Press Releases

10/03/2017 Malaysia selected as ECTAA’s Preferred Destination for 2018.
The European travel agents’ and tour operators’ Association will cooperate closely with Tourism Malaysia to boost European outbound tourism to Malaysia in 2018. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board (Tourism Malaysia) and the European Travel Agents’ and Tour Operators’ Associations (ECTAA) on 9 March 2017 at the International Tourism Fair ITB in Berlin, Germany.

13/12/2016 Call for a new model to govern indirect air distribution
The Travel Agent Community met with IATA Director General to discuss the modernization of the rules governing the indirect air distribution. Today’s IATA Passenger Agency Programme is no longer fit for purpose as it does not optimally address the broad and varied needs of all the stakeholders within the distribution chain.

09/12/16 ECTAA welcomes EU-China tourism engagement
ECTAA welcomes the designation of 2018 as the year of EU-China tourism, which will help foster travel and tourism between the two regions.
The 2018 EU-China Year of Tourism was signed by Mr Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission and Mr Li Keqiang, Premier of the State Council of the People's Republic of China, at the opening of the EU-China summit on 12 July 2016.

05/12/2016 Tunisia welcomes European Travel Agents’ and Tour Operators’ Association in Tunis
On 1-2 December, the European Travel Agents’ and Tour Operators’ association –ECTAA- held its semi-annual meeting in Tunisia. The meeting was attended by more than 20 European delegations.
ECTAA, has met for the first time in Tunis on the invitation of its International Member, the Tunisian Federation of Travel Agents, FTAV. This was an opportunity to exchange views and take stock of the work that has been undertaken by the Tunisian government as well as the industry to welcome back European tourists in Tunisia.

26/05/2016 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.

25/05/2016 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

14/04/2016 Next step in the EU Data Revolution – Plenary Vote on the EU PNR Directive and Data Protection Package
The EU Parliament adopted the EU PNR Directive and the Data Protection Package during the Plenary Session on 14th April 2016 in Strasbourg. It is a strong signal that EU data protection system will change for good 

15/03/2016 Europe's Tourism Sector calls on the LIBE Committee to adopt a smart Schengen Visa Package
The Network for the European Private Sector in Tourism, which gathers the main travel and tourism and trade associations in Europe, is calling on the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee (LIBE) to adopt a smart Schengen Visa package.

16/12/15 Travel and tourism sector unites behind Tourism for Growth and Jobs Manifesto 
For the first time ever, Europe’s public and private tourism actors have come together to call for the European Union to do more for this important industry. Published to coincide with the European Tourism Day on Wednesday 16th December, the Tourism for Growth and Jobs Manifesto highlights the key EU policy priorities for the sector in the coming years on topics ranging from skills and qualifications to sustainability and competitiveness of Europe’s tourism.

15/10/15 NET calls for policies that foster the competitiveness of the European tourism industry during a meeting with Commissioner Bieńkowska.
A NET delegation comprising high level representatives from the European Private Sector in Tourism met with EU Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs Bieńkowska to discuss the main challenges and opportunities within the tourism sector.

17/09/2015 Europe's tourism stakeholders call on EU Member States to implement a smarter EU Visa Code
CLIA Europe and ECTAA highlight economic advantages of liberalising the Visa Regime for the Schengen Area. Both associations have called on the EU to bring more flexibility to the EU Visa Code in order to facilitate the entry of legitimate tourists and travellers from third countries into Europe whilst maintaining the current high level of security.

24/07/2015 ECTAA files a formal complaint against Lufthansa AG concerning the announced new Distribution Cost Charge
This 24th July 2015, ECTAA filed a formal complaint with the EU Commission - Directorate General for Mobility & Transport, based on the EU Regulation N° 80/2009 on a Code of Conduct for Global Distribution Systems, GDSs. 

