ArrowArtboardCreated with Sketch.Title ChevronTitle ChevronIcon FacebookIcon LinkedinIcon Mail ContactPath LayerIcon MailPositive ArrowIcon PrintIcon Twitter
Business trends

Japan's booking-site clampdown exposes industry's arm-twisting

Powerful online players Rakuten, Expedia and Booking.com hold enormous clout over hotels

Japanese hotel operators have alleged that travel booking websites restrict their ability to set room prices.

TOKYO -- The Japanese fair trade watchdog's raids on the offices of travel booking websites Expedia, Booking.com and Rakuten Travel on Wednesday reveal the massive influence that online bookers have amassed, accounting for 90% of reservations for some hotels.

Sponsored Content

About Sponsored Content This content was commissioned by Nikkei's Global Business Bureau.

Nikkei Asian Review, now known as Nikkei Asia, will be the voice of the Asian Century.

Celebrate our next chapter
Free access for everyone - Sep. 30

Find out more