Posts Tagged ‘price fixing’

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 Beth Alexander, Competition Law Officer, Canadian Competition Bureau

Hi Beth, I hope you’re well. At the risk of sounding pushy, I’d like to ask you to revisit the price fixing case we discussed earlier this year. At that stage you told me that you would eagerly await the outcome of the competition authorities’ investigations over this side in Europe. As you may have […]

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 […]

A digital white flag

For the attention of Rutger Prakke, General Counsel and Managing Director at Booking.com Hi Rutger, I understand that Kees doesn’t want to reply to me directly but I’m still hoping we can move things forward. I realise this blog makes for rather a public discussion but this is probably as good a place as any […]

Open Letter to Kees Koolen, CEO at Booking.com

Hi Kees, Both personally, and even as a direct competitor, I was always a fan of Booking.com. 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 […]

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 […]