European Platform Observatory clearly identifies how OTAs exercise their market dominance

The EU Observatory on the Online Platform Economy supports the Commission in policy-making by monitoring and analysing the online platform economy.

Earlier in 2021, the observatory issued several publications of interest. HOTREC notably welcomes the conclusions of the Analytical paper: “Multi-homing: obstacles, opportunities, facilitating factors”. It extensively covers how and why, despite the fact that hotels can ‘multi-home’ on several OTA platforms, the benefits of such multihoming are limited for hotels, exposing the many ways in which OTAs exert their market power over hoteliers, including imposing price parity clauses and only sharing limited data with hotels about guests. It also highlights that from a hotelier’s perspective, Booking.com – which accounted for 67.7% of the OTAs market in Europe in 2019 – still feels as an unavoidable business partner and behaves like an actor with significant market power.

The Observatory also published a report Monitoring of the implementation of the Platform to Business Regulation and an Analytical paper on the “Structure of the online platform economy post COVID-19 outbreak”.  The second paper direct shows that direct contact with hotels to potentially ask questions in the context of the pandemic and preference for domestic travel were key factors supporting a relatively higher proportion of direct bookings than usual.

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12 Jan
12/01/2023    
11:00 - 12:00
Slides are accessible here: https://www.hotrec.eu/wp-content/uploads/2023/01/Presentation-HOTREC-workshop-on-PPWR-120123.pdf
7th Coordination Meeting Pact for Skills in Tourism
12/01/2023    
15:00 - 16:30
On 12 January 2023 took place another coordination meeting of the Pact for Skills.
19 Jan
19/01/2023    
All Day
HOTREC has joined the RESTWITHEU project focusing on challenges faced by the restaurant industry. First workshop will be held in Lyon on 19/01/2023.
Meeting with DG GROW - Tourism Unit & HOTREC
24/01/2023    
14:00 - 15:00
Main outcome of the meeting available
25 Jan
25/01/2023    
09:30 - 13:00
Hotel Le Chatelain, Brussels EXCOM Slides - 25 Jan. 2023 - NEW List of Participants Expense Claim Template for ExCom Members HOTREC Guidelines for reimbursement [...]
Info session - EU funding opportunities on trainings to be provided to third country nationals’ willing to work in the hospitality sector
26/01/2023    
11:00 - 12:00
Recording of the session; PowerPoint and general note of the meeting available!
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