NOT POSSIBLE TO MAKE TURKEY FROM YOUR COUNTRY”

Dünya Executive - - OVERVIEW -

TUROB’s applicatio­n came one day after top representa­tives from TURSAB said they would not have any problem with Booking.com if the online portal opened a branch in the country and competed fairly with its Turkish competitor­s.

Hoteliers from the touristic Aegean region, as well as small hoteliers, have also voiced their anger against the court decision, accusing TURSAB of “harming Turkey’s tourism” with the move.

Separately, TURSAB Secretary-General Cetin Gurcun told daily Dünya on March 31 that they will send the court’s decision to all other online booking sites, including Germanybas­ed Trivago.com and U.S.-based Tripadviso­r.com, in the coming days, and will pursue legal proceeding­s for those who do not abide by the decision.

The website, which had around 13,000 hotel members from Turkey, stopped selling rooms in Turkey to Turkish users on March 30, one day after the court decided to block the booking option in the country. The website can still be used from foreign countries to make reservatio­ns for Turkish hotels.

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