The CMA has closed its investigation into suspected breaches of competition law in the hotel online booking sector. The investigation was launched by the OFT and focused on discounting restrictions in agreements between InterContinental Hotels Group and Hotel Inter-Continental London Limited (IHG) and each of Booking.com and Expedia. The OFT issued a provisional decision in July 2012 and accepted formal commitments from IHG, Booking.com and Expedia in January 2014.
The Competition Appeal Tribunal remitted the case back to the CMA for reconsideration in September 2014 following an appeal in respect of the commitments decision by Skyscanner. Having reconsidered the matter in the light of the CAT’s judgment, the CMA has decided to close the investigation on administrative priority grounds, but will monitor how the market develops both in the UK and across Europe. Click here.