I learned about this from Barry Schwartz, but it was originally spotted by Brad Brewer that now when you do a city search on Google, you will see a hotel booking link in the knowledge graph box. Bing and Yahoo don't have it, but Bing has a knowledge graph.
Google's new addition allows you compare the average hotel prices in cities by simply searching the name of any city. To some degree this can be of benefit for real estate agents and brokers too as they can compare the average hotel rates in their cities with other nearby cities.
For example, According to Google:
- NYC: 3-star averaging $140, 5-star averaging $690.
- Charlotte, NC: 3-star averaging $170, 5-star averaging $440.
- Boston: 3-star averaging $240, 5-star averaging $540.
- Miami: 3-star averaging $210, 5-star averaging $560.
- Los Angeles: 3-star averaging $170, 5-star averaging $550.
Now, wouldn't it be great if Google also included the average cost of living or median home prices in cities? And then it could have a link there like "View Homes for Sale," which could lead to a listing of homes for sale in that city. I think this could be an interesting addition.
Your opinion and comments are most welcome.