Booking.com introduces special mode for hotel booking in Crimea
Booking.com hotel booking service makes the reservation process for temporarily occupied territory of Crimea available only for those who do not travel for leisure purposes, the company's press service has said.
"In order to avoid any misunderstanding regarding Booking.com's position in doing business with Crimea properties (which is not prohibited), Booking.com has (on a voluntary basis) adjusted its website and the reservation process to make sure that those who wish to make a reservation with a Crimea property can only do this if they do not travel for leisure purposes," the press service of Booking.com said in response to an inquiry of Interfax-Ukraine.
Booking.com website asks if the visitors are going to travel for leisure purposes or not. If visitors answer that they travel for leisure purposes, options for booking hotels in Crimea are absent.
MP from People's Front Heorhiy Lohvynsky said earlier that Prosecutor General's Office of Crimea opened a criminal case against the Booking.com service for booking hotels in Crimea.
He said that access to Booking.com website is to be restricted on the territory of Ukraine until the company stops these activities and the company is to refund all unlawfully received funds to Ukraine.
Booking.com has a subsidiary in Ukraine - Booking.com Ukraine LLC (Kyiv).