Escapio, a Berlin-based online travel agency (OTA), has switched to metasearch model for a curated list of luxury and design hotels. The revamped Escapio showcases at launch 6,000 “unique” hotels, rather than trawling the internet for hundreds of thousands of properties. The switch in business models is driven by market economics. Hotels are eager for direct bookings, which let them more savvily upsell to guests and avoid middleman commissions. Get the full story at Tnooz