Heavy blow for Booking.com: The world’s largest portal for hotel accommodation may no longer prohibit its contract partners from offering rooms at a lower price than stated on the platform. This was decided on May 18 by the German Federal Court of Justice in Karlsruhe.
Travel booking giant Expedia and its affiliates will take steps to ensure non-partnering hotels are no longer falsely advertised as “sold out” on its platforms.
The German Hotel Association supports a class-action lawsuit brought by around 2,000 hotels against Booking.com at the Berlin Regional Court. The suit claims that, since 2004 at… Read more “German Hotels suing booking.com”
Some 40 companies and trade bodies in nine EU countries, Switzerland and the United States, including eDreams Odigeo, Expedia and Tripadvisor, have accused Google of favoring its own vacation rental service on its search engine.
According to marketwatch.com, the global online travel market is expected to grow from US$ 570.25 billion in 2017 to US$ 1.134.55 billion by 2023, at a compound… Read more “Why OTA’s are not good for you”
Russia’s Federal Anti-monopoly Service (FAS) has opened an investigation into hotel reservation website Booking.com.
People booking hotels online can now do so with more confidence following a CMA (the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority) probe of the sector.
Even more consolidation in the OTA market as Booking Holdings acquires HotelsCombined.
After all, hotels are becoming ever better educated about how to drive direct bookings. And many (though still not enough!) are questioning the validity of handing over their data to powerful OTAs, just to have their pricing strategy controlled by somebody else!