GVH: the competition office’s recommendations can be quickly used in the online accommodation reservation market

By: Trademagazin Date: 2023. 10. 24. 11:21

The proposals of the Economic Competition Authority (GVH) can be quickly used in the online accommodation reservation market – the competition authority said in connection with the fact that the Economic Committee of the Parliament put on the agenda and discussed on Tuesday the office’s accelerated sectoral investigation of the online accommodation reservation market.

In its statement on Tuesday, the GVH recalled that the draft report was made public on Friday, in which the experts of the competition office analyzed the domestic market for online accommodation reservations and accommodation services. In order to maintain and stimulate the competition of the tourism sector, which is also of particular importance from the point of view of the national economy, and the competitiveness of domestic players, the GVH formulated several legislative proposals.

The competition office, following international examples, recommends to the legislator to prohibit the use of price parity provisions by operators of online accommodation brokers. The essence of price parity clauses is that accommodation providers – if they want to appear on an accommodation brokerage platform – must undertake that they will not sell their rooms on their own website or on other accommodation brokerage platforms for cheaper than the prices stated on the online interface.

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