Tourism: the Booking company ordered to pay a fine of 1.2 million euros to the city of Paris

the essential The City of Paris, which requested a fine greater than 150 million euros, had taken Booking before civil justice in January 2021 considering that it had not received the requested information “within the allotted time”.

The Dutch company “Booking.com BV” was sentenced on Monday 18 to a fine of 1, 234 million euros for non-compliance with the tourism code, which will be paid in full to the city of Paris.

The Paris court ruled that Booking had “disregarded” certain provisions of the Tourism Code by not transmitting certain information to the city of Paris, in particular the number of days during which tourist accommodation was subject to a location.

The City of Paris, which asked for a fine greater than 150 million euros, had taken Booking before civil justice in January 2021 considering that it had not received the requested information “within the allotted time”. “Booking.com BV demonstrates to have, in a process of compliance, transmitted the requested information”, specifies the decision of the court, which considers, however, that the company “delayed” in communicating the data requested by the City of Paris. “Thus, unlike the request presented by the City of Paris which seeks a dissuasive sanction, the fine imposed must be set at a reduced amount”, explains the decision.

The entire civil fine will be paid to the City of Paris, “in accordance with the tourism code”.

“Disappointed with the decision”

“We are disappointed by the decision (…) relating to the sharing of data between Booking.com and the City of Paris”, commented the Dutch company, which indicates working “in close collaboration with the City of Paris since then to guarantee the quality and effectiveness of the data we share and to ensure that we fully comply with all of our legal obligations in France. ”

“In this specific case, the data retroactively required by law did not allow Booking.com to have the time necessary to properly meet the City of Paris’ requirements relating to the quality of shared files,” Booking said. “Since then, we have strived to continuously improve the quality of the data transmitted, to the satisfaction of the City of Paris.”

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