Expedia loses hotel rate parity case in France
Expedia has been fined €1 million and ordered to cease demanding “tariff parity” from hotels.
Expedia has been fined €1 million by a French court and ordered to cease demanding “tariff parity” from hotels following an appeal brought by the government in Paris.
The judgment by the Court of Appeal of Paris on June 21 found the parity clauses applied by online travel agent Expedia in contracts with hoteliers to be illegal.
Both Expedia and sister OTA Hotels.com were ordered to cease demanding hotel rate-parity guarantees.
However, Expedia said it would appeal, suggesting the court of appeal had “not correctly interpreted the law”.
The company said it had made changes to its contracts with hoteliers in France in light of the 2015 decision, which it had welcomed as ruling that “so-called parity clauses of Expedia did not harm hotels”.
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