TRAVEL TECHNOLOGY

Travel companies ask European regulators to enforce Google dominance decision

Google | November 18, 2020

Travel innovation organizations are pushing for the European Commission to address Google's act of presenting its own administrations as a rule search.

In a letter to Margrethe Vestager, magistrate for rivalry, 130 organizations and 28 industry associations, over various areas, request that the Commission "enforce its 2017 abuse of dominance decision."

The letter says that Google doesn't contend reasonably in search and has not accomplished by "competing on the merit."

The letter proceeds to state that despite the fact that the impending recommendations on the guideline of computerized watchmen may support longer term, the Commission should act currently, utilizing the current system, to address the circumstance.

"Many of us may not have the strength and resources to wait until such regulation really takes effect."

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In the remote Galapagos Islands, far from anywhere else, you'd think the accommodation would be pretty basic. Not so on the Grand Queen Beatrice, Intrepid's luxurious new Galapagos boat. In this video, one traveller takes us on a walkthrough of the boat, from the cabins to the bar and dining areas and the jacuzzi up on deck. She reflects on daily life on a Galapagos cruise, explains the dynamic of travelling in a small group, and describes the unforgettable feeling of getting up close to the rare wildlife of the Galapagos. Ready to join us onboard?

Spotlight

In the remote Galapagos Islands, far from anywhere else, you'd think the accommodation would be pretty basic. Not so on the Grand Queen Beatrice, Intrepid's luxurious new Galapagos boat. In this video, one traveller takes us on a walkthrough of the boat, from the cabins to the bar and dining areas and the jacuzzi up on deck. She reflects on daily life on a Galapagos cruise, explains the dynamic of travelling in a small group, and describes the unforgettable feeling of getting up close to the rare wildlife of the Galapagos. Ready to join us onboard?

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VacationRenter Upgrades Platform, Gets New Partners

VacationRenter | May 26, 2022

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Mindtree Launches Digital Health Passport for Travel to Improve Traveler Experience and Safety

Mindtree | November 01, 2021

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Brittain Resorts and Hotels Selects Agilysys Cloud-Native SaaS Property Management Solutions

Brittain Resorts and Hotels & Agilysys | November 20, 2021

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