Court orders preventive suspension of activities in Turkey

An Istanbul court on March 29 ordered the suspension of the activities of, the Netherlands-based travel fare aggregator website, in Turkey in a bid to prevent unfair competition.

The Istanbul 5th Court of First Instance ordered the suspension of to market and mediate stationed hotel and accommodation facilities in Turkey on its own website and on other addresses in a lawsuit filed by the Association of Turkish Travel Agencies (TURSAB) to prevent unfair competition, Hurriyet Daily reports.

The access ban by the Information and Communication Technologies Authority (BTK) on is expected to go into effect following the court’s declaration to the authority.

Meanwhile, TURSAB Secretary General Çetin Gürcün told daily Hürriyet that people who have previously made reservations through the website would not face any problems regarding the court ruling.

The BV companies had also paid an administrative pecuniary penalty of around 2.5 million Turkish Liras to the competition authority due to their previous activities that breached competition rules, as part of a previous application from TURSAB.


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