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OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Aug. 18th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

This week’s Update for the week ending August, 18, 2017 is below. Short-term rental regulation is featured prominently in this week’s Update...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Aug. 4th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

This week’s OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending August 4, 2017 is below. An important update on the status of rate parity in the EU leads things off in this week’s Update...more

An expensive omission?

by Hogan Lovells on

On 25 July 2017, a travel agency in Hong Kong and its deputy operations manager were convicted of the offence of "misleading omissions" under the Trade Descriptions Ordinance ("TDO"). They were found to have omitted telling...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - July 14th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

A number of updated and new stories in this week’s OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending July 14, 2017. We hope you enjoy. Expedia’s MeetingMarket Now Speaks English [OTA/GROUP] ("Expedia extends...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - June 30th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Our weekly OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending June 30, 2017 is below. A mix of stories in this week’s update. Airbnb Continues Its March Toward Mainstream Lodging (SHORT-TERM RENTALS) ("Airbnb signs...more

UK: FCA call for input on access to insurance

by Hogan Lovells on

On 20 June 2017, the Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA“) published a Call for Input inviting firms (amongst other stakeholders) to submit their views on the challenges they face in providing travel insurance to consumers who...more

The Brexit Negotiations (2): What is the UK’s Opening Position?

by WilmerHale on

This is our second Alert on the Brexit negotiation1, which started on Monday, June 19, 2017. Having outlined the EU’s opening position, we now turn to that of the United Kingdom. The main source used is the UK Government’s...more

President Trump Announces Changes to Cuba Policy

by Cozen O'Connor on

On June 16, 2017, President Trump announced changes to the U.S. policy toward Cuba aimed at tightening travel restrictions on U.S. persons and limiting the Cuban military’s access to U.S. dollars. Although announced on June...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - May 19th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Our weekly OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending May 21, 2017 is below. Nothing earth shattering this week... Accor Launches Dynamic Packaging [DIRECT BOOKING]. Joining the ranks of Marriott and other...more

Travel Agencies Hail Proposed Legislation Providing Overtime Exemption, But Employment Bills in General Face Uphill Battle

by Littler on

Last week Rep. Francis Rooney (R-FL) introduced a bill that would remove travel agents from the Department of Labor's list of workers that cannot qualify for the Fair Labor Standards Act's (FLSA) overtime exemption for retail...more

Hong Kong court upholds bar on stand-alone private actions under the Competition Ordinance?

by Hogan Lovells on

The Hong Kong Competition Ordinance ("Ordinance") does not currently provide for the right to bring stand-alone private actions for contraventions of competition rules. In a decision handed down on 27 April 2017, the High...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - May 5th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Our OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending Friday, May 5, 2017 is below. - Industry To Again Focus Attention on Distribution Duopoly [OTA]. In an article last week, Bloomberg shared details from an AHLA...more

The Feds Embrace the Sharing Economy

by Fisher Phillips on

A while back, we posted about corporate travel and the sharing economy, noting the burgeoning acceptance of ride-sharing expenses by corporate America. Despite ongoing criticism and litigation, the sharing economy continues...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - March 31st, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Some interesting stories in this week’s GSB OTA & Travel Distribution Update (for the week ending March 31, 2017): - Restaurant Bookings Today, Hotel Reservations Tomorrow [SOCIAL MEDIA]. This week’s Chefs & Tech...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - March 26th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

This week’s Update for the week of March 26, 2017 is below: Airbnb cracks down on San Francisco hosts, booting out hundreds - Revitalization Partners, Mar 24, 2017 - Home-sharing company Airbnb says it has evicted...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - March 10th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

The Battle of Reports Continues [Short-Term Rentals]. By now, most everyone is likely aware of the AHLA funded study recently conducted by CBRE’s hotel division of Airbnb and its whole-unit / multi-unit hosts. The resulting...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Feb. 24th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

This week’s client OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending February 24, 2017 is below. Several interesting OTA stories this week, including an update on another Seattle-based travel distribution company, Utrip....more

What businesses need to know about amendments to Canadian consumer protection laws in 2017

by DLA Piper on

The past year has been a busy one for provincial governments and consumer protection laws in Canada. Several provinces have been busy closing gaps and loopholes that had resulted in some businesses being caught by consumer...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Jan. 27th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

This week’s OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending January 27, 2017 is below. Not a lot of news to report this week; surprisingly little came out of this past week’s Americas Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS) in...more

No Tax, No Travel

by Butler Snow LLP on

If you are not expecting a refund this year, you may be wondering what taxes have to do with your travel plans. A little over a year ago, Congress passed a law to authorize funding for highways known as “Fixing America’s...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Jan. 20th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Our weekly client OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending January 20, 2017 is below. Not a lot of significant developments this past week, but next week’s Americas Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS) in Los Angeles...more

 OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Jan. 13th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Jan. 13th, 2017 Chinese tourists spend more via online travel agencies: report Chinese tourists spent more money via online travel agencies (OTA) thanks to rapid growth of e-commerce and...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update – Jan. 6th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Our first client OTA & Travel Distribution Update for 2017 is below. Not a lot to report this week, so we will keep the Update short....more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update – Dec. 30th, 2016

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

My final client OTA & Travel Distribution Update for 2016 is below. It has been a quite week in the world of distribution. Here’s to a 2017 filled with much success and happiness. Happy New Year....more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update – Dec. 22nd, 2016

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Our weekly client OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the short week ending December 22, 2016 is below. This week’s update is brief one....more

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