in the U.S. get an average of 10 days of paid vacation, plus another 10 days to celebrate national holidays, according to a survey of 30 nations by the the hotel booking website Hotels.com. ( Several studies have also shown that most Americans don't use all the vacation days they've got coming to them.)
NEWS
October 3, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
With electronic frills being the draw of the day, which hotels are the most high-tech? Online travel site Hotel.info points to gadgets and amenities like responsive lighting and TVs embedded in bathroom mirrorsĀ that rank these trendsetters ahead of the curve. Forget peepholes: Four Seasons Silicon Valley in East Palo Alto, Calif., has replaced door peepholes with in-room LCD displays of whomever is knocking at your door. Oh, and they offer printers in each room along with Wi-Fi options too. Forget room keys: Blow Up Hall 5050 in Poznan, Poland, issues iPhones to guests that guide them to their rooms.
BUSINESS
December 22, 2004 | David Colker, Times Staff Writer
Barry Diller, who created an Internet conglomerate by melding online ventures in businesses as diverse as travel, dating and party planning, has decided there's value in specialization after all. Diller said Tuesday that he planned to divide his IAC/InterActiveCorp into two companies: one that would combine travel firms, including Expedia and Hotels.com, and one for everything else.
TRAVEL
September 26, 2004 | Arthur Frommer, Special to The Times
Travel news -- industry disputes, general trends, new companies and travel services -- sometimes has as much bearing on your next vacation as a special airfare or hotel bargain. Here are some recent travel stories that may affect your plans: * The only cruise ship allowed to visit Hawaii's major islands without stopping at Fanning Island, hundreds of miles away, or without originating from a Mexican port, thousands of miles away, is Norwegian Cruise Line's Pride of Aloha.
BUSINESS
October 25, 2002 | Reuters
Media mogul Barry Diller's USA Interactive Inc. said that third-quarter cash earnings rose sharply from strength in its online units, including Expedia Inc. and Hotels.com, which offset weakness at its Home Shopping Network. Quarterly cash earnings, which adjusts for one-time charges and noncash items, rose to $65.7 million, or 14 cents a share, compared with $6 million, or 1 cent a share, last year. USA says this is the best gauge of the company's performance. Revenue rose to $1.
BUSINESS
May 4, 2004 | From Bloomberg News
InterActiveCorp, the Internet commerce company controlled by Barry Diller, reported a first-quarter profit of $41.5 million, or 5 cents a share, helped by growth at its Expedia and Hotels.com travel sites. Marketing costs jumped. The results contrasted with a loss of $106.8 million, or 23 cents, a year earlier, when the company wrote down the value of its stake in Vivendi Universal's entertainment unit. Per-share earnings reflect the payment of preferred dividends. Sales rose 6.1% to $1.
TRAVEL
September 12, 2004
Thank you for the insightful article "Decoding Hotel Ratings: What's a Star-Crossed Traveler to Do?" [Internet Traveler, Aug. 29]. One thing you didn't mention, which I think is pertinent, is that InterActiveCorp also owns TripAdvisor and Citysearch. This is frightening to independent hotels such as mine, which have become more of a target for businesses such as Hotels.com, Travelocity and Expedia as chain hotels regain control of their pricing and inventory. The fear stems from rating systems that don't allow for the uniqueness of a market or property.
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