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OTA & Travel Distribution Update: 2019 Year in Review

USA - January 6 2020 With 2020 now upon us and 2019 in the rearview mirror, I thought this would be a good time to take a look back at the stories (and the themes that...

OTA & Travel Distribution Update: Booking.com agrees to EU demands to change travel offers, also signs deal with Google Nest; Expedia's chairman speaks on company’s future during ‘fireside chat’; CCPA takes effect January 1, 2020

USA, European Union - December 30 2019 The European Commission said that Booking.com had committed to end “manipulative techniques” on its travel site, such as time-limits for making bookings.......

OTA & Travel Distribution Update: South Korean competition authority's antitrust enforcement action against major OTAs; U.K.’s Competition and Markets Authority reinforces focus on consumer practices of intermediary platforms

South Korea, United Kingdom - December 20 2019 South Korea’s Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) is rumored to be considering possible antitrust enforcement action against the distributors BOOKING.com...

OTA & Travel Distribution Update: Sudden resignations of Expedia Group CEO & CFO; Kayak’s metasearch business model evolves with launch of Kayak Premium; Amazon slowly expands its travel products on its Indian travel platform

USA - December 13 2019 It should come as no surprise that stories detailing the unexpected resignations of Expedia’s top two senior executives are featured prominently in...

OTA & Travel Distribution Update: Airbnb introduces new 'Cooking' Category on Airbnb Experiences; Pegasus partners with Alibaba-backed Shiji Group to grow its Asia-Pacific market presence

USA - December 6 2019 Last Monday, Airbnb introduced “Cooking” on Airbnb Experiences. The new category of experiences allows travelers to book non-traditional experiential...