At a recent Barclays Travel Forum held in London, Paul Evans, Lowcost Travel Group chief executive, said: “Look at Booking.com and Hotels.com and the relative scale of the hotels market. In the long-term, people will be more comfortable booking airlines direct. “The hotel market is much more fractured and it suits tablet and mobile, so we are much more focused on growing our hotel business.” Also, unlike the aviation sector the hotel room distribution system is not underpinned by powerful and efficient, but arguably outdated technology as embodied by the GDSs. This means that simply getting hold of the product – stacking the shelves – has in itself been problematic. So there’s been something of a land grab with business to consumer giants such as Booking.com and Hotels.com signing up hotels and accessing content left, right and centre. Get the full story at Travolution