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IATA: The BSP Turns 45

On March 1, 1971, the very first “Billing Settlement Plan” (BSP) was established in Japan. BSP is a system designed to facilitate and simplify the selling, reporting and remitting procedures of IATA Accredited Passenger Sales Agents, as well as improve financial control and cash...

Greek Travel Agents Eye Iranian Market

The Federation of Hellenic Associations of Tourist & Travel Agencies (FEDHATTA) and the Hellenic Association of Travel & Tourist Agencies (HATTA) have set eyes on the Iranian market and announced that they will strongly engage in the coming period to attract travelers from Iran...

World Travel Agents Associations Alliance Welcomes Spain’s CEAV

The World Travel Agents Associations Alliance (WTAAA) in December announced its newest member, the Spanish Confederation of Travel Agencies (CEAV), which also hosted the 3rd Summit of Presidents of Travel Agents Associations last month.

Travel Agents Still the Go-to Persons

Technology and the Internet may have made traveling much easier, but holidaymakers still prefer the face-to-face advice of a professional travel operator when planning their future vacation, according to the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA).

Greek Travel Agents Connect with Hoteliers at ‘GTP Island’

For the second time around, the Greek Travel Pages (GTP) provided a platform for local travel agents and tour operators to strengthen ties with hoteliers visiting the 100% Hotel Show.

ASTA Says “Vague” Government Travel Warnings Hurt Industry

The American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) expressed its concern on Tuesday that vague, generalized worldwide travel warnings that offer no country-specific details can be confusing to travelers and risk discouraging travel across the board.

Russia-Turkey Turmoil to Send Tourism to Greece

Russian tourists who were planning to visit Turkey in the summer of 2016 will most likely be redistributed to Mediterranean countries such as Greece, Italy, Spain and Croatia, according to the Association of Tour Operators of Russia (ATOR).

Global Operation Cracks Down on Airline Scam, 133 Detained

A total of 162 suspicious transactions were reported and 133 individuals detained earlier this month during a joint operation to combat online fraud in the airline sector, Europol said in a recent statement.

WTM 2015: ‘The Refugee Crisis is Greece’s No. 1 Priority’, says ABTA Chairman

Early bookings from the United Kingdom to Greece for 2016 may be showing an increase but the head of the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) warns that Greece must solve a very serious matter very quickly: the refugee crisis.

Basque Country Welcomes Travel Agency Unions to Talk Tourism in November

The Basque Country will host the 3rd Summit of Travel Agencies Associations in Euskadi, on November 4-6 with the opening ceremony to kick off at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao.

DER Touristik Creates European Network of Travel Experts

Τhe EU's and Switzerland's competition authorities have approved DER Touristik's acquisition of Kuoni tour operator activities.

Airfasttickets Ceases Operations

Greek online travel booking company Airfasttickets has ceased operations.

Formal Complaint Filed Against Lufthansa GDS Fee By ETTSA

The European Technology & Travel Services Association (ETTSA), the association representing Global Distribution Services (GDS) and online travel agents, has filed a formal complaint with the European Commission against Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines, Swiss and Brussels Airlines.

GBTA: Travel Managers to Cut Spending with Lufthansa Due to €16 Per GDS Booking Surcharge

Fifty percent of travel managers who include Lufthansa in their travel program as a preferred carrier said they plan to decrease spending with the company once its new “distribution cost charge” (DCC) of 16 euros takes effect, a poll of Global Business Travel Association (GBTA)...

Interjet Signs Distribution and Technology Agreement with Amadeus

Mexico's Interjet and Amadeus have announced a full content agreement and the adoption of Amadeus Altéa Reservation, which will enable the airline to extend its reach to new markets and grow its international customer base.

‘Dodeka’ Action Plan to Establish Greece as All-year Tourism Choice

In efforts to make Greece an year-round tourist destination, the Hellenic Association of Travel & Tourist Agencies (HATTA) announces the launch of “Dodeka”.

Business Travel Coalition: Travel Industry Rejects Lufthansa Group €16 Surcharge

The Business Travel Coalition has submitted a letter to Lufthansa Group in which it rejects the airline’s plans to implement a 16-euro surcharge on any tickets not purchased through Lufthansa’s website or ticket offices.

TUI: Bookings to Greece See Improvement in Recent Weeks

TUI, the parent company of travel agents Thomson and First Choice Travel, said on Thursday that bookings to Greece have been recovering in recent weeks.

DRV: German Travelers Still Booking Greece

Planned holidays, new destinations, demand for alternative travel and overall bookings through travel agents to Greece, are still high, according to a recent DRV (Deutscher ReiseVerband) report of market trends.

Travel Agency Body Fed HATTA Seeks Solutions to Liquidity Issues

Capital controls implemented in Greece, in the last month as well as the resulting lack of liquidity have led to a delay in the payment of insurance contributions by local travel agencies.