In the dispute over best-price clauses agreed in the booking portal HRS and the hotel industry. HRS will make the out-of-court agreement, according to 4 million euros to the German hotel Association (IHA), the Association announced on Tuesday in Berlin.
This should be compensated for the roughly 600 Hotels, which wanted to assert claims for damages. With best-price clauses, booking portals, Hotels contract could be the cheapest hotel rates and the best booking and cancellation conditions available on the Internet guarantee.
the price of The room on the hotel’s own Website was not allowed to be lower than the offer on the booking portal. The Federal cartel office saw this as an illegal restriction of competition and the regulation said.
HRS managing Director Tobias Ragge said, according to the memo: “It is good to draw a line under this Chapter, even if we have views in core of different legal.”
IHA Chairman Otto Lindner spoke of a milestone for the hotel industry in Germany. “At least in connection with HRS, the topic is finished for us now. We will insist that now, at last, to all other market participants, the same Standards are created.” An industry-wide solution, which is also Booking.com and Expedia could be screw-in, the hotel Association, according to.