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Rajasthan hotels to boycott advanced online bookings from Jan 15

The hotel owners, who are the part of the association has decided not to accept online bookings for their hotels from January 15 in protest of hefty commission charged by the booking portals.

December 31, 2018, 11:54 am

tourist in Jaipur

Tourists in Jaipur. File photo.

Jaipur: The advance online bookings for small hotels through some prominent portals may not be accepted by hotel owners in Rajasthan, Odisha, Bihar, and Bengal from January 15, as per the decision taken by the association of hotel owners in Jaipur on Sunday. The hotel owners, who are the part of the association has decided not to accept online bookings for their hotels from January 15 in protest of hefty commission charged by the booking portals. According to the members of hostel owners association, the online booking portals charge from 8% to 10% commission from the big chains hotels whereas the commission percentage is 45% when it comes to small city hotels. The hotel owners are suffering losses due to this. Association head Gajendra Looniwal told media persons that a meeting was held in the city on Sunday. The decision of not accepting bookings from some online portals was taken in protest of the hefty commissions. Hotel owners in Jaipur has been at loggerheads with online booking agencies including Oyo, Make My trip and Goibibo for a long time. Some hotels stopped accepting online bookings through a portal a few months ago, but the portal authorities did not remove the hotels from their site and continued displaying the vacancies. If any customer clicked on the vacancy in that hotel, the online site used to suggest the customer to book another hotel at a much cheaper price, association members alleged.

First published: December 31, 2018