Expedia acquired the company HomeAway at the end of 2015, and now the site is going to be integrating the home rental options into its hotel search section.
The company’s CEO Dara Khosrowshahi explained.
“What we are talking about is a much more fundamental kind of integrated experience where someone who comes to an Expedia or Hotels.com and is searching for hotels, depending on length of stay, depending on weekday, weekend, etc., they are going to get a complementary mix of hotel search results and/or vacation rental results based on a number of different presentations and logic.”
Expedia also announced that it will be partnering with Marriott International’s air-hotel packaging tool, and that more of these collaborations can be expected over time.
“We think that there are tons and tons of hotels out there, hotel chains out there, airlines out there who … aren’t necessarily able to keep investing and keep experimenting and keep optimizing leading sites that can accept payments in every single kind of payment plan known on earth. We can do that, and we can essentially extend our platform into the travel ecosystem, which is something that we’re doing.”