UK: Hotel booking sites to end “misleading” sales

UK: Hotel booking sites to end “misleading” sales

Major travel websites including Trivago, Expedia, Agoda, and Booking.com have agreed to change the way they do business after a UK investigation found some of them were deceiving users about hotel room prices and search results. The UK Competition and Markets Authority on Wednesday, February 6, announced the results of its probe, which focused on […]

Switzerland: Regulator begins proceedings against Booking.com

Switzerland: Regulator begins proceedings against Booking.com

A Swiss government agency says it has opened an investigation into possible “abusive pricing” by the online reservations provider Booking.com. Under Swiss law, the price watchdog agency, which has oversight of consumer protection and competition, has the authority to intervene and set market prices in cases where a company with dominant market position is deemed […]

Hungary: Booking.com facing cartel probe

Hungary: Booking.com facing cartel probe

The Hungarian and Dutch operations of online lodging search website Booking.com are facing a probe by the Hungarian Competition Authority on suspicion of cartel activity, GVH spokeswoman Andrea Basa confirmed to Hungarian radio station Trend FM, according to local media reports. Online economic news website portfolio.hu reported that GVH agents had carried out a house […]

Turkey: Competition board fines Booking.com

Turkey: Competition board fines Booking.com

The Turkish Competition Board recently published a short-form decision concluding that Booking.com B.V. had breached Article 4 of Law on Protection of Competition Number 4054, by its contacts with partner accommodation facilities including price and quota parity, as well as most favored customer clauses. Accordingly, the Board imposed an administrative monetary fine of 2,543,992 TL. […]

Expedia and Booking.com: Agent or Distributor?

Ioannis Kokkoris, Jan 24, 2013 CPI Europe Column edited by Anna Tzanaki (Competition Policy International) presents: Expedia and Booking.com: Agent or Distributor? by Ioannis Kokkoris* (University of Reading) (Click here for a PDF version of the article.)   * Professor of Law and Economics, Consultant and Executive Director, Centre for Commercial Law and Financial Regulation […]