Correction: Travel-Brief-Google Hotels story
NEW YORK (AP) — In a story Jan. 8 about Google providing hotel guests with more photos, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Carlson hotels are working with Google to offer photos online for some of its hotels. The story should have stated that all Carlson’s Radisson Blu and Park Inn by Radisson hotels use Google Hotel Finder.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Google to provide hotel guests more photos, maps
Google is developing a Street View-like feature to showcase hotel interiors
By SCOTT MAYEROWITZ
AP Business Writer
NEW YORK (AP) — Google is expanding its hotel business, offering several new ways for travelers to learn about accommodations.
The most noticeable change will be the introduction of a series of high-resolution panoramic photos that are stitched together to create a 360-degree experience, similar to that found in the Street View feature in Google maps. These aren’t independent photos but they are another resource for travelers.
Best Western is rolling out photos of its 2,200 North American properties and hopes to have all online by the end of the year.
Currently all Radisson Blu and Park Inn by Radisson hotels use Google Hotel Finder. In November 2013, a pilot group of 100 Radisson and Country Inns & Suites hotels across the U.S. and Canada joined the program.
The final move into the hotel world comes through Google Wallet, an online payment application that also stores loyalty program information. So far, Omni Hotels & Resorts and Marriott International are the only hotel companies to participate. Avis car rentals, Amtrak, Alaska Airlines and Orbitz are the others in the travel sphere to so far be offered through Google Wallet.
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