Booking hotel nights is already a recurring practice with Booking.com. But now the US online platform could be the subject of an antitrust investigation in Russia.
THE information was released by the Russian Federal Anti-Monopoly Service (FAS) itself, in a country where allegedly contracts with hotels and hostels do not allow them to score better on competing websites. The Russian government regulator says it warned the company about the practice but got no response.
According to ReutersIf the FAS effectively confirms that the site has violated Russian competition laws, the company may be forced to pay up to 15% of any revenue it generates in Russia as part of the fine.
The investigation takes place one week after Booking.com agreed with the European Commission on change how discounts work on your site. So far the platform has not reacted.
If Booking.com is subsequently forced to change the way it does business in the country, it would not be the first US company to do so. From 2017 Google had to give Russian Android users the option to choose Yandex as your default search engine when setting up a new smartphone.