Can such a thing exist? Yes, but if we want it to work, we need short-term rental platforms and local governments to cooperate with each other.
The direct booking wars will not be fought by laying out the evidence to parliamentary committees, but in the hearts of consumers. Still, the arguments and the evidence are definitely worth reading
Restricting travel to the U.S. for people holding Iraqi, Iranian, Sudanese, and Syrian citizenship may seem like a political slam dunk, but it will almost certainly impact international travelers who simply hold dual citizenship. If, of course, they choose to self-report on themselves.
Australian regulatory authorities are going to end up approving Expedia Inc.'s acquisition of Wotif Holdings despite the delay. Expedia can make some concessions and there is certainly plenty of competition in the Australia market, and that's enough to get this deal done.
The Department is likely to get as much criticism for what it doesn't include as for what it does. Those complaints will probably reference the omission of any rules for how airlines must compensate travelers inconvenienced by delayed or cancelled flights.
Plenty has been written about the e-hail companies' battles with regulators and new economy versus old. But their biggest challenge will be running what's basically a Ticketmaster for rides when the barrier for entry -- and costs, too -- are lower for existing players.
IATA's numbers provide a fresh look at an under-performing industry, and the parameters of its proposed solutions are very predictable -- less taxation and weaker regulation.
Declining competition will come with a merger between US Air and American as well as with two weak, independent airlines. The U.S. government is in a better position to force concessions prior to a merger rather than bullying two airlines on their own.
These arguments carry much more weight coming from a hotel CEO than they would from an airline that feels signaled out by restrictive policies.
Carnival Corp. didn't make any concessions in its letter to Senator Rockefeller, arguing that the cruise industry already pays plenty of taxes. Don't expect Carnival to reimburse the U.S. government for its costs in the Triumph incident, although the amount of money would be puny for a corporation of Carnival's size.