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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.
Latest press releases
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
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€ 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.
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 The provisions are in dire need of revision as they are outdated (from 1977), resulting in major distortions of competition in the market for the supply of travel services.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.
TOURISMlink is about creating link between smaller local tourism enterprises to improve their competitiveness. This European demonstration will facilitate the flow of information among service suppliers, customers and traditional tourism enterprises, in a B2B environment through the use of modern ICT.
ECTAA's Preferred destination for 2015 is Montenegro.
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