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Travel Tech Commends European Commission Action on Google Search


Steve Shur on July 03, 2017

Arlington, VA – June 29, 2017 – The Travel Technology Association (Travel Tech), the trade association for leaders in online travel innovation, released the following statement in response to the European Commission’s recent decision regarding the Google Search anti-trust case.

"The EU Google case is important to all e-commerce, but particularly impactful for the travel industry.  Google's dominant position in search, coupled with its recent foray into hotel and flight search and booking platforms, creates an anti-competitive environment at the expense of consumers," said Steve Shur, President of Travel Tech. 

"The Commission’s actions are warranted and we commend the action," Shur continued.  "Google's restrictive behavior not only diminishes competition, which ultimately harms consumers, but also serves as a disincentive to innovation, as start-ups and new entrants may view the search environment as futile under Google’s stronghold on search.  For online travel platforms, the European Commission’s actions are welcome news and we hope that these remedies will be considered globally given Google’s dominant position in every market around the world. We look forward to advocating for greater competition and transparency in the marketplace on behalf of consumers everywhere."

Contact: Steve Shur, President. sshur@traveltech.org, 703-842-3754