More than 30 travel firms -- including TripAdvisor and Expedia -- complained on Monday to the EU's powerful anti-trust authority that search giant Google is unfairly trying to encroach on their business.
In a letter, Google is once again being accused of using the overwhelming dominance of its search engine to launch and promote its own services to the detriment of existing players.
The letter, addressed to EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager and published on an association website, lands just two days before Google is to plead an appeal at an EU court in a similar case involving Google Shopping.
"We are currently witnessing an attempt by Google to expand its dominance in the market for (search) into the separate markets for vacation rental intermediation services," said the letter.
This is done by Google "favouring its own service in general search results," added the letter, which was first reported by the 'Financial Times'.