The BHA and Edinburgh Hotels Association (EHA) are organising a roundtable discussion in collaboration with the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), a government agency responsible for business competition in the UK. The CMA, which is continuing to monitor OTA rate parity, is currently investigating online hotel bookings and has offered to provide advice and clarification on how OTA contracts work, in particular rate parity clauses, both contractually and in practice.
The roundtable will provide an opportunity to hear a presentation from CMA and discuss what is permitted in terms of pricing flexibility, terms and availability and the tools and skills which can be used to compete more effectively.
BHA Scotland Committee members and EHA members are invited to participate in this session which will provide a very rare opportunity for industry to hear directly from the competition experts, ask questions and discuss concerns.
Scottish committee members wishing to attend should contact firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 23 February. Places are limited to 40 attendees and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
The BHA will be organising additional roundtable meetings across the UK throughout 2018.