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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.

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Latest press releases

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. 

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Position Papers
15/10/2014 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 The provisions are in dire need of revision as they are outdated (from 1977), resulting in major distortions of competition in the market for the supply of travel services.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

14/11/2013 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.

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Tourism Link
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.

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Preferred destination
ECTAA's Preferred destination for 2015 is Montenegro. 
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