The UK OFT accepts commitments from online travel agents enabling them and the hotels to offer discounts on rates for hotel rooms (Booking.com)

UK Office of Fair Trading closes investigation into hotel online booking practices On 31 January 2014, the UK Office of Fair Trading (“OFT”) accepted the commitments from online travel agents, Booking.com B.V. (“Booking.com”, and its ultimate parent company priceline.com Incorporated) and Expedia Inc (“Expedia”), together with InterContinental Hotels Group plc (“IHG”), which will enable online travel agents (OTAs) and hotels to offer discounts on rates for hotel rooms. Such a decision closes a 3-year long investigation that was prompted by an independent investigation into complaints by OTAs in the UK and elsewhere in Europe and the U.S. alleging that they were being prevented by various hotel chains from offering discounted sale prices for room-only hotel accommodation (see

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Gabriele Accardo, The UK OFT accepts commitments from online travel agents enabling them and the hotels to offer discounts on rates for hotel rooms (Booking.com), 31 January 2014, e-Competitions Bulletin Platforms, Art. N° 64802

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