Online Travel Update: Russian Authorities Impose Antitrust Sanctions on Booking.com, Individual Brand Properties Decide to Join Tripadvisor Subscription Service | Foster Garvey PC

Russian authorities impose antitrust sanction on Booking.com
(“Booking.com faces $ 17.5 million fine in Russia”, Aug 26, 2021 via Skift) (subscription may be required)
The Russian Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) has announced that it is fining Booking.com $ 17.5 million for its alleged abuse of its dominant position in the market. The fine comes nine months after FAS accused the online travel agency of violating Russian competition laws. Booking.com is considering appealing the fine.

Tripadvisor Plus: While brands may not participate, branded properties are
(“TripAdvisor Plus has many hotel chains even though it is short on brand deals”, Aug 25, 2021 via Skift) (subscription may be required)
While most major brands have so far decided not to enter into brand-wide enterprise agreements with Tripadvisor’s subscription service, this reluctance has not stopped branded properties. individuals to appear on the service, whether intentionally or not. It remains to be seen whether the discounted rates at these individual properties (visible to both Members and non-Members of the Subscription Program) attract the attention of other parity-conscious distributors, but if (or when) claims are made (or discounted rates start showing up on other channels thanks to the variety of automatic price matching tools), this will only underscore the reluctance of brands to join the subscription program.


Other news:

County Joins Vegas Room-Tax Row With Online Reservations
Aug 26, 2021 via Arkansas Democrat-Gazette – Business
The county with jurisdiction over the Las Vegas Strip has joined a legal fight to try to collect what lawyers maintain involves millions of dollars in unpaid hotel room taxes owed by more than 20 travel agencies in line.

TripAdvisor and Airbnb join Google as local search engines
Aug 23, 2021 via Phocus Wire
Google is the web service of choice for the vast majority of consumers looking for information on local businesses and activities – but a new survey shows other brands are definitely in the mix.

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