Google Travel: Debating Potential Abuse of Market Power

Former CTO, CarTrawler

Why is this interview interesting?

  • Key milestones in Google’s bid to build up its market position in the travel vertical
  • Positioning of Google’s search business and Google’s Travel Apps positioned within the travel ecosystem vs Online Travel Agents (OTAs) like Expedia (EXPE) and Booking (BKNG)
  • The nature of the main strategic threat Google poses to OTAs
  • Extent to which Google’s commercial strategy in search, Android and through its apps may constitute an abuse of market power
  • Potential avenues for effective remedial regulatory action against Google’s abuse of market power
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Bobby Healy

Former CTO, CarTrawler

Bobby Healy is an experienced inventor and technology entrepreneur specialising in booking engine software. Having begun his career building computer games for Nintendo at 16 years of age, he joined CarTrawler in 2005. Over the following 14 years he built CarTrawler – the world’s largest mobility marketplace for airlines, and led two successful LBOs for the business in which he now serves as a board member. Prior to joining CarTrawler, Bobby founded Eland Technologies which he later sold to airline technology giant SITA and remained as CTO until 2005. His booking solutions are now in use by 80% of the world’s top 20 airlines. Bobby continues to be an avid computer programmer and is a frequent speaker on the international circuit on subjects related to technology in the airline industry, ancillary revenue and online distribution. For the last 3 years, he’s been building ‘Manna’ - a Drone Delivery as a Service business for the world with which he plans to revolutionise the world of online food delivery. Read more

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Google Travel: Debating Potential Abuse of Market Power(December 11, 2019)

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