Competition authorities have obtained a promise from the number-one booking websites to no longer force hotels to accept its prices.
The promise from Booking.com "would allow hoteliers listed on Booking.com to offer rooms for different rates on the different reservation sites. They would be able to vary prices in function of conditions applicable to them on the different platforms," explains the Competition Authority, which will consult with sector players to determine whether or not this proposal is sufficient to "address concerns expressed during the investigation."
The new rate parity provisions should be implemented within six months of the Competition Authorities' acceptance of the proposed commitment. The decision concerns the French market as well as that of the rest of the European economic area.
The Competition Authority received complaints filed by Umih, GNC, CPIH, Synhorcat and FAGIHT in July 2013 regarding the practices of websites Booking.com, Expedia and HRS, in particular the price parity obligation, access to the last available room, and abusive listings using a property's distinctive signs.
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