A UK competition regulator, The Office of Fair Trading (OFT), is being kept busy in the travel space right now.
Data trends on price parity in hotel rates across some of the major cities in Europe, showing differences in parity on brand sites and online travel agencies, as well as number in overall parity.
Are we seeing the floodgates beginning to open with the hotel price parity issue? Perhaps so, with news of another attempt at a class action in the US against online travel agencies and hotel chains.
A class action suit was filed this week in California against various major online travel retailers and hotel chains alleging antitrust violations in relation to resale price management (RPM) agreements.
There is a whiff of anger in the air, it appears, over alleged price fixing between online travel agencies and hotels – with a class action being brought against some of the biggest travel brands on the planet in the US.
It looks like the hotel industry’s trusty steed, rate parity, is lumbering towards the knackers yard, trash heap, call it what you like…
With no formal training in marketing I’m often quite baffled by the industry’s terms and expressions. Perhaps cynically, I often feel they’re put in place to distract the consumer.
I stumbled across an amazing piece of software recently called Splunk. It does for server logs what Google does for web-pages, more or less.
An investigation into possible breaches of competition law around online hotel bookings in the UK has been stepped up a gear by regulators this week.
UK discount hotel booking site Skoosh has issued an angry open letter to metasearch site Kayak after finding its contract terminated without warning.