But hoteliers interviewed for this report are hopeful that Google’s latest switch, focusing entirely on instant booking and scrapping its earlier framework for metasearch, might take some bite out of the two remaining mega-online travel agencies. “It’s always better to have more competition, especially when you’re caught in the middle of it,” said Andrew Cording, director of revenue management at the Westin Houston Memorial City. “It helps keep (commissions) down.” Google laid out its latest plans to capture hotel bookings earlier this week, ramping up the Google Hotel Ads Commission program and Book on Google. The overarching goal is to put more focus on a commission-based model accessible through typical search functions and maps and officially scrapping its metasearch site, Hotel Finder. The site also will be adding more information on hotels and their amenities over the coming months. Get the full story at Hotel News Now