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Dr Bernd Fauser: ‘I was at the event in New York at which we announced Flight Search to a packed room – and people were panicking


GOOGLE WERE UNFOUNDED


GOOGLE’S NEW UK HEAD OF TRAVEL


REASSURED THE TRADE THAT TOOLS SUCH AS FLIGHT SEARCH


DO NOT DOMINATE THE MARKET. LEE HAYHURST


REPORTS FROM THE


SEARCH ENGINE’S UK HEADQUARTERS


Google’s tools have not taken over the online travel market, and the industry today is more relaxed about their existence, the search engine’s new UK head of travel Dr Bernd Fauser told delegates at the latest Travel Weekly Business Breakfast. He did not directly address the


European Commission’s decision to investigate Google for favouring its own shopping tools, such as Flight Search and Hotel Finder, in search


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results. But Fauser, who has taken on the post formerly occupied by Robin Frewer, was asked about the firm’s ambitions in travel. His views hinted at the case the


search giant could mount against the antitrust claims levelled at it by Europe, in what is expected to be a protracted legal dispute. Fauser told the audience at Google’s UK headquarters that in his previous role looking after the firm’s largest travel clients, the


FEARS ABOUT


launch of Flight Search in the US in 2011 caused consternation. “I was at the event in New York at which we announced Flight Search to a packed room – and people were panicking. “Six years later, the big [travel]


groups are still 95% of the market. They were worried that we were going to wipe out the market, but that’s not the case.


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