The French Competition Authority receives commitments from an online hotel booking company aiming at ending practices likely to constitute an abuse of dominance (Booking.com)

Online hotel booking sector* Booking.com has proposed to the Autorité de la concurrence to remove the so-called “pricing parity clause” obliging hotels to grant it pricing conditions that are at least as favorable as those granted to the other online platforms Hotels can now place booking.com in competition with the other platforms ; this will guarantee future reductions of the level of the commission rates In brief Within the scope of a procedure initiated before the Autorité de la concurrence by the French main hotel unions [1] , Booking.com proposes to remove the pricing parity clause which forbids hotels which use the services provided by Booking to offer rooms at a lower price on the other competing online booking platforms. The commitments proposed should enable the hotels

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French Competition Authority, The French Competition Authority receives commitments from an online hotel booking company aiming at ending practices likely to constitute an abuse of dominance (Booking.com), 15 December 2014, e-Competitions Platforms, Art. N° 70645

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