December 18, 2012

Scandinavian hotel groups pull rooms from Expedia over rate parity dispute


First Hotels, Nordic Choice, Scandic Hotels and Thon Hotels - accounting for approximately 450 hotels in the region - are not renewing their contacts with Expedia.com and Hotels.com over questions of rate parity and commissions.

The dispute, according to company representatives, stems primarily from ongoing questions of rate parity—namely the ability for operators to offer the lowest rates on their proprietary websites.

“We are not agreeing on that for the past six years. … We want to have independent distribution for all our hotel rooms,” said Bjørnar Tretterud, First Hotels’ VP of sales and marketing.

First Hotels was the first company to pull its inventory when it did so in September, although the operator alleges Expedia had been blocking its 61-hotel inventory since the middle of June.

“We canceled our contract in September after a series of very bad negotiations meetings where Expedia, in my personal opinion, brings nothing to the table and has a long list of new understandings of our contract,” Tretterud said.

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