The İstanbul 5th Commercial Court of First Instance has ruled for the continuation of a ban imposed on online hotel booking platform, the Birgün daily reported.  

Access to the platform was initially blocked by the same court in March 2017. The court ruled for the “preventive ban” on the activities of the Dutch-based platform in Turkey due to “unfair competition.”

The decision came after the Turkish Association of Travel Agents (TÜRSAB) filed a complaint against the Dutch-based website claiming that the website is engaged in unfair competition against Turkish-based hotel and flight booking platforms.

According to the decision, will not be able conduct commercial activities via its website, and the Information Technologies and Communications Authority (BTK) is to be ordered to ban access to the website in Turkey.

Earlier, Turkey’s Competition Authority fined TL 2,543,992.85 over TÜRSAB’s complaint.

Turkey’s relations with European countries, including the Netherlands, have been strained over their refusal to allow Turkish government officials to hold rallies there ahead of a public referendum in Turkey in April 2017