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Articles tagged “eu”

European Union Rebukes Trump’s Travel Ban

European Union Rebukes Trump’s Travel Ban

Lorne Cook and Samuel Petrequin, The Associated Press

In line with his past track record, President Trump issued his EU travel ban unilaterally. These times call for cooperation, but that's not what is happening.

4 weeks ago

Meliá Hotels Fined $7.2 Million by European Union for Antitrust Breach

Meliá Hotels Fined $7.2 Million by European Union for Antitrust Breach

Patrick Whyte, Skift

The European single market is a sacred thing and anyone caught trying to divide it up like the old days is liable to be on the receiving end of a punishment. In this case, Meliá's cooperation with the investigation has helped cut its fine.

2 months ago

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

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

Dennis Schaal, Skift

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.

2 months ago

Europe’s Top Court Sides With Airbnb in a Major Case Brought by Hotels in France

Europe’s Top Court Sides With Airbnb in a Major Case Brought by Hotels in France

Associated Press

Airbnb has staked its entire model on the sometimes-tenuous idea that it's not an accommodation provider, but a digital platform. The company will be relieved to find that Europe's top court agrees.

4 months ago

A Post-Brexit Labor Market Will Severely Hurt UK Tourism’s Ability to Recruit

A Post-Brexit Labor Market Will Severely Hurt UK Tourism’s Ability to Recruit

Rosie Spinks, Skift

What will happen with Brexit is still anyone's guess. But the end of the "freedom of movement" — which is the most likely outcome in the event of any Brexit deal or no deal — will present existential hiring challenges for the tourism sector's labor force.

6 months ago

Airbnb Offers Greater Price Transparency in Europe After Regulatory Threats

Airbnb Offers Greater Price Transparency in Europe After Regulatory Threats

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Once again — and this time it's the issue of pricing transparency in alternative lodging — European regulators are out in front of their counterparts in other parts of the world, including those in the United States. Travelers shouldn't have to be detectives in trying to figure out what their lodging tab will be.

9 months ago

Brexit Back in Focus for Travel Industry With Prime Minister Race Raising New Questions

Brexit Back in Focus for Travel Industry With Prime Minister Race Raising New Questions

Patrick Whyte, Skift

After granting a Brexit extension, EU leaders urged the UK not to waste this extra time – but that is precisely what politicians have done. Talk of leaving without a deal has grown in recent weeks and that should terrify travel businesses, even those who would enjoy a boost in inbound visitors.

9 months ago

UK Travel Bookings Surge With Brexit Divorce Postponement

UK Travel Bookings Surge With Brexit Divorce Postponement

Lucca de Paoli and Ellen Milligan, Bloomberg

UK tour operators can heave a sigh of relief at last. With the Brexit divorce being postponed to October, Brits are saying “sod it, we’re going on a summer holiday.” Good for them.

12 months ago

Brits Could Lose Free Mobile Roaming When Traveling to EU

Brits Could Lose Free Mobile Roaming When Traveling to EU

Thomas Seal, Bloomberg

Brexit would have a steep price, and no longer escaping mobile roaming charges for Brits traveling to the UK, and for European Union citizens traveling to the UK, could be one of the components. Were leave voters thinking of that?

1 year ago

Airbnb Counters Paris’ Claims That Many Listings Are Illegal

Airbnb Counters Paris’ Claims That Many Listings Are Illegal

Geraldine Amiel, Bloomberg

We've seen this movie before. Should Airbnb be responsible for the legality of listings on its site? Will municipalities be able to curb Airbnb as a way to counter skyrocketing rents? A happy ending isn't a likely scenario.

1 year ago

Heathrow Collects Dutch Parts for Luggage Carousels in Case of a No-Deal Brexit

Heathrow Collects Dutch Parts for Luggage Carousels in Case of a No-Deal Brexit

Irene García Pérez, Bloomberg

Call off the fearmongers. The CEO of Heathrow said operations should be fairly normal because of existing agreements if the UK exits the European Union without signed paperwork. That's reassuring, and we hope he's correct.

1 year ago

Booking CEO Opposes Proposed EU Tax as an Innovation Killer

Booking CEO Opposes Proposed EU Tax as an Innovation Killer

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Booking.com CEO Gillian Tans sounds like a typical corporate boss, opposing additional taxation as anti-business. The proposed EU tax on revenue would amount to double taxation, and that's seldom a good thing.

1 year ago