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Investigation into the hotel online booking sector

Case reference: CE/9320/10
Start date: September 2010

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Update: 4 April 2011

The OFT is continuing with its formal investigation into suspected breaches of competition law in the hotel online booking sector.

The investigation remains at a relatively early stage. However, after a preliminary review of the evidence gathered to date, the OFT continues to consider this matter as an administrative priority and is pursuing the investigation further.

The OFT though will not be in a position to conclude whether it considers the law has been infringed until it has progressed its investigation further, including obtaining and assessing additional evidence.

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Summary of work

The OFT is conducting a formal investigation into suspected breaches of competition law in the hotel online booking sector and has written to a number of parties in the industry to request information.

The investigation is at a very early stage and the OFT will not be in a position to conclude whether it considers the law has been infringed until it has completed its investigation and assessed the available evidence.

The case team is currently reviewing the evidence available to it at this stage and is conducting meetings with the parties under investigation. The case team anticipates to provide a further update on the status of the investigation by April 2011.

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Senior responsible officer

Sonya Branch (020 7211 8199, sonya.branch@oft.gsi.gov.uk)

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Project director

Claire Hart (020 7211 8782, claire.hart@oft.gsi.gov.uk )

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Team leader

Nelson Jung (020 7211 5811, nelson.jung@oft.gsi.gov.uk)

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Media enquiries

Any media enquiries should be directed to a member of our Press Office




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