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ECTAA is the Group of national travel agents’ and tour operators’ associations within the EU. It actively cooperates with European Union institutions and international organizations to ensure that their interests and special requirements are taken into consideration.
ECTAA was founded in 1961 at Bad Kreuznach (Federal Republic of Germany) by the national associations of travel agents and tour operators of the 6 founding Member States of the Common Market. Other national associations joined ECTAA with the successive enlargements of the European Union.
ECTAA now represents the national associations of travel agents and tour operators of 27 EU Member States, of 2 EU accession countries as well Switzerland and Norway, and 3 international Members .
Latest press releases
Commissionner Violeta BULC speaks about EU’s vision for transport and importance for tourism
Following the adoption of the EU Aviation Strategy in December 2015, a package of legislative measures will be adopted by the Commission in the coming years in order to boost the competitiveness of the EU airlines. Commissioner for Transport Violeta BULC presented the key initiatives that will also have an impact on tourism at the ECTAA General Assembly held in Ljubljana, Slovenia this 26th May 2016.
Spotlight on Slovenia
From 25 to 28 May the European Association of Travel Agents and Tour Operators will meet in the European Green Capital 2016, Ljubljana. This is part of the Preferred Destination agreement signed with the Slovenian Tourist Board to help promote Slovenia through the travel agency network
ECTAA and GEBTA call for the revision of the VAT scheme for travel agents
ECTAA and GEBTA call on the European Commission and Member States to start a dialogue on the revision of the special VAT scheme for travel agents, as provided for in articles 306-310 of the VAT Directive. The provisions are in dire need of revision as they are outdated (from 1977), resulting in major distortions of competition in the market for the supply of travel services.
Position Paper on the Revision of the Package Travel Directive
The Package Travel Directive was adopted in 1990 and was covering most of the holiday market at the time of its adoption.
However, Consumer patterns have changed over the last 23 years, and new distribution channels have emerged thanks technological developments and the widespread usage of internet. Today, the European Consumer has access to multiple distribution channels from the classical paper brochure to mobile applications.
Global Green Destinations Day
On the occasion of
World Tourism Day, a Global Green Destinations Day will be staged in Ljubljana on 27 and 28 September 2016.
The central green destinations event celebrated at the global level will bring together leading experts on sustainable development and green tourism, opinion leaders, representatives of destinations, associations, hoteliers and tourism providers who are striving for sustainable development in tourism.
ECTAA's Preferred destination for 2016 is Slovenia
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