Articles tagged “competition”

News Blog

South Korean Antitrust Watchdog Fines Booking.com and Agoda

South Korea's antitrust regulator said Tuesday it would slap two Booking Holdings brands fines of $1,750 (2.5 million won) for its flagship brand Booking.com — and a similar fine on sister brand Agoda — for not clearly telling customers that their search results are partly based on advertising, Yonhap News Agency reported. CORRECTION: This article…

News Blog

India Competition Watchdog Hits MakeMyTrip and Oyo With $47 Million in Sanctions

India's competition watchdog has fined online hotel-booking company MakeMyTrip Group about $27 million (₹223.48 crore) and hotel chain Oyo about $20 million (₹168.88 crore) for anti-competitive behavior. The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has been investigating the companies since 2019, after a hotel body alleged that MakeMyTrip gave biased preference to SoftBank-backed Oyo on its…

Online Travel

Calling Booking.com a Gatekeeper Wouldn’t Have the Impact European Regulators Expect

The European Commission found that banning certain rate parity provisions impacted competition minimally. Therefore, perhaps designating Booking.com a "gatekeeper," were it to happen, wouldn't be the end of online travel as we know it.

Calling Booking.com a Gatekeeper Wouldn’t Have the Impact European Regulators Expect

Online Travel

What a Google Breakup Would Mean for Travel

Superapps and connected trips would take a hit if Google were forced to self-immolate. However, competition would flourish if authorities curtail Google bias.

What a Google Breakup Would Mean for Travel

Online Travel

Trivago Looks to Take Share From Google If Regulators Step In

Trivago's expectation that it could benefit from the EU chomping down on Google Travel during 2022 is very much an open question. Beyond the fines levied and outside of travel, Google has managed to maneuver its way around regulatory crackdowns to a large degree.

Trivago Looks to Take Share From Google If Regulators Step In

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