Expedia CEO Calls Google Penalty ‘Speculative’

Expedia CEO Calls Google Penalty ‘Speculative’

By Chris Crum February 7, 2014 | 2 Comments

It appeared last month that Expedia had been penalized by Google for its linking practices. Searchmetrics data showed a 25% drop in Google search visibility. Google and Expedia have both remained silent on the issues, but NenadSEO had blogged about …

Google Would Support A Transparency Review From The FTC. Competitors? No Comment. Google Would Support A Transparency Review From The FTC. Competitors? No Comment.

Last month, search industry veteran Danny Sullivan called upon the United States Federal Trade Commission to scrutinize Google and other search engines – specifically, looking into their disclosure of paid listings. A Google spokesperson tells WebProNews, “Consumers benefit from clear …

Expedia Complains To EU About Google Ahead Of Antitrust Decision Expedia Complains To EU About Google Ahead Of Antitrust Decision

The EU is expected to make a decision on how to proceed in an antitrust investigation of Google after Easter. EU Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia said as much earlier this week. That leaves time for more to complain about Google …

Expedia Last Minute Deals : Give Away Your Work Expedia Last Minute Deals : Give Away Your Work

Planning a trip seams fun in theory but I just never seem to get around to doing it. Wouldn’t it be nice if someone else just took care of it? Yes, It’s called a travel agent and they’re too expensive …

Groupon and Expedia Join for Groupon Getaways Groupon and Expedia Join for Groupon Getaways

Daily deals site Groupon has just announced a partnership with online travel company Expedia to bring deals to travel. The service will be called “Groupon Getaways” and will start in the U.S. and Canada with plans to expand to other …

Expedia and TripAdvisor to Break Up Expedia and TripAdvisor to Break Up

Expedia announced that it’s separating from TripAdvisor to form two seaprate companies. This has already been approved by the Board of Directors. Both companies will be publicly traded. TripAdvisor will include domestic and international operations associated with the TripAdvisor Media …

Expedia Launches Facebook Travel Sweepstakes

Online travel site Expedia said today it is launching a Facebook promotion that will offer more than $1 million worth of travel to friends on the social network. The promotion is called the “Expedia FriendTrips” and people can participate in …

Expedia Launches Facebook Contest To Name Its Vacation Packages

Online travel website Expedia has launched the “You Name it Contest and Sweepstakes,” on its Facebook page with the aim of coming up with a better name for its Vacation Packages.

Google and FairSearch Argue ITA Acquisition on TV

As you may know, Google is trying to acquire ITA Software, but it has faced various hurdles, mainly led by a coalition called FairSearch, made up of travel sites. Now, the Department of Justice is looking at the deal. 

Expedia Launches New iPhone App For Travelers
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Expedia has launched a new free iPhone application, TripAssist, that links to its mobile website to allow users to mange their travel itineraries.

TripAssist allows users to research flights, destinations, hotels, cars and activities. Once they make a reservation, they can manage and update their itineraries, find an alternative flight, research their seats and access real-time flight information.  The app also offers real-time SMS and email updates for free.

Florida Sues Expedia And Orbitz Over Taxes

Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum said today his office has sued online travel companies Expedia and Orbitz for failing to pay the right amount of taxes on hotel room rentals.

The lawsuit states that while the companies have been collecting these taxes from consumers all along, they have only been paying a portion of the taxes to the state and keeping the rest as profit.  Florida says the practice denies it of millions of dollars every year in tax revenue.

Expedia Gets to Know NFL Fans
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Expedia and the NFLIn the spirit of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, travel site Expedia has released some data from a a recent survey regarding football fans (football of course, being a staple of the holiday).

Expedia Labels French Worst Tourists
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Here was the basic plot of the gore movie, Hostel: Obnoxious American tourists get sold to butchers at a higher rate than tourists from other countries because, well, they’re obnoxious American tourists. And that’s just not right, because according to a worldwide survey of hotel staffers from Expedia, it’s the French who are the most obnoxious tourists.

Like we needed a survey; we saw Talladega Nights *.

Google Looking To Buy Expedia?

I guess it’s not enough to have a rumor that Google might want to take Skype off of eBay’s hands. Now comes a rumor that Google might have an interest in buying travel company Expedia.

Why in the world would Google want to buy Expedia?

Rumor: Google Ticketing An Expedia Buy
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Google as travel agent? It could happen as rumors caught fire this afternoon about the potential acquisition of venerable online travel agency Expedia by Google.

Online Cruise Buyers Want Offline Help
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Online travel companies say that potential travelers looking to book a cruise are more comfortable talking to human sales people than just purchasing costly trips on the Internet.