Even as the European Union (EU) has been deciding that Google had gone too far, the giant group is moving further into travel. Koddi, a Texas-based travel metasearch management platform, has noticed that Google is checking if travellers would like it to search and book vacation rentals! So, Google is seeking to spread its mega-travel presence there, too. Hardly surprising given the surge in popularity of the rental economy! “We are seeing a filter on some searches that allows a user to proactively filter down to ‘only’ vacation rentals”, alerted Koddi (three weeks ago). Right now, this appears to be triggered for certain cities – there is no option, as yet anyway, for San Francisco, for example, but for Paris and Berlin there are. Koddi also adds that “notable vacation rental providers like Airbnb, VRBO and HomeAway are currently missing, though one has to wonder if they will be for long”. Get the full story at EyeForTravel