Articles tagged “regulation”

Here Are Travel’s Big Winners in an Antitrust Crackdown on Big Tech

Here Are Travel’s Big Winners in an Antitrust Crackdown on Big Tech

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Some are too scared to say so publicly, but much of the travel industry would welcome a diminution of Google's vast market power. If a U.S. regulatory probe gets going against Big Tech, it is a very open question how far-reaching a remedy might be in the offing.

2 weeks ago

Google May Face New U.S. Justice Department Antitrust Probe

Google May Face New U.S. Justice Department Antitrust Probe

Dennis Schaal, Skift

The momentum is certainly building for a renewed look into Google's business practices as they relate to antitrust issues. As part of that, a wide swath of travel businesses would welcome such a probe.

3 weeks ago

Google’s Travel Services Aren’t a Focus of European Regulators Just Yet

Google’s Travel Services Aren’t a Focus of European Regulators Just Yet

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Over the last couple of years, rumors have been flying around that the European Union wanted to take a closer look at Google's travel tools. For now at least, that doesn't seem to be the case.

3 months ago

What a Breakup of Big Tech Could Mean for Travel

What a Breakup of Big Tech Could Mean for Travel

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Going down the rabbit hole and considering the effect of a big tech crackdown in travel, Google and global distribution systems have perhaps the most to lose. It's likely, though, that few, if any, of Elizabeth Warren's proposed restrictions will ever become U.S. law.

3 months ago

Expedia and Booking Agree to Changes on Search After UK Investigation

Expedia and Booking Agree to Changes on Search After UK Investigation

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Understandably, Expedia and Booking are both trying to spin this in their favor as much as possible but it seems like a big win for the UK's competition regulator. We'll have to keep an eye on how much it really changes things and whether other countries follow up.

4 months ago

Uber CEO Hopes IPO Will Solve Its Saudi Arabia Investor Problem

Uber CEO Hopes IPO Will Solve Its Saudi Arabia Investor Problem

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Uber needs to shed its Saudi Arabia investment as long as Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman remains in power, and the country bombs innocents in Yemen. Uber's leaders know they have to do this, but how they dump their Saudi investment and the extent of the divorce remain to be seen.

6 months ago

The Roadblocks Airbnb Must Tackle on Its Way to Possible IPO: Skift’s Latest Research

The Roadblocks Airbnb Must Tackle on Its Way to Possible IPO: Skift’s Latest Research

Rebecca Stone, Skift Research

What is hurting Airbnb’s ability to see true success? Increasing regulation, the company’s potential impact on local housing markets and the traditional hotel sector, and the company’s increasing role in hospitality and accommodation distribution. In this report, we attack all three.

8 months ago

China Online Travel Faces Unprecedented Regulation

China Online Travel Faces Unprecedented Regulation

Bloomberg

Chinese online travel may be imperiled from increasing regulation as well as the trade war and aggressive rhetoric between the U.S. and China. On the other hand, the Chinese middle class will not be denied; their passports are ready.

9 months ago

$5 Billion EU Fine Against Google Brings Travel Back Into the Spotlight

$5 Billion EU Fine Against Google Brings Travel Back Into the Spotlight

Patrick Whyte, Skift

With another multibillion dollar fine handed down, we might be getting nearer to the European Commission taking a closer look at Google's travel products.

11 months ago

Uber Is Fighting Its London Ban in Court Without Much Pushback From Regulators

Uber Is Fighting Its London Ban in Court Without Much Pushback From Regulators

Jeremy Hodges and Jonathan Browning, Bloomberg

Uber claims it has addressed the regulatory concerns that caused it to lose its operating license in London. Regulators agree that the ridesharing company has changed course, but a judge must decide what happens next.

12 months ago

Airbnb and HomeAway Will Operate in Vancouver Despite Tight Rental Restrictions

Airbnb and HomeAway Will Operate in Vancouver Despite Tight Rental Restrictions

Natalie Wong and Gerrit De Vynck, Bloomberg

Vancouver isn't banning short-term rentals, but is trying to take carpetbagger investors running quasi-hotels out of the game. Airbnb and HomeAway are playing their own game — trying to make nice with regulators to avoid outright prohibitions.

2 years ago

The European Union Is Preparing to Get Tough on Data Protection

The European Union Is Preparing to Get Tough on Data Protection

Patrick Whyte , Skift

With privacy and data protection becoming bigger issues for consumers, it's not a surprise to see the European Union step up its regulation. Travel companies all over the world should be paying attention.

2 years ago