LUXEMBOURG (CN) — The travel company Booking.com is based in Amsterdam, but it will have to go south of the border to fend off a German hotel’s lawsuit, the EU’s high court held on Tuesday.
Located in the northern Germany city of Kroppe, the hotel Wikingerhof began doing business with Booking.com in 2009, signing a contract to offer its 65 rooms on the reservation website. In 2015, Booking.com changed its terms and conditions. The hotel protested some of the changes but argued it was forced to agree with them, as Booking.com is too big of a player in the online reservation market to leave the website.
Ultimately Wikingerhof sued in a German court, claiming that Booking.com had abused its market position by forcing the hotel to adopt