October 31, 2018

Turkish court rejects Booking.com claim


A Turkish court of appeals has rejected a renewed appeal filed by Booking.com against a ban on its activities in Turkey.

The decision was made public in an announcement on the website of the Turkish Association of Travel Agents (TÜRSAB), which had initiated the process by filing a complaint against the website claiming that it had engaged in unfair competition against Turkish-based hotel and flight booking platforms.

Upon that complaint, the website was prohibited in March 2017 from conducting commercial activities in Turkey by an İstanbul court, since which time the website has been inaccessible in Turkey.

The ban was protested in 2017 by Turkish hoteliers who blamed it for the worsening of Turkey’s tourism sector.

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