With travel advertising revenue that’s already twice the size of Expedia’s, Google, of course, won’t share any market share or revenue data about Google Flights or Hotel Ads. There are many reasons for Google’s reticence, including that this is just Google being Google and the fact that the company doesn’t want to alienate its largest online travel agency advertisers. But in a LinkedIn post, Mario Gavira, managing director of Paris-based metasearch site Liligo.com, crunched data from Google Trends and stated that Google’s gains are contributing to likely consolidation fervor in Europe. “The reason for this sudden rush might well be spurred by the increased interest of search giant Google in expanding its presence in the existing online travel ecosystem,” Gavira wrote. Ctrip’s acquisition of flight metasearcher Skyscanner is a big contributing factor as well, he says. Get the full story at Skift Read also "Google Flights gets aggressive by intercepting airline trademarks" at Skift