September 11, 2013

Skoosh’s Dorian Harris backs away from his hotel rate parity campaign


As reported by Tnooz, Skoosh's Dorian Harris, the travel executive who triggered the long-running investigation into alleged bullying by major online travel agencies over hotel pricing, is giving up his fight, yet not without a final poke in the eye of the industry and regulators.

Skoosh director Dorian Harris says he is removing himself from the ongoing consultation process so he can “return to my business and my life”, after almost seeing his company go bankrupt as a result of his very public campaigning.

The saga started four years ago when Harris complained to the UK’s business watchdog, The Office of Fair Trading, regarding what he claimed were breaches of competition law as a result of Booking.com and Expedia putting pressure on hotels to stop smaller online travel agencies from varying their prices.

Although some believed campaigners had earned victory of sorts in August this year when the OFT announced that both OTAs had pledged to adhere to new guidelines whereby other agencies would be allowed to offer reductions, Harris was left disillusioned by the process and what he claimed was “special treatment” for both Booking.com and Expedia.

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