The UK OFT issues draft commitments in an investigation into the sector for hotel online booking (IHG / Expedia / Booking.com)

Hotel Online Booking: The OFT announces its intention to accept binding commitments* On 9 August 2013, the OFT issued draft commitments in the Hotel Online Booking investigation [1]. The OFT has investigated the relevant markets for over 2 years and has provisionally found that certain hotels were restricting the ability of their distributors to offer consumers discounts on standard rates for hotel rooms. The case raises interesting questions on agency and the perceived harm caused by resale price maintenance. In April 2010, the OFT received a complaint from the travel booking company, Skoosh, that certain hotels and online travel agents (OTAs) had entered into agreements whereby the OTAs would not offer discounts on the rooms that they distributed on behalf of the hotels. The OFT

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Peter Malone, The UK OFT issues draft commitments in an investigation into the sector for hotel online booking (IHG / Expedia / Booking.com), 9 August 2013, e-Competitions Bulletin Platforms, Art. N° 57462

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