Kayak.com Expands Hotel Search Capabilities With New Enhancements; Hotel Inventory Surpasses 115,000 Properties
Apr 18, 2006
Kayak.com, the comprehensive travel search site, has positioned itself as the leading travel site for hotels with the launch of several enhancements to its hotel search offering. In addition, Kayak.com today announces that its hotel inventory has surpassed 115,000 properties worldwide, which is more than any other travel site, due to recent partnerships with booking engine vendors and suppliers and new hotels added through the "Every Hotel on Earth" program.
"Kayak.com's hotel search enhancements, together with our industry-leading sorting and filtering tools and Google Maps integration, make it the easiest place for travelers to find the right hotel for every trip," said Drew Patterson, Kayak.com director of business development. "Plus, Kayak's 'Every Hotel on Earth' program allows travelers to discover more hotels on Kayak.com than any other travel site so they can search with confidence knowing that we'll show them properties unavailable elsewhere."
The following hotel search enhancements launched today on Kayak.com: Hotel Home Page -- Users can now pre-filter results from the hotel homepage. Dropdown menus have been added for hotel brands and price range. -- A brand dropdown menu displays only hotel brands found within the specified market. Hotel Results Page -- A custom location link allows users to search hotels by proximity to a specific address such as a client's office or a relative's house. Feature is currently limited to US addresses. -- Further integration with popular Google Map feature plots all hotel results on an interactive map. Map instantly refreshes as users interact with the sorting and filtering tools for price, stars, location, brand, amenities and property type. For instance, filter hotels within five miles of a landmark or a custom location and map will refresh to display only hotels within five miles. -- Additional information for each individual property has been added for quick reference such as address, amenities and list of travel sites offering the hotel/price combination. Hotel Details Page -- Booking details have been moved to the top of the page to better communicate the number of booking options for each property (supplier direct or through an online travel agency). -- The details page has been organized into tabs for Overview, Details, Map, and Photos. Kayak.com Surpasses 115,000 hotels:
Kayak.com now offers the online travel industry's most comprehensive hotel database with more than 115,000 properties worldwide -- from a power brand hotel in Times Square to a hostel in Thailand. Since launching the "Every Hotel on Earth" commitment in October, Kayak.com has added more than 25,000 properties thanks to recent partnerships with booking engine providers Pegasus Solutions and Otedis and new supplier agreements with HostelWorld.com, Asiarooms.com and WRH Hotels Network. In addition, the EHOE program encourages users and hoteliers to add hotels directly to Kayak.com's database and more than 5,200 properties have been added as a result.
Created by co-founders of Orbitz, Travelocity and Expedia, Kayak.com is a comparison-shopping website that helps consumers make informed decisions in their travel planning. The site, which launched February 7, 2005, offers a comprehensive search engine that scours over 100 online travel sites, providing prices and itineraries for hundreds of airlines, more 115,000 hotels and all leading rental car companies. Kayak.com displays more choices of available itinerary/price combinations than any other travel site, and is the first to integrate consumer and professional reviews and other relevant travel information with real-time prices and availability. Kayak.com's investors include Sequoia Capital, America Online, Inc. and General Catalyst Partners. For more information, please visit http://www.kayak.com/ .