The EU Commission fines hotel group for including restrictive clauses in its agreements with tour operators (Meliá)

Antitrust: Commission fines hotel group Meliá €6.7 million for discriminating between customers* The European Commission has fined Spanish hotel group Meliá €6 678 000 for including restrictive clauses in its agreements with tour operators. These clauses discriminate consumers within the European Economic Area (EEA) based on their place of residence, in breach of EU antitrust rules. At the same time, the Commission closed proceedings opened in 2017 against four tour operators. Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: “This time of the year, many people are booking their summer vacation and are looking for the best deals on offer. Meliá prevented tour operators from freely offering hotel accommodation everywhere in Europe. As a result, consumers

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European Commission, The EU Commission fines hotel group for including restrictive clauses in its agreements with tour operators (Meliá), 21 February 2020, e-Competitions February 2020, Art. N° 93457

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