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During this year’s WYSTC Conference in Belgrade more than 37 WYSTC delegates discussed the current relationship between OTAs and accommodation providers. Following an introduction to the current state of play, the ongoing distribution issues were openly discussed in the context of the Sydney Declaration (2013). The issues include rate parity, commission, brand ownership and the increasing market concentration of OTAs.

The general consent was that the most of the issue areas in the Declaration are on-going and that the Declaration is addressing those issues. The comments and suggestions of the Roundtable will now be carefully reviewed and incorporated into an updated draft that will be circulated amongst all WYSE members and parties involved.

A follow-up discussion will be scheduled for the STAY WYSE Hostel Business Conference in Amsterdam 3-4 February 2016.