Europe’s leading hotel reservation website, Booking.com offers 135,000 hotels in 101 countries. Founded in 1996 by two young Dutch entrepreneurs before being bought by the American group Priceline, the site, thanks to the solid Dutch pragmatism that forms its basis, boasts a user friendly format and continues to grow constantly. Currently, the site is available in 24 languages.
Founded by its two French creators in 2004, Splendia is a hotel reservation website specialising in luxury, charming and design hotels. Available in eight languages and offering more than 5,000 hotels throughout the world, Splendia - with a development model fuelled by risk capital funds – has seen considerable commercial growth in the last three years.
Created by four young Italians in 1995, Venere grew considerably before being bought by the Expedia group in 2008. Renowned for its ability to offer charming rooms and apartments in Italy as well as in some of Europe’s major cities, Venere is currently witnessing a new era in its development. Today it offers more than 30,000 accommodation options.
The world leader in its field, for years Expedia has built a dynamic distribution strategy, thanks not only to its high level of media publicity but also thanks to its white label partnerships in the form of ventures such as Voyages-Sncf.com in France. Owner of Tripadvisor as well as other companies involved in travel such as Hotels.com, it is the world’s biggest superpower in terms of hotel marketing, with, as you might imagine, very competitive prices.
Created in 1994 in the American market, Hotels.com offers more than 80,000 hotels worldwide. A branch of the Expedia group, the site offers an alternative brand that is more specialised in hotel reservation, often offering cancelation conditions different to those offered by Expedia.
Founded in Germany in 2001, Hotel.info is the international brand of Hotel.de. Better known to large companies than to the general public, this hotel reservations website offers a vast choice of hotels – more than 210,000 – thanks to its ability to build partnerships with hotel chains across the globe.
Agoda is maybe best described as Booking.com’s younger Asian cousin, as it has a similar history to the latter. Specialising in the Asian market and offering more than 9000 hotels online in this region, Agoda became part of the Priceline group in 2008. At the same time as maintaining its independence and its philosophy, the site continues to develop within the American group, notably by completing its offer of hotels with that of the group.