The Google Travel saga continues, now with ZDNet speculating that Google is building a travel portal that will feature online booking, searchable travel information, as well as high-bandwidth, streaming video of selected destinations and properties.

Russel Shaw writes in his ZDNet Blog entry:

Google Travel would need some sort of online booking engine to enable site visitors to reserve hotel rooms, flights, rental cars, and so forth.

So who might that be?

Not Travelocity, who is partners with Google rival Yahoo! in Yahoo! Travel. Not Expedia or Hotels.com, both of which are owned by interActive Corp., also owner of Google rival Ask.com.

So what about Orbitz? They are owned by Cendant, itself owner of several hotel chains such as Wyndham, Ramada, Days Inn, Wingate Inn and Super 8. They also own car rental companies such as Avis and Budget.

Perhaps coincidentally, perhaps not, but Orbitz happens to be based in Chicago, as apparently Google Travel will be.

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