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Finding the right hotel can make or break your vacation, so with this in mind, we’re introducing Hotel Finder, a new experimental search tool specifically designed to help you find that perfect hotel. Google Hotel Finder makes it easy to narrow down the options:
Figure out where to stay: To help you figure out where the action is, Hotel Finder shines a "tourist spotlight" on the most visited areas of U.S. cities. We select an initial shape for you based on what’s most popular or you can draw a shape around the area where you want to stay, e.g. on the ocean or along Sunset Boulevard.
It’s been eight months since Kayak filed its registration statement for an IPO and there have been five amendments in the interim, but Kayak has yet to become a public company.
So, what’s the deal? [tnooz.com...]
Khosrowshahi said at an investor conference that the IPO filing had been scheduled for the spring but would now be made "in a matter of weeks".
TripAdvisor has come under pressure from a rival offering from Google Inc. (GOOG), but said it had "overcome" the impact of Google Places, which he did not expect to expand from search and advice into handling transactions [marketwatch.com...]
Cold feet and delays in the sector ? This latest test should motivate them to move fast. Watch what the analysts are picking up on both sides including Google's.
I am looking forward to Google Flight Finder...Real Estate Finder...Job Finder...and...so...on...
Also, the big OTA's / media like Priceline , Expedia , etc. are too big for Google.
[edited by: BeeDeeDubbleU at 7:30 am (utc) on Jul 29, 2011]
Google’s mission is to organize the world‘s information and make it universally accessible and useful.
"We don't care about the collateral damage. We just want to own all your information, make massive amounts of money and we don't give a **** who we take down in the process."
we own the internet, so enough is enough, it's all ours
...they just grab what's lying around and integrate it into their main real estate, the Google search engine.
Who says? Google has the vehicle to take on anyone they choose and they will.
BeeDee I agree but at a minimum it would be good to see the likes of Bing grow.
[edited by: kartiksh at 1:17 pm (utc) on Jul 29, 2011]
We really need a viable independent, not for profit search engine. The time has come.
It will only be a matter of [ time ] before the number one result for hotels in x is a Google listing or widget that carefully takes the user away from diverse results