Hotels protesting against India’s Oyo to launch own app

According to reports, Oyo has removed protesting hotels from its platform

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Indian hotel owners who have been protesting against Oyo Hotels have now launched a parallel app to compete with the SoftBank-backed company. 

Members of the Kerala Hotel & Restaurant Association (KHRA) find Oyo’s trade practices “unfair” and “illegal” according to a report in the New Indian Express. Which is why the group started protesting against the company.

As part of their new app, Hoteliers plan to set bookings according to their base rate.

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Hotel owners alleged that though several hoteliers were planning to hand in their withdrawal notice to the group as per the agreement, Oyo refused to accept it, the newspaper reported. 

Last week, the Delhi High Court restrained the hoteliers’ welfare associations from issuing any notices or boycotting the company as it violates their contract.

Despite the injunction, the owners told the newspaper they were in discussions with legal experts to counter action from Oyo.

Oyo Hotels and Homes had threatened to take legal action against groups for trying to disrupt its business, Indian media reported. According to the New Indian Express, the hospitality group has removed protesting hotels from its website.

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