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Will Google’s New Hotel Booking Service Hurt Jumia, Konga and Wakanow?

Google is making it a lot easier to book a hotel room, as it quietly unveiled Hotel Booking services. As spotted by Skift, Google unveiled a bunch of new features in Google Flights and Hotels, in a blog post published late last week.

The price insight will tell travelers whether they are overpaying for a fare, getting a deal, or forking over an average amount of cash for a plane ticket, according to this report.

Similarly, Google’s newly launched full-fledged hotel booking site will let you determine whether you’re getting a deal for your chosen hotel and how that rate compares to nearby options with similar amenities.

 

Once you’re ready to choose, the “Book a room” button is hard to miss. Click it and it links to either the hotel directly, or a third-party booking site, or there is an option to book right on Google.

If you are overwhelmed by options or just like a bargain, apply the “Deals” filter, which Google says “uses machine learning to highlight hotels where one or more of our partners offer rates that are significantly lower than the usual price for that hotel or similar hotels nearby.”

It’s quick, easy, and sure to annoy the heck out of JumiaTravelKongaTravel and Wakanow and others offering flight/hotel booking services in Nigeria.

 

Konga Travel commenced service offering penultimate week.

But, these service providers need not worry presently. At least, the Google Flight/Hotel booking services are not extended to Nigeria yet.

The countries covered in Africa yet are; Algeria, Morocco, Egypt and South Africa. Even if Google launches today in Nigeria, it will become another competition.

This post was originally published here

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