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Turkish court rejects appeal against ban on Booking.com

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ANKARA - A Turkish court has rejected online travel agent Booking.com's appeal against a ban on its activities, broadcaster NTV and the pro-government Yeni Safak newspaper reported on Friday.

An Istanbul court banned Booking.com on March 29 for an undisclosed period of time, ruling that the company had violated competition law.

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Bookings.com offices. Photo: Flickr

Court officials were not available to comment on Friday.

Turkey's Association of Turkish Travel Agencies had previously made Booking.com pay Turkey's competition authority a fien of more than 2.5 million lira ($700,000) in 2015.

After the March ruling, the Information and Communication Technologies Authority banned access to the Booking.com website which displayed the notice: "Unfortunately it isn't possible to book properties in Turkey from your country right now." (Reporting by Ercan Gurses; Wrting by Tuvan Gumrukcu; Editing by Daren Butler and Louise Ireland)


Source: Reuters

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