This acquisition is not about some special kind of hotel CRS technology: HotelTonight still uses manual extranet to access hotel inventory for many of the hotels using this channel.

Nor is it for HotelTonight's mobile app or marketing prowess - Airbnb has all that. It is not about some steady access to hotel supply: HotelTonight has very tenuous relations with the industry at best.

Most major hotel chains have been avoiding HotelTonight as a distribution channel for years.

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