According to one of the provisions of agreements with Booking.com, hotels are not authorized to set lower tariffs compared to other online portals (Booking.com competitors).
Hotels are not allowed to offer lower prices on even their own websites, Solomon Menabdishvili, head of Competition Law and Consumer Rights Protection Center, noted.
“This factor makes prices jump up, because hotels cannot offer lower prices, based on the mentioned agreements that restrict competition freedom and deprive hotels to independently determine service tariffs”, Menabdishvili said.
Booking.com was fined because of the mentioned provision in France and Germany, Solomon Menabdishvili said.
We remind you that Center for Competition Law and Consumer Rights Protection has submitted an appeal against Booking.com to Competition Agency. As a result, the agency will take decision on whether to launch proceedings against Booking.com up to January 10.