Travel Leaders puts luxury hotel program on consumer site

Travel Leaders puts luxury hotel program on consumer site
News from Travel Weekly:

Travel Leaders Group has launched a consumer website version of its Select Hotels & Resorts program.

It is not a booking site. Once users have zeroed in on a hotel, the site directs people to contact their travel agent. Alternatively, site users can fill out an online form and a Travel Leaders Group agent will contact them.

The site, TLSelectHotels.com, went live on Monday. Focusing exclusively on four- and five-star hotels, Travel Leaders says it is designed to serve travelers who are seeking a combination of substance, style and value.

“The race to the bottom is littered with countless cookie-cutter sites selling cookie-cutter hotel properties, yet with the dramatic increase in the number of luxury properties around the world, it’s clear that price is not the ultimate motivator for truly discerning travelers,” Barry Liben, Travel Leaders Group CEO, said in a statement.

The site launched with a library of 160 hotels, but 850 will be listed by spring of next year, Travel Leaders said.

Users enter information such as where they want to travel, when they intend to go and what types of activities they enjoy. The site then provides luxury hotel recommendations.

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Expedia-Orbitz Merger Would Short Sheet Consumers, Hotel Group Says
News from NBCNews.com:

NEW YORK — The hotel industry is objecting the proposed combination of travel booking sites Expedia and Orbitz, saying that the deal would mean higher prices for vacationers and larger fees for hotel owners.

“We believe this transaction and the resulting consolidation of the online travel marketplace will result in significant negative consequences, particularly for consumers, but also for the large number of our members who are small business owners and franchised properties,” Katherine Lugar, CEO of the American Hotel & Lodging Association, said in a statement Thursday.

The hotel trade group said the deal would “severely reduce consumer choice.” It also noted that Expedia charges hotels, on average, 11 percent higher commissions than Orbitz.

Many smaller, independent hotels rely on these sites to attract travelers who otherwise would not have heard of their properties.

If the merger goes through Expedia and competitor The Priceline Group Inc. will control 95 percent of the online travel agency bookings in the U.S., according to the hotel trade group. Priceline owns sites such as Booking.com and Kayak.

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