UKHospitality welcomes EU online travel directive approval

UK: UKHospitality has welcomed agreement between the EU Council, European Parliament and European Commission on the platform-to-business regulation.

Proposed by the European Commission in April last year, the platform-to-business (P2B) law is targeted at Google Play, Apple App Store, Microsoft Store, Amazon Marketplace, eBay and Fnac Marketplace among others. The online giants will have to tell companies how they rank their own or rival products on their platforms under new rules agreed by EU negotiators aimed at stopping unfair practices by online platforms and app stores.

The regulation also affects online hotel booking sites, and is likely to take effect in the UK.

“Our target is to outlaw some of the most unfair practices and create a benchmark for transparency, at the same time safeguarding the great advantages of online platforms both for consumers and for businesses,” said EU digital chief.

UKHospitality has lobbied EU institutions intensely throughout the drafting process, and worked with members and others to secure this.

Kate Nicholls, UKHospitality chief executive, said: “Transparency in online booking platforms will provide a more level and fair playing field for businesses and customers. This is a welcome first step to secure transparency around online platforms. We will continue to push the UK Government and competition officials to deliver even more fairness and clarity regarding OTAs. We have also been meeting with the competition and markets authority following their recent investigation and recommendation regarding booking sites to discuss next steps.”

UKHospitality is the new trade body representing the UK’s hospitality sector, established following a merger approved in February 2018 between the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) and the British Hospitality Association (BHA).

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