In an email this week, CEO Gillian Tans advised Australian hoteliers that from September 1 the world's largest online travel agent (OTA) will allow hoteliers and accommodation operators to offer whatever rates they like through other channels without retribution. This includes arch-rival Expedia, which is locked in discussions with the ACCC, and other online travel agents. It's an extension of the policy has adopted in Europe, where the anti-competitive nature of rate parity - ie contractually obligating operators to charge the same room rates across all distribution channels - has been under pressure from government competition watchdogs, particularly in France and Germany. Get the full story at Travel Trends Read also "Germany orders to delete all “best price” terms"