17/06/15 Tourism industry needs certainty more than ever about the upcoming VAT reform in Greece
As one of the main players of the tourism supply chain, the European tour operators’ and travel agents’ association is calling on the negotiating parties for the Greek bailout programme to adopt a swift decision on the future VAT rates for tourism services in Greece and implement any changes gradually to avoid a ripple effect on Greek’s tourism, the backbone of the Greek economy

02/06/15 Lufthansa’s new commercial strategy- Another air fare increase for the EU traveller
This 2nd June 2015, the Lufthansa Group announced that as from 1st September 2015, all LH Group Airlines will introduce a new cost charge of 16 EUR for every ticket issued by travel agents via GDSs. More than ever, the EU traveller should be able to rely on neutral and impartial advice of travel agents to find his way in the jungle of airline fares, charges, fuel surcharges and other ancillaries.

26/05/2015 Commissioner Bienkowska sets out EU tourism strategy
Ms. Elżbieta Bieńkowska, European Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs of the European Commission addressed the General Assembly of ECTAA and set out her visions on the future European strategy

12/01/2015 Final Landing of Cyprus Airways; ECTAA recalls the pressing need for a scheme protecting air passengers across the EU
On Friday 9. January 2015, the Board of Cyprus Airways decided to suspend operations following the order of the European Commission (DG Competition) to recover incompatible state aid from the national air carrier.

15/12/14 Formation of Tourism Intergroup at European Parliament Lifts the Sector
The formation of a new Intergroup by Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) on the subject of Tourism has sparked a coordinated cry of “Bravo!” from the tourism industry across Europe.

04/12/2014 Package Travel Directive: ECTAA deplores the rushed adoption of a promising text
The European Council will adopt a general approach on the revision of the Package Travel Directive during the Competitiveness Council held on the 4th of December. ECTAA has been advocating for a balanced revision of the Package Travel Directive and deplores that the rushed adoption by the Council will be harmful to the entire travel industry, and especially to travel agents and tour operators.

27/06/2014 TOURISMlink review conference offers industry solutions
At the TOURISMlink review conference in Brussels, industry leaders gathered to discuss the challenges of developing European tourism and how the TOURISMlink platform could be the answer.

18/06/2014 Final review of TOURISMlink project at June conference in Brussels
TOURISMlink has completed its trial period, but what does the future hold for the platform and Europe’s fragmented tourism industry? A conference in Brussels will review the European Commission-backed project.

ECTAA elects new President and welcomes a new Member 
The General Assembly of ECTAA elected a new President, Mr. Lars Thykier, Managing Director of the Danish Travel Agents’ Association, for a 2 year term. He is succeeding ...

01/04/2014 NET welcomes Schengen visa simplification
Today the European Commission proposed a package of measures to facilitate Schengen visa processing. Application processes will improve, repeat travel will be facilitated, and a new visa allowing stays longer than 90 days will be introduced.

13/03/2014 Next step in the Data Protection Reform – EU Parliament Plenary Vote of 12 March 2014
The EU Parliament unanimously confirmed its strong support to the European Commission's data protection reform by adopting the reports of MEPs Jan-Philipp Albrecht and Dimitrios Droutsas (LIBE Committee) as the official position of the EU Parliament.

11/03/2014 Package Travel Directive: ECTAA calls on the European Parliament to close the gaps in consumer protection legislation
The European Parliament is about to vote on the 12th of March on the report for a revision of the Package Travel Directive. In July 2013 the European Commission published the long awaited proposal for the revision of the Package Travel Directive.

12/02/2014 Revision of the Package Travel Directive: A level playing field not ensured
Today, 11 February 2014, the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee voted on a proposal of Directive on Package Travel and Package Tour.

24/01/2014 The Azores selected as ECTAA’s Preferred Destination for 2014
Starting January 2014, the Azores have become the Preferred Destination of the European umbrella association of travel agents and tour operators. The agreement signed between ECTAA and the Azores will bring mutual benefits to both travel agents and tour operators regrouped within ECTAA and the Azores.

13/12/2013 Consumers and industry share some common views on the revision of the package travel legislation
ECTAA, the European Travel Agents’ and Tour Operators’ Association, and BEUC, the European Consumers’ Organisation, are hosting a lunch this Friday with representatives of Member States participating to the EU Council Working Group on the revision of the Package Travel Directive.

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