Amazon & Alibaba plans to expand into the hotel booking space

Amazon & Alibaba plans to expand into the hotel booking space
Two major online retailers, Amazon.com and Alibaba Group, plan to elevate their online hotel booking games to cut their own slices of the profitable travel pie.

Amazon Travel, expected to go live around 1 January, will feature booking at independent hotels and resorts near major cities, according to reports.

Alibaba, China’s largest e-commerce company, in October announced its online travel business Taobao Travel will become an independent business and brand named Alitrip. The platform will provide plane tickets, vacation packages and services for hotel booking, visa applications and tour guides.

Neither Amazon.com nor Alibaba returned requests for comment by press time. Read full article

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