Expedia will become the sole gateway of Marriott’s wholesale rates, availability and content to a network of global travel providers following a new agreement.
Starting in October, many redistributors will no longer have access to Marriott’s rates and inventory and will have to contact Expedia Partner Solutions directly.
Marriott will leverage Expedia Group’s technology to create a single gateway for the redistribution of Marriott’s wholesale inventory providing a consistent and reliable shopping experience for travellers, ensuring accurate display of hotel descriptions, room rates and fees through known and trusted third-party travel providers.
Redistributors will no longer receive access to Marriott rates and inventory directly from Marriott but may contract with Expedia Partner Solutions to obtain access, provided such redistributors comply with Marriott’s distribution standards.
Tour operators who access wholesale rates from Marriott directly continue to have this option, in addition to leveraging Expedia Partner Solutions as the optimized distributor for Marriott International wholesale rates.
“At Marriott, our highest priorities include enhancing service and transparency for consumers while driving profitability for owners and franchisees,” said Brian King, global officer of digital, distribution, revenue strategy and global sales for Marriott International.
“With this truly innovative solution from Expedia Group, we can increase our reach to leisure travel providers while solving distribution challenges and improving profitability for our hotels around the world.”