After discussing Accelerator with distribution officials from a small hotel group and a major chain, as well as a consultant who related feedback from several hoteliers, Skift essentially got a first look at how the new Expedia bid-for-placement program works. Opinions in the hotel industry about the program - which turns out to be not completely new - range from horror over another piece taken out of hotels’ quest for profitability to acceptance as an effective means to put heads in beds during periods when occupancy rates are challenging. To be clear, Expedia states that three factors, including the hotel’s offer strength, quality score, and compensation, determine rankings on its hotel pages. Expedia claims the amount of the commission is the least important factor of the three. Get the full story at Skift Read also "Expedia’s new bidding model: Some hotel experts remain skeptical"