Dmitry Gorin, Vice President of the Association of Tour Operators of Russia (ATOR), assessed the consequences of the fine imposed by the Federal Antimonopoly Service on Booking.com. About this he told “Moscow 24”.
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According to him, the amount of 1.3 billion rubles for the aggregator is insignificant in comparison with the company’s revenues. “Booking.com has been, is and will be on the Russian market. Its presence is also an incentive for healthy competition between similar resources, ”the expert said.
Gorin also called the popular belief that Booking.com offers the best prices a delusion. “For example, many tour operators run special promotions where they offer lower prices when they show their prices to Booking.com,” he explained.
The fine followed a failure to comply with an antitrust order pending in 2020. Then the FAS found that the company imposed certain conditions on hotels and hotels, because of which they could not offer lower prices through other channels than on Booking.com. The service considered it a restriction of competition and infringement of the rights of the hotel business.
Booking.com is now awaiting the results of an appeal against the FAS opinion regarding the price parity practice. The amount of the fine reaches 1.3 billion rubles, the department itself announced the decision earlier.