Priceline Group Inc’s Booking.com, online reservation site with best deals, is likely to face a ban by the German antitrust regulators. Despite an order on Booking.com and Expedia by Germany’s Federal Cartel Office, these sites are trying to stop hotel from giving a better price to competitors or directly to customers, said Bundeskartellamt regulators in a statement.
On the statement released on Thursday, regulators said, “The Bundeskartellamt intends to forbid Booking.com, by far the largest hotel portal in Germany, from further use of the best price clauses. The ongoing procedure against Expedia continues.”
Booking.com proposed to cartel to settle the case as insufficient but it was rejected by the Cartel office. It also requested the French, Swedish and Italiant antitrust regulators last year to put an end to the parallel probes. Now, it’s up to UK to decide on re-opening an investigation into Booking.com, Expedia and InterContinental Hotels Group Plc following the court reversed a planned settlement.
The Cartel office said Hotel Reservation Service Robert Ragge GmbH is not taking up the court challenge against the Bundeskartellamt orders after it lost last January. HRS was told by the order to remove the best-price clauses from its contract.
When asked to Booking.com about it, it declined commenting on the same.