The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) said Thursday that it opposes Expedia Inc.’s pending acquisition of Orbitz Worldwide.

“This transaction and the resulting consolidation of the online travel marketplace will result in significant negative consequences, particularly for consumers, but also for the large number of our members who are small business owners and franchised properties,” AH&LA CEO Katherine Lugar said in a statement.

Lugar said that hotels on average pay Expedia 11% higher commissions for hotel bookings than they pay Orbitz, and that Expedia Inc. and Priceline Group would account for more than 95% of bookings by online travel agencies if the Orbitz acquisition happens.

Expedia and Orbitz announced the proposed $1.34 billion acquisition in February. The U.S. Department of Justice is reviewing the proposed buyout.


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