China’s largest online travel retailer Ctrip has been accused by an unnamed hotel operator of faking reservations on the Japanese version of its overseas travel platform Trip.com. The operator of the spa hotel said it found that the platform showed the property was still available for reservations while its rooms were fully booked.

The issue reportedly resulted in the hotel dealing with orders for which there were no rooms. It speculated that Ctrip intentionally overbooked the property in a bid to charge extra fees for cancellations. TechNode could not verify the claim.

In a statement issued to TechNode, Ctrip apologized for the incident, saying it was a result “misaligned information” with its accommodation partners. It said it had reconfirmed 80% of the affected bookings, adding that those which had not been confirmed by Dec. 12 would be eligible for refunds or the company would provide alternatives.

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Emma Lee

Emma Lee is Shanghai-based tech writer, covering startups and tech happenings in China and Asia in general. We are looking for stories related to tech and China. Reach her at lixin@technode.com.