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JetBlue calls Fareportal distribution antitrust lawsuit "frivolous"
By Arnie Weissmann - Travel Weekly | January 8, 2021
Fareportal, parent of OTAs CheapOAir and One Travel, filed a lawsuit in federal court alleging that JetBlue Airways violated antitrust laws. Read More
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STARTUP STAGE: WKND curates local weekend adventure packages
By Mitra Sorrells | December 15, 2020
 WKND is targeting millennials with what it calls a retreats-as-a-service platform that provides personalized adventure packages within a three-hour drive.   Read More
Interview | Startups
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AirAsia boss on the Google threat and extending the brand
By Linda Fox | December 11, 2020
AirAsia Group boss Tony Fernandes believes airlines will end up outbidding each other on Google. Read More
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Travel companies ask European regulators to enforce Google dominance decision
November 16, 2020
In a letter to the commissioner for competition, 130 companies and 28 industry organizations, across numerous sectors, ask the Commission to enforce its 2017 abuse of dominance decision. Read More
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U.S. Thanksgiving travel trends show clear shift in destination preferences
By Mitra Sorrells | November 13, 2020
Data from Sojern shows a dramatic shift in interest from large cities such as New York and San Francisco to smaller, vacation destination such as Orlando and Denver for both flights and hotels. Read More
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Online travel platforms dispute "gatekeeper" claims as Europe readies digital legislation
By Linda Fox | November 11, 2020
Proposals for new European digital legislation in Europe could include online travel players such as Airbnb and Booking.com. Read More
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STARTUP STAGE: Float provides price comparison, booking of local mobility options
By Mitra Sorrells | November 10, 2020
The platform launched in beta in Singapore at the start of the year and is now launching in the United States beginning in San Francisco. Read More
Interview | Startups
Hot 25 Startups 2021: Air Doctor
Hot 25 Startups 2021: Air Doctor
By PhocusWire | November 9, 2020
Air Doctor is a digital platform that provides a global medical network of physicians and makes it accessible to any traveler, anywhere. Read More
Interview | Startups
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Google says COVID boosted OTA usage in APAC
By Mitra Sorrells | October 26, 2020
Google's sector lead for travel and vertical search in APAC shared results of the company's consumer surveys during a keynote at ITB Asia.     Read More
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Sounding Off: Can Google really be fair?
Sounding Off: Can Google really be fair?
By PhocusWire | October 23, 2020
Whatever happens in the coming months (perhaps even years) with the Google antitrust suit, travel en masse will not be happy with outcome. Read More
Interview | Online
Travel brands eager for a hit on Google might be disappointed
Travel brands eager for a hit on Google might be disappointed
By Robert Cole - RockCheetah and Phocuswright | October 22, 2020
Travel industry expert and analyst Robert Cole dives into the antitrust probe into Google and finds there is little there that will appease concerns in the travel industry. Read More
Opinion | Online
Travel industry reacts to Google antitrust probe in the U.S.
Travel industry reacts to Google antitrust probe in the U.S.
By PhocusWire | October 20, 2020
Google, it is claimed, has abused its dominant position in search and advertising to keep competition down. So, how is the industry reacting so far? And what about Google itself? Read More
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WEBINAR REPLAY! Future-proof your hotel marketing strategy for 2020 and beyond
WEBINAR REPLAY! Future-proof your hotel marketing strategy for 2020 and beyond
By PhocusWire | October 20, 2020
In this webinar we look at how hotel marketers can navigate these changes and plan for the future with robust marketing strategies. Read More
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U.S. Justice Department files antitrust lawsuit against Google, travel brands brace for proceedings
By Linda Fox | October 20, 2020
The Justice Department is claiming that Google has abused its dominant position in search and advertising to keep competition down. Read More
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Skyscanner, Expedia, Hopper on need for transparency in travel retailing
By Mitra Sorrells | October 14, 2020
At an ATPCO virtual event, product managers from the three companies shared how they are adapting to the new needs of customers. Read More
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