Booking.com was founded when two hotel booking sites in the Netherlands, Bookings.NL, and Bookings.org merged in 2000. The company name and URL was changed to Bookings.Com. The company is a subsidiary of Booking Holdings, which has headquarters in Connecticut.
Online travel giant Expedia was first offered the company in 2002, but they rejected the chance to acquire it. In 2005, Booking Holdings (or Priceline Group, as it was called at that time) acquired the company for $133 million.
Bookings.Com has more than 29 million listings in 143,000 + destinations in 230 countries. The website is available in 43 languages and books more than 1.5 million reservations every single day.
The Better Business Bureau profile for Booking.Com lists only 657 complaints, most of them regarding the property that was reserved. Booking.Com acts as a mediator between renters and consumers.
The website has been a favorite target of hackers, with the company stating it was breached both in 2014 and again in 2018.
In May 2018, Russia considered blocking the website in retaliation to US sanctions on Russia.
Company headquarters for the parent company are located in Norwalk, Connecticut.