Articles tagged “antitrust”

Google Travel Feeling Intensified Antitrust Pressure

Google Travel Feeling Intensified Antitrust Pressure

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Might 2018 be the year U.S. regulators take a hard look anew at Google's travel-business practices after declining to take action in 2012? We hope so, in the interests of fair play, although the Trump Administration has been keen to reduce government regulation of businesses, not increase it.

3 weeks ago

Are Hotels and Online Travel Agencies Colluding on Keyword Bidding?

Are Hotels and Online Travel Agencies Colluding on Keyword Bidding?

Sean O'Neill, Skift

The largest hotel chains and online travel agencies have deals on paid search marketing practices that effectively trim their ad spend on Google. But smaller players remain unprotected from tough marketing tactics.

1 month ago

Google Sues to Block EU Antitrust Fine as Travel Probe Could Be on the Agenda

Google Sues to Block EU Antitrust Fine as Travel Probe Could Be on the Agenda

Aoife White, Bloomberg

Google's move to appeal the fine will tie up the matter in litigation for an extended period. Meanwhile, much of the travel industry is waiting for the other boot to drop — a probe into Google's travel practices, as EU officials have hinted.

4 months ago

Google Slapped With Record $2.7 Billion EU Antitrust Fine for Biasing Search Results

Google Slapped With Record $2.7 Billion EU Antitrust Fine for Biasing Search Results

Aoife White, Bloomberg

This is a big defeat for Google although with $90 billion in cash, the $2.7 billion fine won't imperil the company. This ruling is about shopping and doesn't impact Google's travel services, although it gives Google's travel critics a bit of momentum.

7 months ago

Google Critic No Longer Leading Candidate to Head U.S. Federal Trade Commission

Google Critic No Longer Leading Candidate to Head U.S. Federal Trade Commission

Jennifer Jacobs and David McLaughlin, Bloomberg

If European regulators slap Google with a multi-billion dollar fine over its search practices, will the U.S. Federal Trade Commission or Justice Department just sit back and watch the action from a far. Expedia, TripAdvisor, Yelp and many others have a keen interest in the pick to head the FTC.

7 months ago

Priceline Group CEO Faults Hotel Association for False Allegations

Priceline Group CEO Faults Hotel Association for False Allegations

Dennis Schaal, Skift

There is ample competition among hotels, online travel agencies, and airlines in the U.S. travel marketplace as all of these sectors have seen a spate of consolidation. It may make sense business-wise for these companies, but none of it is particularly good for consumers or competition.

8 months ago

Turkish Court Limits Hotel Sales on Booking.com Website

Turkish Court Limits Hotel Sales on Booking.com Website

Associated Press

Contrary to published reports, Booking.com's dispute with a local hotel association, which involves a license requirement among other issues, did not prompt a Turkish court to shut down the site's operations in Turkey. The court order does order Booking.com to stop selling hotels in Turkey to domestic customers, and Booking.com says it is "blinding" those properties.

10 months ago

Alaska Air Nearing Deal With Regulators to Seal Virgin America Buy

Alaska Air Nearing Deal With Regulators to Seal Virgin America Buy

David McLaughlin and Mary Schlagenstein, Bloomberg

The Alaska Airlines-Virgin America merger is going to happen. The question is what did regulators force the airlines to give up.

1 year ago

Is China Holding the Marriott-Starwood Deal Hostage?

Is China Holding the Marriott-Starwood Deal Hostage?

Deanna Ting, Skift

In China, anything is possible when it comes to antitrust clearance and there are a number of potential reasons why regulatory authorities there extended their review of the Marriott-Starwood merger. This prolonged waiting game could be part of a larger strategy to extract concessions and finish off part of what Anbang started in March.

1 year ago

Buying TripAdvisor: Would Antitrust Issues Kill a Priceline or Google Acquisition?

Buying TripAdvisor: Would Antitrust Issues Kill a Priceline or Google Acquisition?

Dennis Schaal, Skift

While one U.S. administration is getting ready to pack up things in the White House and Trump or Clinton hope to redecorate the place on their own, it could be an opportune time to sneak a Priceline-TripAdvisor or Google-TripAdvisor marriage past those sometimes-pesky antitrust regulators.

1 year ago

Booking.com’s Hotel Rate Practices Get Slapped Down in Germany

Booking.com’s Hotel Rate Practices Get Slapped Down in Germany

Dennis Schaal, Skift

The German regulator's ruling to reject Booking.com's reformed hotel rate practices as not going far enough could be a landmark decision if it holds up upon appeal and if other European countries follow Germany's lead. Booking.com may have the leverage to inhibit hotel partners from getting carried away on discounting but the ruling is a victory for consumers nonetheless.

2 years ago

Airline Price Collusion Probe Targeting Shareholder Communications

Airline Price Collusion Probe Targeting Shareholder Communications

David McLaughlin and Mary Schlangenstein, Bloomberg

2 years ago