May 26, 2017 / 10:25 AM / 3 months ago

Turkish court rejects appeal against ban on Booking.com - media

ANKARA, May 26 (Reuters) - 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.

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)

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