Posts Tagged ‘skoosh’

Deranged Marriages, Sanity on Trial

Next week we’ll come to the final chapter of a story crazy enough to rival Catch 22 and Alice in Wonderland. It started with a call from the Fairest Authority in the Land (F.A.i.L), travelled across the Atlantic to the States, back across to continental Europe, and concludes next week in a court case where […]

Open Letter to Gaucho Rasmussen, Enforcement Director at CMA

Dear Gaucho, You’ll remember that earlier this year I applied for my barrister to receive a copy of the case the Office of Fair Trading (now CMA) took out against Expedia, Booking.com and Intercontinental Hotels. The case, as set out in the CMA’s ‘Statement of Objections’, detailed the possible areas of anti-competitive behaviour of the […]

Closing Letter to the Office of Fair Trading

Hi Ingrid, Thank you for taking the time last week to try and explain the proposal you have put forward on behalf of Expedia, Booking.com and IHG. I still don’t understand it I’m afraid. I don’t understand how you expect it to work practically and I don’t understand how it can possibly be seen as […]

Final Open Letter to Clive Maxwell, Executive Director Office of Fair Trading

Dear Mr. Maxwell, Thank you for kindly replying to my last open letter. Since you wrote I have been petitioned by lawyers, economists, and high ranking officials in the travel industry to respond to your team’s proposal to ensure that it doesn’t get through unchallenged. However, I can’t find it in myself to respond or […]

Open Letter to Clive Maxwell, Executive Director Office of Fair Trading

Dear Clive, I hope you don’t mind my writing to you publicly but I feel this is an issue of public and national importance. Three years ago I complained to the Office of Fair Trading (O.F.T.) that my competitors (primarily Expedia and Booking.com) were routinely policing the internet for companies undercutting them and closing down […]

Priceline, Kayak and other family matters.

Incest has a bad rep and you can see why. It often results in the spawning of children with weird defects like underdeveloped limbs or oversized heads. Take the royal family for example or the U.S. hotel giant Priceline. There is speculation in the media today that Priceline’s acquisition of the price comparison site, Kayak, […]

Serve and Obey my Arse!

I got spooked yesterday. Someone had made a booking on Skoosh and found the site using the search term ‘Dorian Harris Haberdashers Skoosh’. I didn’t know him but a little research showed that he went to the same school as me, Haberdashers’ Aske’s (‘Habs’), and he must have somehow stumbled across this blog. Until recently […]

WTF is GOP?

Hello again, I promise you I’ll change the record soon. I think that everything useful that can be said about rate parity has been said already and it’s now time to let the competition bureaus decide its fate. I’m only adding this post as a bookmark to look back on when everything is resolved as […]

Rate Parity: A Story with Legs

Soon after I started my campaign against rate parity, which my school friend and industry colleague Pete calls my cause célèbre (I prefer ‘obsession du jour’ but we were both in bottom set French so don’t quote either of us) I realised that ‘resale price maintenance’, the correct terminology, just wasn’t attractive so I switched […]

If David and Goliath had started socialising

Pete, my friend and colleague at Skoosh, always complains that I don’t start my blog posts with something of a summary of what I’m about to say. You know the old rule – say what you’re going to say, say it and then say what you said. I’ve taken that on board so in deference […]