Hotel pricing anti-trust probe was flawed, claims Skyscanner
The Office of Fair Trading was accused of failing to appreciate the significance of metasearch in the travel sector when it agreed a resolution in an anti-trust investigation into hotel room pricing.
In January the OFT (now the Competition and Markets Authority) announced it had come to an arrangement with Expedia, Booking.com and Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG). This agreement meant a two-year investigation into allegations that these firms illegally set hotel prices stopped short of a full infringement investigation after they agreed to make concessions.
However, Skyscanner objected to these concessions claiming they not only allowed “residual” competition restrictions to remain but introduced a new one preventing the advertisement of available discounts.
...Hotel pricing anti-trust probe was flawed, claims Skyscanner