Booking.com to amend parity provisions throughout Europe


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Booking.com to amend parity provisions throughout Europe

Booking.com, an operating business of The Priceline Group, announced it will amend its parity terms with all accommodations partners in Europe by 1 July 2015 to be consistent with the binding commitments given to the French, Italian and Swedish National Competition Authorities (“NCAs”).

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Under the new provisions, Booking.com will abandon its price, availability and booking conditions parity provisions with respect to other online travel agencies. This will create an environment that supports increased transparency and competition among online travel agencies which will ultimately benefit consumers, as well as hoteliers, by encouraging properties to offer different pricing and booking policies (e.g. free cancellation, WIFI, breakfast) through different online travel agencies.