The Italian Competition Authority issues a commitment decision and closes an investigation regarding contracts concluded between online booking websites and their partner hotels (Online Hotel Reservation)

By a commitment decision made on 21 April 2015 in the Mercato dei Servizi Turistici-Prenotazione Alberghiere Online case (thereinfter Online Hotel Reservation) [1] the Italian Competition Authority (ICA) has closed an Article 101 TFEU investigation against Booking. The ICA has launched the investigation against Booking and also Expedia in May 2014 [2]. The proceedings focused on the most favoured nation (MFN) clauses the two online travel agencies (OTA) inserted in the agreements concluded with their partner hotels. The decision of the Italian Competition Authority The ICA started an enquiry into the agreements concluded by Expedia and Booking with their partner hotels upon receipt of two reports lodged, respectively, by Federalberghi, an association regrouping the majority of

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Michele Giannino, The Italian Competition Authority issues a commitment decision and closes an investigation regarding contracts concluded between online booking websites and their partner hotels (Online Hotel Reservation), 21 avril 2015, e-Competitions April 2015, Art. N° 75380

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