31/08/2017 - THE ITALIAN COMPETITION BILL PROHIBITS HOTEL PRICE PARITY CLAUSE
The Annual Market and Competition Law approved by the Italian Parliament last August 2 and entered into force on August 29, has confirmed the ban of the so-called parity clauses included in agreements between hotel and online booking platforms (see, Legge 4 agosto 2017, n. 124, http://www.normattiva.it/uri-res/N2Ls?urn:nir:stato:legge:2017;124).
Paragraph 166 of the mentioned Law establishes that contractual clauses forbidding hotels from offering prices, terms and conditions better than those applied by the same through third parties (i.e. online booking platforms) are null and void.
As already mentioned (see our article dated June 8, at http://www.santosuosso.it/index.php/it/news/tutela-industriale-e-della-concorrenza/273-08-06-2017-concorrenza-le-clausole-di-parita-nei-contratti-tra-hotel-e-piattaforme-on-line-sviluppi-nel-panorama-europeo), the Italian Law confirms current trends in different European Countries, including Germany and France, to reduce anti-competitive effects of price parity clauses.
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