Google late last month announced “an expansion of the Book on Google feature to more partners.” Google, which debuted hotel booking in addition to its search listings specifically for mobile users in 2013, added those booking capabilities for desktop and tablet computer users earlier this year. “With Book on Google, Google facilitates the booking payment transaction,” Tom Mulders, senior program manager for Google’s travel division, wrote in a Sept. 22 blog post. “The hotel partner owns the guest relationship, including sending the confirmation email, answering post-booking questions and handling changes to the reservation or cancellations.” Granted, a Google search last week still shows that a majority of the hotel listings for cities such as Los Angeles link to OTA sites and don’t include direct booking capabilities. Still, Google said it will broaden that feature to more hotels while adding information on hotel amenities such as swimming pools, parking availability and free WiFi. Google had already listed basic information such as price, room availability and user reviews. Get the full story at Travel Weekly