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OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Dec. 1st, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Our weekly OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending December 1, 2017 is below. This week’s Update features a variety of distribution stories as well as a report on the latest rankings of the large hotel loyalty...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Nov. 17th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

This week’s OTA & Travel Distribution Update is below and features stories on both traditional OTAs and short-term rentals. Enjoy....more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Nov. 10th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

This week’s OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending November 10, 2017 is below. Senator Kobuchar’s recent request for an DOJ and FTC investigation into OTAs’ purportedly anti-competitive practices leads this...more

Navigating Disruptive Climates Hosted by Washington Hospitality Association

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Navigating Disruptive Climates, hosted by Washington Hospitality Association, was held on October 22-24, 2017 at the Tulalip Resort Casino in Tulalip, Washington. My presentation at the conference, "The War Rages: Hotels vs....more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Nov. 3rd, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Our weekly OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending, Friday, November 3, is below. The week’s update features a variety of stories, including a potentially landmark purchase by Airbnb....more

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

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

This week’s OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending October 27, 2017 is below. This week's Update includes a number of substantive stories on OTAs, particularly, European authorities’ renewed interest in OTAs’...more

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

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

This week’s OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending October 20, 2017 is below. Short-term rentals feature prominently is this week’s Update...more

Hotel comparison websites under investigation

by Bryan Cave on

On 27 October 2017, the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) announced that it had launched investigations into several hotel booking websites on the grounds that they were potentially misleading consumers....more

Owner Beware: Changes Coming for Recognizing Revenue under Online Travel Agency (OTA) Contracts

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Revenue is an important indicator of a hotel property’s financial health. It is used to analyze and interpret financial results using key industry operating metrics ( i.e., average daily rate [ADR] and revenue per available...more

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

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

This week’s OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending Friday, October 13, is below. This week’s Update features stories on short-term rentals (or should I say hotels?), OTAs and loyalty. I hope you enjoy....more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Oct. 6th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

This week’s short OTA Update for the week ending Friday, October 6 is below. Distribution, loyalty and short-term rentals are featured in this week’s Update...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Sep. 29th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

This week’s OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending September 29, 2017 is below. This week’s Update is a lengthy one and contains a number of stories that, although not directly associated with distribution, I...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Sep. 22nd, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

This week’s OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending September 22, 2017 is below. This week’s Update features a wide variety of stories on distribution, short-term rentals and loyalty programs....more

Expedia targeted once again by the French

by Bryan Cave on

Following the French Economy Minister’s claim against Expedia in 2013, the Paris Court of Appeals, by decision dated 21 June 2017, heavily fined this Online Travel Agency (OTA), considering that certain provisions in the...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Sep. 15th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Our weekly OTA & Distribution Update for the week ending September 15, 2017 is below. The week’s short Update features a heavy dose of OTA stories...more

EU & Competition Law Update – September 2017

by Bryan Cave on

On the 13th September 2017 Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Commission President, unveiled a framework for investment screening for certain foreign mergers in his “State of the Union” address to the European...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Sep. 8th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

This week’s update features a number of traditional “distributor” stories and updates on short-term rentals. We elected not to include a story involving the much-publicized leadership changes at Expedia (and Uber) as I’m sure...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Aug. 25th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Our weekly OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending August 25, 2017 is below. This week’s Update once again shows that August shaped up to be a relatively quiet month in the distribution world....more

Online Vacation Rental Marketplace Sends Claims Packing with Carefully Drafted Terms

In a resounding victory for well-drafted terms and conditions and robust immunity under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, 47 U.S.C. § 230 (“CDA Section 230”), a Massachusetts district court granted summary...more

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. 11th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

This week’s OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending August 11, 2017 (where has summer gone) is below. Compared to recent weeks, this past week was relatively quiet on the distribution front...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

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - July 28th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Our weekly client OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending July 28, 2017 is below. Two Expedia companies top this week’s Update...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - July 21st, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Integration of Short-Term Rentals Continues [METASEARCH / SHORT-TERM RENTALS] - ("Google Is Testing Vacation Rental Search in Its Hotel Price-Comparison Tool," Skift Travel News, July 20, 2017) - In what was an...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

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