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Booking.com boss on why Brussels is hampering Europe’s tech ambitions

“People look at a lot of different ways to book. The regulators don’t understand that more than half of hotelier’s business comes to them directly, and they have ways, through very easy-to-use technology, to distribute their rooms to many different retailers like ourselves, or maybe Expedia, or maybe Tui, or a wholesaler. They can send them anywhere and they do.”

At Booking, there is another thing at play here. Booking Holdings may be headquartered in the US but its Booking.com site, the expected subject of the new tougher rules and Booking’s largest business, is headquartered in the Netherlands. 

For Fogel, it seems this would make any harsher rules a tough pill to swallow.

“Booking.com is one of the very few success stories in Europe,” he says. “The last thing I think anybody would want to do is come up with regulations that will hurt one of the few success stories

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  • November 22, 2020
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Voyages scrapped and new ships delayed as Europe’s lockdowns bite for cruise

Further setbacks in store for troubled cruise industry following months of cautious sailing

Passengers booked on Spirit of Adventure, Saga Cruises’ newest ship which docked at the Essex port of Tilbury last month, will have to wait even longer to set sail.

The vessel had been due to make her inaugural voyage from Southampton on November 5 but that was put back first to February 5, 2021, with a cruise to the Canary Islands.

Now, as England’s second lockdown looms, the British brand has postponed Spirit of Adventure’s inaugural cruise until May 4, 2021.

Saga Cruises boss Nigel Blanks said in a statement: “I recently wrote to you regarding our decision to extend our cruise suspension against the backdrop of the Covid-19 second wave and the fact that most countries around the world are not accepting cruise ships.

“Since then, we have sadly seen the predicted restrictions on day-to-day

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  • November 4, 2020
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Pandemic turns Europe’s retail sector on its head as shoppers stay close to home

By Victoria Waldersee

LISBON (Reuters) – City centre shops and malls may have lost their lustre during the COVID-19 pandemic, but as lockdowns ease across Europe many stores in and around residential areas stand to benefit as consumers remain reluctant to venture far from home.

While retail sales appear to be rebounding – surging 17.8% in the euro zone in May and approaching pre-lockdown levels in Britain in June – shoppers are increasingly staying local, leaving Europe’s most renowned shopping districts from London’s West End to Berlin’s Kurfürstendamm struggling in the absence of office workers and tourists.

On Germany’s main shopping streets in Hamburg, Cologne and Berlin, footfall in June was as much as 50% lower than a year earlier, according to the German Retail Federation, while in London’s West End it was down 75%, according to the New West End Company, an association of retailers and landlords in the

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