Expedia has silently closed down Venere.com within December, the Italy-based hotel-booking location which was once considereded as Expedia’s response to Booking.com’s supremacy in Europe.
Venere, similar to Booking.com, ran what’s called an agency model. Both of these organizations paid a commission to hotels, and customers didn’t need to pre-pay for their reservations but rather paid upon arrival.
Obtained in 2008, Venere.com currently reroutes customers searching to make a reservation for a hotel room to any of Expedia’s flagship brands, Hotels.com. In reorganizing Venere, Expedia chose to keeping on operating Venere’s business to business operation in Italy for travel agents, that provides them 8 per-cent base commission on hotel reservations.
Expedia’s ended Venere’s customer operation in December however it wasn’t extensively announced.