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If I was a hotel company looking to increase business at
rural locations, I'd set up a road trip planner application on
my website, based on Google Maps or a similar service.
The prospective customer would enter a start point and a
destination with a range for how long they'd like to drive
each leg. The software would then solve for an ideal
route with a single price to pay for all hotel stays
combined. Bundling the hotel stays would keep the
customer from seeing the individual room rates, which
would help prevent them from shopping each stay, but the
bundle overall could be offered at a significant discount
since each stop can be optimized for the most vacant
Obviously, this is only useful if the customer wants to go a
long distance AND bring their car, such as for an extended
stay or as part of a permanent move. (There's something to
be said for the experience of seeing the gradual transition
of the landscape. Nothing happens quickly until you start to
notice things, and then it's sudden and magical, like
waking up.) Other business would come from the usual
||Isn't this what a travel agent does ?
||I think we used dice to determine the next direction of travel during our road trips. Looks like things have become more sophisticated since those days.
||Good for you. Easier to explain to the police, if you have it documented.
||"Isn't this what a travel agent does ?"
||It's not dissimilar to how Zillow can offload much of the
work done by realtors.