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Late Availability Hotel Room Database Goes Online

E-commerce specialists at Walsh Simmons have created laterooms.com, a database of late availability hotel rooms which is expected to pose a serious challenge to lastminute.com.

The new service at laterooms.com was launched to the UK hotel trade less than a month ago and went online to the public on Monday. It features 50,000 reduced room rates at over 500 hotels in the UK, with savings of up to 80 per cent on normal rates.

"Everyone knows hotels will reduce their rates to help fill empty beds but finding the hotels with the best deals was impossible until the Internet came along," said Steve Walsh, senior partner at Walsh Simmons.

"For the business traveller called away at short notice LateRooms means they can now book a better hotel than their expenses would normally allow. While those able to take a holiday break at a moment's notice can stay in four star splendour at a one star price."

Based in Manchester where it employs around 50 people, Walsh Simmons has e-commerce clients that include Great Universal Stores, Co-op Travelcare Direct, Alfred McAlpine Homes, West Yorkshire Police and Halifax Bank.

Walsh Simmons says it is developing a Global Cities version of laterooms.com, and plans a launch this side of Christmas.