Recent Position Papers
October 2014 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 The provisions are in dire need of revision as they are outdated (from 1977), resulting in major distortions of competition in the market for the supply of travel services.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 and annex
November 2013 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.
01/12/2016 ECTAA's Activity Report 2015-2016
The 2016 ECTAA Digest: EU Legislation & the Travel Trade
Over 160 pages long, this document offers an up-to-date overview of the adopted or proposed legislation and the different initiatives and programmes impacting on tourism. The issues presented range from general horizontal industry questions such as the development of electronic commerce to very specific travel trade problems, such as the implementation of the Package Travel Directive with regards to tour operators' financial guarantee in the case of bankruptcy.