Posts Tagged ‘hotels’

Hotel price fixing and other wild adventures

Please excuse the cigar smoke. I just got out of the virtual board-room in my head and it was kind of stuffy in there. The big chiefs seem to like it that way. So, we were discussing where to go next with our plans for the hotel industry. Looking back, we’ve made good progress. We […]

What goes on in Amsterdam gets publicised across the entire web.

This whole rate parity campaign has been full of surprises and never more so than at the eyefortravel conference this week in Amsterdam. After my slight debacle in Budapest recently when two fine ladies relieved me of near enough £700 the night before I spoke at the Hotrec conference (I’ll save that for the book), […]

Open Letter to Steve Hafner, C.E.O.

Hi Steve, Now that you have formally disconnected us from your price comparison site I’d like to discuss with you some issues relating to our past cooperation. As you’re most likely aware, we’ve been working with Kayak for 5 years now. I realise Skoosh is not your largest client but at something like $1m advertising […]

Open Letter to F.T.C. Chairman Jon Leibowitz

Dear Mr. Leibowitz, Greetings from Brighton, England. I took a concern to the U.S.D.O.J. earlier this year relating to resale price maintenance and various other vertical agreements which plague the hotel industry. It won’t surprise you to hear that I was all but brushed off with a defence linked to the Leegin ruling. I had […]

Opaque prices – can anyone see through them?

For many years, over many beers, we Skooshers tried to work out how to market opaque hotels. It’s quite a difficult thing to translate for the consumer. Now you don’t see it, now you do. If you’re not familiar with the concept then it’s this: you can only see which hotel you’ve booked once you’ve […]

Open Letter to Kees Koolen, CEO at

Hi Kees, Both personally, and even as a direct competitor, I was always a fan of Yours was one of the better hotel booking sites I always thought, with some innovative features. However, my rosy picture fast disappeared last winter when Skoosh started being pursued by your business partners insisting that we raise our […]

Open Letter to the Office of Fair Trading

Hi Nelson, Thank you and Francisca again for taking the time to discuss the case last Friday. I very much appreciate being kept updated on the proceedings. The O.F.T. has been far more understanding, communicative and proactive than any of the other competition bureaus I have contacted. Thank you on all counts. Even if there […]

The day Mr. Happy stopped smiling :(

Michael O’Leary, of Ryan Air fame, was quoted recently singing the praises of the recession. “The deeper the recession gets, the better it will be for Ryanair’s business,” Mr O’Leary said. In some ways recessions are beneficial. Apart from anything else, they clear out all the opportunistic rogue traders which sail through the boom times […]

Rate Parity, Price Fixing and the New Cold War

Capitalism seems to strangely merge with communism towards the extreme end. Unimpeded, Big Corp will try and attain a monopoly status just like an old-fashioned state run enterprise. Sorry if that’s obvious to you – it’s only just occurred to me. Just as it occurred to me that I might be squeezed out of the […]

And then I fucked him

My earliest experience of middle-management was with my boss, R.D. (not his actual name), the enduring memory of whom is his pasty drunken gaffaw against a backdrop of chinking bottles. The chinking bottles were on his very person. In his shirt pocket. These miniature shorts are the type of which you wonder at when you […]