Articles tagged “competition”

Online Travel

Booking.com Faces $17.5 Million Competition Fine in Russia

These sorts of fines, like the one in Russia, are almost inconsequential to a company the size of Booking.com. Still, the company wants to be in good standing in a country as large as Russia.

Booking.com Faces $17.5 Million Competition Fine in Russia

Online Travel

There Is A Good Chance Google Travel’s Ambitions Are About To Be Reined In, Legislatively

There is a long lobbyist-filled journey ahead for this House committee-backed bill to cut Google Travel down to size. But it's an important step that was almost unthinkable a few years ago.

There Is A Good Chance Google Travel’s Ambitions Are About To Be Reined In, Legislatively

Airlines

British Airways and Ryanair Under Investigation for Failing to Provide Refunds During Lockdowns

The concept isn't radical, although it is controversial: If the government won't allow passengers to fly because of Covid lockdowns, then they should be entitled to refunds. Look for the UK competition authority to spank the two airlines on this one.

British Airways and Ryanair Under Investigation for Failing to Provide Refunds During Lockdowns

Online Travel

Tax-Free Airport Shopping Evaluated by EU Over Antitrust Claims

Global Blue helps international travelers handle refund claims for value-added tax (VAT) on purchases in the European Union. It now faces allegations that it doesn't play fair. We hope the regulators' review takes less time than it does to stand in line for a VAT refund at an airport.

Tax-Free Airport Shopping Evaluated by EU Over Antitrust Claims

Online Travel

Russia Accuses Booking.com of Anticompetitive Practices

Governments around the world have moved to reform online travel agencies' contracts with hotel partners. Booking.com faces a hefty fine if i can't work out a settlement in Russia.

Russia Accuses Booking.com of Anticompetitive Practices

Coronavirus

New Wholesale Model Could Shake Up Airline Distribution Thanks to American Airlines Test With Sabre

We read the 100-page rulings on the proposed merger of Sabre and Farelogix so you don't have to. Airlines want to take over a lot of the tech work from Sabre and its rivals and pay travel agencies directly for bookings. American Airlines says the new model has already saved it millions. But the rulings found few tech vendors up to the task.

New Wholesale Model Could Shake Up Airline Distribution Thanks to American Airlines Test With Sabre

Coronavirus

UK Blocks Sabre Acquisition of Farelogix as Anticompetitive

Sabre's arguments that UK regulators would merely fall in line if a U.S. court backed Sabre's merger with Farelogix were naive. The UK ruling was essentially correct about the proposed deal stifling innovation, and somewhere airlines are quietly celebrating the ruling.

UK Blocks Sabre Acquisition of Farelogix as Anticompetitive
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Online Travel

Preparing for a Post COVID-19 World: 4 Ways Travel Brands Can Learn from Past Events

It’s uncertain what the future holds for the travel industry. But there are some actions that companies can put into place now to prepare for the months and years ahead in a post-COVID-19 world.

Preparing for a Post COVID-19 World: 4 Ways Travel Brands Can Learn from Past Events

Hotels

Google’s Critics Dismiss Move Posting Competitors’ Travel Links as Window Dressing

Google is bending somewhat to intense regulatory pressure in Europe. But its answers in travel to date aren't very meaningful.

Google’s Critics Dismiss Move Posting Competitors’ Travel Links as Window Dressing

Online Travel

Google Bows to European Pressure and Tests Adding Travel Rivals’ Direct Links

Google has argued for years that its boxed-up and featured hotel, flight, and restaurant results are highlighted because they provide users with the "best answers." But in Europe, regulators may have pushed Google to acquiesce, offering its competitors some air time in its featured results by testing direct links.

Google Bows to European Pressure and Tests Adding Travel Rivals’ Direct Links