PhocusWire: Marriott and Expedia in the spotlight, Amoma in the deadpool

PhocusWire: Marriott and Expedia in the spotlight, Amoma in the deadpool

Hot off the heels of an exploration into Google’s “lowest fare” price guarantee, OTA Insight Co-founder and Chief Commercial Officer, Gino Engels headlined Phocuswire last week, with more insights into wholesale changes in distribution in the wake of Amoma’s demise and moves from both Marriott and Expedia.  

You can read the full article on PhocusWire; here’s how it starts…

Big news on the hotel distribution front: Amoma has gone out of business. The company blamed “unsustainable financial conditions” for the sudden closure.

In our latest parity report, Amoma was often the most-discounted channel when comparing the average percentage discount to the direct booking rate.

This meant that it was repeatedly undercutting hotels’ own rates, usually by selling uncontracted inventory from wholesalers.

As wholesaler inventory is resold on OTAs and metasearch platforms, it leads to a double-edged impact for hotels: they lose out not just on the original lower rate sold to the wholesaler but then again to the lower rate sold to the end consumer.

Since rate disparity has a significant impact on profitability for hotels, the demise of a channel with a negative parity history is noteworthy.

But is it going to change anything? Not really. Here’s why.

Gino’s article goes on to discuss:

  • The coming and going of OTAs
  • Other undercutting players in the landscape
  • Making structural changes to wholesaler relationship
  • How other OTAs may respond to market developments
  • The fate of wholesale OTAs as Amoma bows out

Read the full article on PhocusWire.

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