Online hotel reservations
Online hotel reservations are a popular method for booking hotel rooms. Travelers can book rooms on a computer by using online security to protect their privacy and financial information and by using several online travel agents to compare prices and facilities at different hotels.
Prior to the Internet, travelers could write, telephone the hotel directly, or use a travel agent to make a reservation. Nowadays, online travel agents have pictures of hotels and rooms, information on prices and deals, and even information on local resorts. Many also allow reviews of the traveler to be recorded with the online travel agent.
Online hotel reservations are also helpful for making last minute travel arrangements. Hotels may drop the price of a room if some rooms are still available. There are several websites that specialize in searches for deals on rooms.
Benefits of Booking Online Through Online Booking Hotel Sites
In recent times, the number of
people embarking on vacations both local and foreign has increased
dramatically. Experts are still pondering on the reason for this
increasing trend. It is a healthy trend, no doubt, but they want to
find out why it has happened so that they can sustain the tourist
inflow. Several reasons are being forwarded, but one of the most
substantial ones is, of course, the grand proliferation of the
Internet in the tourism industry.
Booking.com is an online accommodation booking website started as a small start-up in Enschede in 1996, based in Amsterdam, Netherlands and since 2005 owned and operated by United States based Priceline. Its operations and call-center is in Wyoming, USA.
Booking.com claims to have over 700,000 properties globally under contract and that it deals with more than 900,000 room nights reservations each day. In 2013, it accounted for more than two thirds of Priceline's revenue. Booking.com is available in more than 41 languages.
In 2012, the United Kingdom's Office of Fair Trading found that Booking.com may have been limiting price competition for short term accommodation by including unlawful restrictions in its agency contracts.