|Parties||Booking.com B.V. and Booking.com (Hong Kong) Limited (“Booking”), Expedia Lodging Partner Services Sarl (“Expedia”) and Trip International Travel (Hong Kong) Limited and Ctrip.com (Hong Kong) Limited (“Trip”, and together with Booking and Expedia, “Parties”)|
Press Release: Competition Commission consults on proposed commitments by online travel agents
Notice issued under section 2, Schedule 2 of the Ordinance of the proposed commitments
Annexes to the Notice: proposed commitments from Booking, Expedia and Trip
Press Release: Competition Commission accepts commitments offered by online travel agents
Notice issued under section 4, Schedule 2 of the Ordinance of acceptance
Annexes to the Notice: final commitments from Booking, Expedia and Trip
on Proposed Commitments
R1 - Consumer Council (14.04.2020)
R2 - Mr Simon Li (14.04.2020)
R3 - Hong Kong Hotels Association (22.04.2020)
The Parties in this matter offered commitments under section 60 of the Ordinance to resolve the Commission’s concerns about a possible contravention of the First Conduct Rule.
On 31 March 2020, the Commission published a notice of its proposal to accept the proposed commitments and invited interested parties to submit representations. The consultation on the proposed commitments ended on 23 April 2020. The Commission received the three representations above within this deadline.
Having carefully considered the representations received, the Commission considered the commitments from the Parties, with two modifications to each set of commitments following the consultation, to be appropriate to address its competition concerns.
On 13 May 2020, the Commission therefore published a notice indicating its acceptance of the commitments from the Parties. The commitments became effective from this date.