Marriott Wholesale Rates Will Soon Be Available Only with Expedia
Marriott and Expedia have announced a deal that makes the online travel agency the exclusive distributor of Marriott’s wholesale rates and availability starting October 15.
“This new solution unlocks the power and scale of Expedia Group’s technology through one point of access and uniform technology for all Marriott hotels worldwide, which will enable Marriott to more efficiently manage its wholesale redistribution. Redistributors will no longer receive access to Marriott rates and inventory directly from Marriott but may contract with Expedia Partner Solution,” Marriott said in a statement.
This is a “industry first”, which means that sites that want to keep offering users Marriott deals will need to work with Expedia starting in October.
“At Marriott, our highest priorities include enhancing service and transparency for consumers while driving profitability for owners and franchisees,” said Brian King, Global Officer of Digital, Distribution, Revenue Strategy & Global Sales, Marriott International. “With this truly innovative solution from Expedia Group, we can increase our reach to leisure travel providers while solving distribution challenges and improving profitability for our hotels around the world.”