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 Slim Leather Travel … [Read more…]

Here Are Travel’s Big Winners in an Antitrust Crackdown on Big Tech

The federal government is contemplating a regulatory crackdown against Google, Facebook and Amazon. Skift Take: Some are too scared to say so publicly, but much of the travel industry would welcome a diminution of Google’s vast market power. If a U.S. regulatory probe gets going against Big Tech, it is a very open question how … [Read more…]

Google May Face New U.S. Justice Department Antitrust Probe

The U.S. Department of Justice may mount an antitrust investigation looking into Google’s business practices. Associated Press Skift Take: The momentum is certainly building for a renewed look into Google’s business practices as they relate to antitrust issues. As part of that, a wide swath of travel businesses would welcome such a probe. — Dennis … [Read more…]

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 … [Read more…]

What a Breakup of Big Tech Could Mean for Travel

Joe Crimmings / Flickr Skift Take: Going down the rabbit hole and considering the effect of a big tech crackdown in travel, Google and global distribution systems have perhaps the most to lose. It’s likely, though, that few, if any, of Elizabeth Warren’s proposed restrictions will ever become U.S. law. — Andrew Sheivachman Slim Leather … [Read more…]