Arbitrip adds price monitoring feature

Buying Business Travel | September 17, 2019

Arbitrip adds price monitoring feature
Hotel booking platform Arbitrip has launched a new price monitoring feature that automatically re-books rooms if the rate has decreased.The company offers the service as a free, built-in feature. Once a reservation is made, the platform monitors the price and automatically re-books if a lower rate or better room becomes available.Arbitrip uses machine learning algorithms to study user preferences and booking requirements to individually match each hotel reservation. The company said travel managers can then choose the property based on previous business traveller reviews then pay and track all bookings throughout their company through a central dashboard.

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With an area of just over 40 square miles, San Marino is Europe’s third smallest country, after Vatican City and Monaco. Rising from the republic’s rolling hills, is Mount Titano, where the country’s founder, Saint Marinus, sought refuge in the 3rd Century. Over the centuries, three towers were built to ward off invaders; today these towers watch over a country overflowing with history, culture and beauty.