Are Priceline and Expedia Monopolies?

The U.S. hotel Travel-Agent-Cartoonsector intends to ramp up a lobbying and public relations offensive against #Expedia $EXPE and #Priceline Group $PCLN , hoping to convince consumers and Trump administration members that such companies are monopolistic, Bloomberg reports.

The American Hotel & Lodging Association, an industry group whose members include #Marriott $MAR , #Hyatt $H , and #Hilton $HLT , worked up plans for a campaign claiming that the online travel giants engage in unfair practices in their search businesses, the report says, citing board meeting documents.

The industry group plans to lobby FTC officials on the matter and attempt to ensure that new members selected by President Trump are friendly to hotels, the report says. Other companies in the hotel space include Choice Hotels $CHH , #Starwood $HOT , #InterContinental $IHG , and #Wyndham $WYN

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