connect with us
Travel & Tourism industry news by Greek Travel Pages (gtp)

Stakeholders Call for ‘Transport and Tourism’ Portfolio in European Commission

Fifty European tourism stakeholders are calling for the European Commission to create a “Transport and Tourism” portfolio.

EU Votes to Protect Consumers, Employees in Bankruptcy Cases

Stronger and better consumer and employee protection in cases of corporate failure is the focus of a resolution which was recently adopted by the European Parliament.

ECTAA Backs EU Parliament Calls for Post-Thomas Cook Support Measures

ECTAA has welcomed a European Parliament decision to support measures that help tourists and tourism businesses address issues created from Thomas Cook's collapse.

Greek Authorities Address Air Traffic Control Delays

The Transport Ministry is looking to address the issue of flight delays at Athens International Airport (AIA) and at other facilities across Greece.

European Travel Agents Charge IATA with Ticket Distribution Abuse

The European Travel Agents’ and Tour Operators’ Association (ECTAA) has lodged a complaint against IATA for restricting competition in the market for air ticket distribution.

EU Air Traffic Control Delays and Flight Cancellations Peak in 2018

The number of air traffic control delays and flight cancellations appear to have peaked this year, "achieving" the worst record in almost a decade.

Airlines vs France Over Air Traffic Controller Strikes

Four airlines have filed complaints to the European Commission against France, claiming the country is breaking EU law by not enabling flights during air traffic controller strikes.

EU Tourism Bodies Join Forces Against Air Traffic Control Strikes

Major EU tourism trade bodies are joining forces with Airlines for Europe (A4E) in efforts to minimize the “damaging” impact of air traffic controller (ATC) strikes on travelers and tourism across the EU.

ECTAA Calls on Commission to Protect EU Air Passengers

Following a record number of airline failures in 2017, ECTAA is calling on the European Commission to protect EU passengers against airline insolvencies.

New Program to Promote Europe as Tourism Destination to China and the US

Europe is launching a program of matchmaking events to promote itself as a tourism destination to the target markets of China and the US.

ECTAA Slams IAG’s Plans to Charge Fee on GDS Bookings for British Airways and Iberia

ECTAA has condemned the IAG’s decision to apply a 9.5 euros surcharge to British Airways and Iberia tickets booked via GDS.

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.

Europe’s Tourism Stakeholders Call for Smarter EU Visa Policy

CLIA Europe and ECTAA 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.

Lufthansa Group Introduces Booking Fee On Tickets Booked Via GDS

As of Tuesday, September 1, all airline tickets issued by a booking channel using global distribution systems (GDS) for flights with Lufthansa, Brussels Airlines, Austrian Airlines and Swiss, will include a new “distribution cost charge” (DCC) of 16 euros.

ECTAA Files Formal Complaint Against Lufthansa AG on 16-euro GDS Charge

The Group of national travel agents' and tour operators' associations within the EU (ECTAA) on Friday filed a formal complaint with the EU Commission - Directorate General for Mobility & Transport against Lufthansa Group concerning the announced new Distribution Cost Charge (DCC).

Debate: VAT Rate on Hotels in Greece

The hotly debated value-added-tax (VAT) rate issue has been the main topic of discussion among tourism professional circles for the past months in Greece.

ECTAA: Tourism Industry Needs Certainty About Upcoming VAT Reform in Greece

European tour operators and travel agents have called on the negotiating parties for the Greek bailout program to make a decision, without further delay, on the future VAT rates for tourism services in Greece.

Lufthansa Not Backing Down on GDS Fee But Willing to Discuss

Lufthansa said there will “not be any further negotiation” on the 16-euro GDS charge but is ready to cooperate with distribution partners to find new solutions.

EU Tourism Strategy Set Out by Commissioner Bienkowska

European Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska set out her eight priorities for the future European tourism strategy, during ECTAA’s 111th General Assembly held recently in Montenegro.

Formation of Tourism Intergroup at European Parliament Receives Applause from Sector

The tourism industry across Europe has applauded the recent formation of a new Intergroup by Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) on the subject of Tourism.
12