Amazon expands its travel site

Amazon is expanding its travel site Amazon Destinations to reach several new markets across the U.S. There are now more than double the number of destinations available for booking on the service, which includes hundreds of hotels across 35 cities and six larger metro regions, the company noted.

Today, Amazon Destinations is adding the Southeast (Atlanta), Texas Gulf Coast (Houston), and Northern California (San Francisco) metro regions, while it also expanded the Northeast Metro region with more destinations within driving distance of Boston. Previously, the company offered access to the L.A., New York and Seattle regions, as well, reports Tech Crunch.

Over the past four months, the service has grown from 17 cities to 35, including a number of popular tourist destinations like Cape Cod, Mass.; Savannah, Ga.; Myrtle Beach, S.C.; Napa, Calif.; Lake Tahoe, Calif.; the Texas Gulf Coast; and New Orleans.

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Amazon Destinations is part of Amazon Local, and allows hotels, resorts and bed and breakfasts to advertise there and for users to sort by location. Think of it as a cross between Expedia, Booking.com, Hotels.com, Airbnb and Hotel Tonight with a twist, according to PYMNTS.
 
The twist, as hyped by Amazon, is that the site automatically posts popular destinations based on where the user lives. With a tagline “Hit the road: Book local getaways,” Amazon is setting itself apart by offering a way to find unique weekend getaways that are close to home.

A hotel owner in Woodinville, Wash., Kathleen Boyd, shared with Tech News Today her experience with Amazon Destinations service. She said that many consumers were staying at her hotel for the first time; most spent an extra $50 during their stop, and around 40 percent of them purchased an upgraded room.