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DOJ Decision on Expedia Merger

Friday, September 18, 2015  
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On Wednesday, the Department of Justice (DOJ) decided to approve the proposed deal of Expedia and Orbitz merger.

Our decision as an industry to publicly oppose the deal was important and demonstrated our continued willingness to stand up to protect small and independent business owners and consumer choice. AHLA enlisted a chorus of other supporters who shared our sentiment: key leaders in Congress, consumer groups and the general public. In so doing, AHLA sent a clear message to online travel companies that as an industry and will take action on decisions that they believe will pose harm to our industry and our guests. 

There is little question that both regulators and the Hill will have heightened sensitivity to these issues in the future, and both the dialogue established around the Expedia-Orbitz debate, combined with our work on deceptive practices, where we have now generated more than 300 million media impressions, will provide an important backdrop for us moving forward. 

Ultimately, it appears, that the DOJ considered Orbitz an insignificant player in the marketplace. You can read their statement on approving the deal, here. The industry knows that is not true and while we strongly disagree with that position, our work with members of Congress and invested consumer advocacy groups to monitor the outcome of this decision and its impact on consumers and our industry continues unabated.

Read AHLA statement here.

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