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Turkish Court Bans

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A Turkish court has ordered the Dutch-owned travel website to be blocked in a dispute with the country's main travel agency association. Quoting Anadolu Agency, AP reported that a commercial court in Istanbul ordered the move against as a “precautionary measure” while the case is ongoing. Lawyers for the Association of Turkish Travel Agencies had argued that Netherlands-based was engaging in unfair competition in the marketing of hotels in Turkey. Anadolu said state authorities are expected to block access to the website as soon as they receive the court's official notification. In a written statement, said it disagreed with the ruling and would appeal. “As an e-commerce and technology company, we are convinced that we contribute to healthy competition in the market by offering Turkish consumers a transparent and easy platform to compare and book accommodation all over the world,” the company said. It added that also helps 13,000 Turkish businesses offer accommodation to travelers.


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