Millionaire businessman Dick Smith has criticized hotel reservation websites, claiming that he can get cheaper prices by contacting businesses directly.
"Cocky," Mr. Smith said that "foreign multinationals" were extorting money from hundreds of small businesses across the country and asked the Australians to help him stop him.
"Millions and millions of dollars that should stay in the cities of our country are being sent and it is like extortion," he said in a video posted on his Facebook page.
"It's the same as extortion because it's not done voluntarily."
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Australian businessman Dick Smith (pictured) has launched a scathing online spray against the "foreign reservation websites"
Smith said that these "big American companies were not offering us anything" and urged the Australians to book directly where they were staying.
"If you want to book a motel in Mudgee (in the center west of New South Wales) you can call it if you wish or you can go directly to their website," he said.
"But they will not believe it, 50 percent of Australians now use these websites because they have fallen in love with the lie that they are cheaper." And it is almost impossible to find the website of the family business. "
Smith said that going to a family business website was good for both his pocket and the country.
"You can book directly, get the best price and the money stays in Australia," he said.
"My suggestion, by the way, is that I pick up the phone and call the motel directly."
Smith said that consumers should book directly through the website of an individual hotel.
He said that the small family businesses of the countries are obliged to subscribe to these foreign reservation websites, because if they do not, they will lose 50 percent of their business.
A motel owner told ABC's ABC Alls program late last month about the price discrepancy between booking websites and a motel website, Smith said in his video.
"I just wanted people to know that it's much easier to contact the motel directly, you'll get a better deal than you'll have with those guys," the motel owner said.
"They are charging motels anywhere between 15 percent and 30 percent on commission, all that money goes abroad and they do not pay taxes in Australia either."
Smith said that 50 percent of Australians used hotel reservation websites managed by foreigners (stock image)