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EU Hotels May Soon Be Rated Under Unified Star System

Aiming to ensure transparency, security and fair play, the Hotelstars Union (HSU) is preparing a unified star rating system that will apply to all hotels in the EU.

Hotels Chamber Works to Get Greek Hospitality Industry Issues High on EU Agenda

The Hellenic Chamber of Hotels has tabled the urgent tourism issues that need to go high on the EU agenda ahead of European elections on May 26.

Greece’s Alexandros Vassilikos Elected to HOTREC Executive Committee

HOTREC, the European umbrella association of hotels, restaurants and cafés, has elected Hellenic Chamber of Hotels President Alexandros Vassilikos as an ExCom Member.

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.

Greek Hotel Chamber Backs HOTREC’s Call for Slashed VAT Rates

The Hellenic Chamber of Hotels welcomed proposals for the reduction of VAT rates for hotels in Europe, during the recent general assembly of HOTREC in Austria.

HOTREC Hails EC Push for Online Platform Transparency

HOTREC, the umbrella association of hotels, restaurants and cafés in Europe, welcomed a proposal by the European Commission aiming to ensure transparency for online platforms.

HOTREC: ‘Registration of Activity’ a Must for Sharing Economy Platforms

HOTREC is calling for sharing economy activities to comply with basic market and societal requirements allowing for a healthy and fair business market.

Hotrec: Quality, Variety of Local Cuisine Lands Greece Among Europe’s Top 3 Foodie Destinations

Greece is in the top three European destinations with regards to overall quality and variety of local food and cuisine, according to a Hotrec survey.

Europe’s Hoteliers Team Up to Fight ‘Shadow Hospitality’

An action plan aimed at tackling the growing problem of shadow hospitality was announced by HOTREC, the umbrella association of national trade bodies representing Europe’s hotels, restaurants, cafes and similar establishments.

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.

HOTREC Calls for Parity Clauses from Hotel Distribution Contracts to be Banned

HOTREC, the organization representing the hotel sector in Europe, said it opposes to any commitment by Online Travel Agents trying to maintain parity clauses in hotel room distribution in one form or the other.

Travel Package Directive: European Council Agrees on “General Approach”, Industry Professionals Express Concern

The Council of the European Union has agreed on a "general approach" for the reform of the Travel Package Directive, amending the European Commission’s earlier proposals. The "general approach" is on the basis of a compromise text prepared by the Italian Presidency.

ECTAA and HOTREC Strongly Disapprove of Rushed Agreement of Package Travel Directive

The European Council will adopt a general approach on the revision of the Package Travel Directive during the Competitiveness Council held on Thursday. The European Travel Agents’ and Tour Operators’ Association (ECTAA) and HOTREC, the European association representing the...

25% Of Hotel Bookings In Europe Are Made Via Internet Intermediaries

Twenty-five percent of total overnights in hotels in Europe are made via Internet intermediaries mainly through on line tour agents and global distribution systems (GDS), according to a recent study carried out by HOTREC, the Confederation of Hotels, Restaurants & Cafes in the...

Study: EU Hospitality Is Key Economic Driver

The hospitality sector plays a critical role in fighting youth unemployment and is essential for jobs and growth and the health of other sectors, according to a Europe-wide study presented during HOTREC’s 67th General Assembly recently held in Athens, Greece.
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Greece Becomes 15th Member Of Hotelstars Union

Greece and Denmark are the new members of the European hotel classification system Hotelstars Union (HSU) and will now classify their hotels according to the identical criteria of participating countries. Denmark is the 14th and Greece the 15th member country of the HSU. Greece...