A session from the recent Hotel Data Conference entitled, “Red, White & Brew Debate: Dissecting Distribution Decisions and Dilemmas,” offered a variety of perspectives. As expected, the issue of the cost of different distribution channels was at the center of the debate. Doug Browne, President, The Peabody Memphis, talked specifically about the cost of distribution from the perspective of owners. “There are so many different costs coming at you from different angles it is hard to figure out, but it’s probably somewhere in the 35 percent range, which is very expensive,” he noted. “The biggest concern is the costs of OTAs. Sometimes there’s a feeling among us [owners] that’s there a disparity in what’s charged from one hotel brand to another. You start wondering, why are there differences?” Get the full story at Hotel Interactive