The Internet giant, which already has ventured into such areas as cloud storage and video streaming, recently launched "Amazon Destinations" to grab market share from established travel reservation sites such as Expedia (EXPD) and Priceline (PCLN).
Some companies, such as Choice Hotels International (CHH), have already expressed interest in teaming up with Amazon.
"We're hoping there will be a friendly entrance (by Amazon), and we think there will be," said Choice President and CEO Steve Joyce in an interview. "For us, if they are going to be a viable channel, and they are cost-effective, then we'll do business with them."
Joyce mentioned Choice Hotels was "in conversation" with Amazon, during the company's May 6 earnings call, and that the hotelier was "looking forward to potentially striking a deal."
"Amazon Destinations" provides maps, lodging deals and information about restaurants in top vacation designations like Los Angeles, New York City and Seattle. The arrival of Amazon into travel may trigger bigger discounts offered for hotel rooms and getaway packages, but could benefit the hotels as more volume surfaces.
Joyce, who is past chairman of the International Franchise Association, also weighed in on recent efforts by McDonald's (MCD) to refranchise 3,500 restaurants over the next four years. The aim is to tailor the menu to local preferences and put more power into the hands of franchisees. Joyce agrees that's a good decision by the Golden Arches.
"You get innovation because they aren't part of the corporate culture, you get those folks to be in business by themselves but not on their own," he said. "These guys (franchisees) have their money on the line."
And with that money at risk, there is likely a hunger to improve the menu to drive sales.