The mobility package adopted by the Commission on 29 November has received mixed reactions. ECTAA welcomes the measures to improve clarity and speed up B2B refunds. However, the obligation to limit prepayments of packages is expected to drive up prices, fragilize traders, and offer minimal benefits to consumers, potentially excluding the most vulnerable from this protective scheme and leading them towards cheaper yet unprotected alternatives. Furthermore, the proposal is criticized for lacking the essential tools required to effectively address large-scale crises.
An adept payment strategy not only mitigates risks but also enables higher revenues and heightened customer satisfaction, constituting a linchpin for sustainable growth within the industry. Within the labyrinth of travel and payment complexities, regulatory frameworks, especially the EU legislation, loom large, setting the tone and guidelines for the industry's operational landscape. Set against this backdrop, the forthcoming ECTAA Travel Payment Summit, scheduled for 21 February 2024 in Brussels, will bring together travel and payment experts alongside EU policymakers and stakeholders from the "Brussels bubble" with multifaceted goals:
- understand the complexities of travel payment
- understand the diverse spectrum of stakeholder perspectives
- explore novel approaches
- enable a collaborative environment fostering discussions beyond siloed dialogues prevalent today.
If you are interested in the ECTAA Travel Payment Summit and wish to register, you can find more information on our webpage
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Preferred Destination 2023 - Greece
Greece is a fascinating year-round holiday destination in the Mediterranean. With its loving and hospitable locals, its stunning coastlines, beautiful islands, delicious cuisine, and high-quality tourism infrastructure offer memorable holidaying throughout the year. There is always more for the visitor to enjoy!
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