The UK Competition Authority accepts commitments from online travel agents enabling them and hotels to offer discounts on rates for hotel rooms (IHG / Expedia / 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

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Gabriele Accardo, The UK Competition Authority accepts commitments from online travel agents enabling them and hotels to offer discounts on rates for hotel rooms (IHG / Expedia / Booking.com), 31 janvier 2014, e-Competitions January 2014, Art. N° 64802

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