Holland based online hotel ( or flat ) reservation service Booking.com was banned by a court decision in Turkey. This decision, which coincided with the crisis period with the Netherlands, was taken at the end of the case, which was seen by TURSAB’s application and accused of unfair competition.
TURSAB (Turkish Travel Agents Association) claimed that Booking.com created unfair competition while stressing that its agencies were trying to pay royalties, paying high taxes and running their businesses at high costs.
Booking.com was a web service in every country of the world, able to deal with countless hotels and provide significant discounts if tourists had to make reservations over their own service. They also had the opportunity to see complaints by reading the comments made about the hotel for the tourists.
With the ban, access to Booking.com from Turkey will be prevented. Furthermore, Turkish citizens won’t even able to book hotels that are located outside of the country. Prior to Booking.com, the Competition Board in Turkey had a penalty of 2.5 million TL.