Expedia, Priceline and Booking.com are still the most impactful of the third-party intermediaries in the world of distribution. But with those OTAs now all under the umbrellas of two companies - Expedia Group and Booking Holdings - a couple of powerful entities are positioned between hotels and their guests. Sloan Dean, COO of Remington Hotels and a former revenue manager himself, said the so-called “duopoly” of those two companies has been “very impactful” for hotels. “The consolidation is raising big concerns in the industry, and there needs to be further regulation to eliminate deceptive practices and inform customers,” he said. “The (Federal Trade Commission) needs to do more.” The industry decried the idea of Expedia and Booking controlling the entire OTA space after Expedia purchased Orbitz in 2015. The company acquired home-sharing site HomeAway later that year. Those two companies now represent a massive stable of OTA brands—including Expedia, Orbitz, Booking.com, Priceline and Travelocity. Get the full story at HNN