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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 26 EU Member States, of 2 EU accession countries as well Switzerland and Norway.

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Latest press releases

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.


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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 The provisions are in dire need of revision as they are outdated (from 1977), resulting in major distortions of competition in the market for the supply of travel services.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.
Taking into consideration these market changes, the European Commission has published a proposal for revision of the Package Travel Directive. 
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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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