Priceline.com upped its hotel clout in Europe with the acquisition
of Active Hotels, a reservations service and distributor, for some
$161 million. Active Hotels, which will operate as an independent
business, has relationships with about 8,000 properties in Europe,
In the meantime, Yahoo, which purchased FareChase several months
ago, is conducting a beta test of the travel-search engine to
elicit user feedback as it sorts out how to implement the product.
Yahoo’s move into the crowded and evolving travel-search field
could test its partnership with Travelocity, the exclusive air, car
and hotel booking engine on Yahoo Travel.