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Uber Explores OTA Business

A recent patent application suggests Uber might try to delve into the online travel booking business. CNBC reports that a mobile app that would link real-time airplane landings and the availability of Uber cars could be in development, according to ...

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AH&LA Opposes Expedia-Orbitz Merger

AH&LA Opposes Expedia-Orbitz Merger

The American Hotel & Lodging Association today announced its opposition to Expedia’s pending $1.6 billion acquisition of Orbitz, which is currently being reviewed by the Department of Justice (DOJ). Katherine Lugar, president and CEO of AH&LA, says the association believes ...

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Senators Klobuchar and Lee Question Orbitz, Expedia Merger

Senators Klobuchar and Lee Question Orbitz, Expedia Merger

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Mike Lee (R-UT) today called on the Department of Justice (DOJ) to closely scrutinize the proposed acquisition of Orbitz by Expedia. Online travel agencies serve an important role in encouraging a competitive market ...

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HVS: OTAs Remain a Heavy Burden on Hotel Profit Margins

HVS: OTAs Remain a Heavy Burden on Hotel Profit Margins

LONDON—Online travel agents (OTAs) such as Priceline and Expedia have become ever-more powerful as a result of strategic acquisitions of smaller, regional players with Priceline now controlling 62 percent of the European market, while Expedia holds around 70 percent of ...

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Rogue Third-Party Booking Sites Cause Challenges

Rogue Third-Party Booking Sites Cause Challenges

After spending hours searching for the perfect accommodation package, a soon-to-be traveler finally settles on a suite with an ocean view. Anxious to nail down her trip details, she hastily clicks “Pay Now.” But when she arrives at the hotel, ...

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AH&LA Educates Consumers on Rogue Online Vendors

AH&LA Educates Consumers on Rogue Online Vendors

Over the past few years, the rise of online booking has become an integral part of trip-planning, making booking a hotel a fast, easy, and convenient part of planning a summer vacation. These online travel bookings are big business: There ...

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