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Google launches Hotel Finder

Google launches Hotel Finder

Google has once again outlined its serious intentions to move into the travel sector with the launch of Hotel Finder.

The site is designed to generate a list of appropriate hotels – based on star ranking, cost or user comments – within a geographical area using Google Maps.

The beta programme is only available in the United States at present. However, it can be expected to be rolled out international should a trial prove successful.

Google launched the site a week after pulling third-party travel reviews off of its Google Places and Google Maps pages.

Hotel Finder also enables visitors to get a map of nearby popular destinations and search for local bargains.

In April, Google completed its $700 million acquisition of ITA Software after receiving clearance from the US Justice Department.

ITA is a provider of an air pricing and search engine.