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29/06/2020 ECTAA welcomes pay-out of Malev refunds to travel agents and tour operators following an agreement with IATA 

The former Hungarian flag carrier Malev went bankrupt in 2012 leaving many travel agencies and tour operators with unpaid refund requests. After lengthy and complex negotiations, travel agents obtain a pay-out of large parts of their refund requests.

June 2020 NET calls on the EU to match its recognition of tourism’s significance with proper funding: recovery and long-term

During the immediate response to the crisis, the European Commission recognised that:

  • Tourism revenue had suffered a total collapse, just at the start of the season
  • Investment in the sector would not take place - Its ecosystem is dominated by SMEs and micro enterprises
  • This is what makes the tourism offer in Europe so diverse, distinctive and appealing
  • The losses are cross-cutting in impact, including transport, culture and rural economy
  • This crisis is different: demand has been drastically suppressed and travel discouraged

 

27/04/2020 ECTAA welcomes Tourism Ministers’ strong support for a swift and effective recovery of tourism sector

Recognising that tourism has been “badly hit” by the COVID-19 crisis, ECTAA is pleased to see that Tourism Ministers are eager to use the EU Recovery Fund for tourism. ECTAA also welcomes their support for a “harmonized solution” for refunding travel packages, including vouchers (link).

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