Saturday 18 September 2021

Dutch judge rules that is not a travel agency

Simferopol, Russia - April 13, 2014: the system online hotel reservations. Is founded in Amsterdam in 1996.

A Dutch judge has ruled that online hotel booking site is not a travel agency and therefore is not compelled to join industry pension provider Reiswerk Pensioenen, the Volkskrant reported on Wednesday.

Reiswerk has been working strenuously since 2014 to force to join its pension scheme. It brought the case to court to enforce this arguing that the company books trips.

But regards itself only as an online marketing platform which enables travellers to find and book hotels. The judge agreed. ‘The website of is nothing more than an enormous collection of advertisements in digital form,’ he said. In this way, he said, it is comparable to the printer of an old-fashioned travel guide.

The judge’s ruling has saved a lot of money. Reiswerk had asked that be forced to join its pension scheme retroactive to 1999, paying a 20% premium over all salaries paid out since that time.

It is not known exactly how much money this involves but now employs 2,800 people in Amsterdam. was not available for comment, the Volkskrant said.

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