March 30, 2017

Turkey blocks access to Booking.com


A Turkish court halted the activities of online travel agent Booking.com in a court case alleging the website had violated Turkish competition law, the Association of Turkish Travel Agencies said on Wednesday.

According to Turkishminute.com news portal, the İstanbul 5th Commercial Court of First Instancet on Wednesday ruled for the “preventive ban” on the activities of the Dutch-based platform in Turkey due to “unfair competition.”

The decision came after the Turkish Association of Travel Agents (TÜRSAB) filed a complaint against the Dutch-based Booking.com website claiming that the website is engaged in unfair competition against Turkish-based hotel and flight booking platforms.

According to the decision, Booking.com will not be able conduct commercial activities via its website Booking.com, and the Information Technologies and Communications Authority (BTK) is to be ordered to ban access to the website in Turkey.

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