December 11, 2005 |
BEFORE booking my airplane ticket, I carefully researched the availability of a hotel room in Barth, a small town on the Baltic Sea in Germany. In early November, the Ringhotel Speicher, the only hotel in this town of 10,000, had plenty of rooms when I checked on Expedia. I waited three more weeks before trying to book the room. When I checked again on Expedia, I found a notice saying no rooms were available for my dates. I checked Hotels.com and Travelocity with the same outcome.
July 4, 2004 |
Despite high gasoline prices, Americans are likely to hit the roads in near-record numbers this summer, according to the Travel Industry Assn. of America, which predicts a 3% increase in driving vacations this year over 2003. "The summer travel season will start off with a bang, and we expect it to stay strong through August," said Suzanne Cook, senior vice president of research for the association. "But there are some causes for concern, including rising gas prices and higher inflation."
May 9, 2004 |
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.
December 22, 2004 |
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.
October 3, 2013 |
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 mirrors 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.
September 26, 2004 |
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.
October 25, 2002 |
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.
May 4, 2004 |
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.
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.