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Regulator closes hotel booking probe, claims not a high priority

A British competition watchdog has dropped an investigation into hotel booking rate discount, claiming a “restriction on administrative priority grounds”. The Competition …

 
 
Skyscanner

For those of you keeping score at home, it’s now Skyscanner, 1 – OTAs, 0, in the legal game that’s developed around …

 
 

The travel executive who triggered the long-running investigation into alleged bullying by major online travel agencies over hotel pricing is giving up his fight.

 
 

Two of the largest online travel brands on the planet – Booking.com and Expedia – have agreed to new guidelines which will give other web-based agencies the chance to offer reductions on hotels.

 
 
priceline kayak merger

The UK’s Office of Fair Trading had a key point: Kayak makes less than £70 million a year in the UK.

 
 
priceline kayak merger

The $1.8 billion merger has received the green light from the UK’s Office of Fair Trading.

 
 
expedia trivago

Last week, we reported that Britain’s Office Of Fair Trading (OFT) is casting its eye over US travel giant Expedia’s recent bid …

 
 
oft expedia

Britain’s Office Of Fair Trading (OFT) is investigating the recent acquisitions of Trivago by Expedia and Kayak by Priceline.

 
 
white house petition travel airline ancillaries

A US lobbying firm launched an online petition requesting that the US government mandate that all airlines provide all of their optional services data to GDSs, while in the UK regulators warned travel sites that they must comply with new regulations on displaying total fare prices.

 
 

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.

 
 
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