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Europe’s Top Court Sides With Airbnb in a Major Case Brought by Hotels in France

A Parisian apartment. Mark Hauser Skift Take: Airbnb has staked its entire model on the sometimes-tenuous idea that it’s not an accommodation provider, but a digital platform. The company will be relieved to find that Europe’s top court agrees. — Rosie Spinks Read the Complete Story On Skift

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What the Reappointment of the EU’s Top Antitrust Regulator Means for Travel

Margrethe Vestager. The Danish politician will keep her job as the EU’s anti-trust enforcer. Stine Heilmann / European Union Skift Take: Margrethe Vestager has been a thorn in the side of Google in the past. Will she use her next term to go after the technology giant’s travel vertical? — Patrick Whyte Read the Complete […]

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European Cities Turn to EU for Help in Battle Against Airbnb

Paris is one of 10 cities asking the EU for more help regulating Airbnb. Mike Hauser / Flickr Skift Take: Until Airbnb becomes more forthcoming about the information in its listings, which would enable cities to enforce their local regulations, the company will continue to face opposition from municipalities that want to limit its growth. […]

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Google’s Travel Services Aren’t a Focus of European Regulators Just Yet

Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, at a press conference March 20, 2019 announcing a fine against Google. European Union Skift Take: Over the last couple of years, rumors have been flying around that the European Union wanted to take a closer look at Google’s travel tools. For now at least, that doesn’t seem to be the […]