Expedia Inc. has quietly shut down consumer-facing Venere.com, the Italy-based hotel-booking site that was once seen as Expedia's answer to Booking.com's dominance in Europe. And TripAdvisor confirmed it will soon be phasing out one of its content sites, Virtual Tourist. Acquired in 2008, Venere.com now redirects consumers seeking to book a hotel to one of Expedia's flagship brands, Hotels.com.
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