Keywords: online travel agencies, hotel rooms, competition law, infringements, Skoosh
The impact of the emergence of online travel agencies on the
traditional methods of distributing hotel rooms continues to
In July, the UK Office of Fair Trading issued a draft Statement
of Objections alleging that booking.com, Expedia and
Intercontinental Hotels Group had infringed competition law in
relation to the supply of 'room only' accommodation by
online travel agents. This is the latest step in an investigation
instigated by complaints made by Skoosh, a small UK-based online
travel agency, in 2010. The OFT's provisional findings are that
there have been infringements in UK competition law. The parties
have a period of time in which to respond to the OFT's
provisional findings and Intercontinental, at least, is vigorously
challenging the OFT's provisional findings.
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