Booking Site History
Travel booking sites have been around for years, the first was actually introduced as far back as 1996. In the early days of the internet, they began selling rooms and flights and car rentals online. This was a significant convenience compared to the days of calling a hotel or using a travel agent or calling lots of different places. Over the following 20 years or so, some of these sites—the more well known, like Expedia and Priceline—became huge. Today, they own and control most of the travel sites you see advertised regularly. Expedia, for example, owns Hotels.com, Hotwire, Travelocity and Orbitz, while Priceline owns booking.com, Agoda, and many others.