Online travel aggregator Booking.com said Thursday it will comply with a court order and stop offering local products inside Turkey, but noted it is preparing to file an appeal against the ruling.
A court Wednesday said the website's business of marketing Turkish destinations to customers in Turkey violated competition rules and disadvantaged local travel agents. The court demanded Booking.com halt the practice.
The action was in response to a suit by the Association of Turkish Travel Agencies (TURSAB), which claimed its members were being negatively affected.
"In complying with the injunction right now, there is no need to switch off our website for Turkish customers completely," Booking.com said in a statement.
Now, when using the website from Turkey, there are no options listed for booking inside the country. From abroad, it is still possible to use the service for options inside Turkey.
The company, owned by the US-based Priceline Group, said it will continue to offer services to foreigners outside the country who plan to visit Turkey. Turkish customers can continue to use the platform when travelling abroad.
Booking.com argues its services are beneficial for hotels and similar businesses which use its platform to reach customers.
The ruling comes amid general questions about online platforms and apps that offer services, but disrupt traditional markets.