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French hotels ignite price-fixing fire

07/19/2013| 11:33:18 AM| 中文

The practice of rate parity in the global hotel industry has again come under fire, this time in France, where the country’s biggest hotel employer's union went to France's competition authority to argue against what it calls “anti-competitive” practices.

GLOBAL REPORT—The practice of rate parity in the global hotel industry has again come under fire, this time in France, where the country’s biggest hotel employer's union went to France's competition authority to argue against what it calls “anti-competitive” practices.

A number of experts in the distribution field—including one source who has been called on to testify in related cases filed in the U.S.—said the rate-parity issue is a contentious one and that hotels and third-party distribution partners should be preparing a plan B in the event rate parity is deemed price fixing.

“There are a wide variety of issues as well as different legal precedence in the U.S. and the U.K., which makes it a very volatile situation depending on the jurisdiction,” said Robert Cole, founder of RockCheetah consulting group and former director of hotel distribution with The Sabre Group. “There are lawsuits, lawyers involved, misinformation—just crazy, crazy stuff spinning around.”

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TAGS: price fixing | hotel distribution | OTA | rate parity
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