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Japanese Anti-Trust Agents Raid Offices of Expedia and Booking.com
(“Expedia, Booking.com and Rakuten raided by Japanese antitrust agency over suspected price-parity demands,” MLex, April 10, 2019) (subscription required)
It may not be long before you can add Japan to the list of countries limiting or even prohibiting rate and availability parity.  This past week, representatives from Japan’s Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) raided the offices of Expedia, Booking.com Japan and Rakuten (Japan’s largest OTA) on suspicion that their contracts with hoteliers demanded price and availability parity.  A  previous investigation by the JFTC into Amazon’s use of similar pricing parity provisions involving e-books resulted in the platform’s agreement to cease using such requirements.  More information to come… 

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STARTUP STAGE: Gomingo wants to bring down commission rates for accommodation providers 
PhocusWire, April 11, 2019
This interview details Gomingo’s aim to create a global, trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover and book accommodation that encompasses personalization and social profiling. The startup launched in March of this year.


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