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Open letter from ETOA to the Barcelona City Council

Open letter from ETOA to the Barcelona City Council

The European Tour Operators Association sent an open letter to the Barcelona City Council (Ajuntament de Barcelona), shared here:We, the European Tour Operators Association (ETOA), along with the International Road Transport Union (IRU), FECAV and ASTIC … March 8, 2012
Visas campaign a top priority for ETOA this year

Visas campaign a top priority for ETOA this year

ETOA opened its seminar program for 2012 at the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel in Brussels on the February 6. The focus was tourism to and from Russia, and if there was a thread that ran throughout the day, it was the issue of visas. The centrality of this … February 14, 2012
Ambassador and Director General to speak at ETOA Russian Seminar

Ambassador and Director General to speak at ETOA Russian Seminar

Russian Ambassador-at-Large to the EU, Anwar Azimov, and the Director General of Home Affairs at the European Commission, Stefano Manservisi, will both deliver keynote speeches at ETOA’s forthcoming Russian Seminar to be held in Brussels on February … January 31, 2012
ETOA runs snapshot visa survey as campaign gathers pace

ETOA runs snapshot visa survey as campaign gathers pace

ETOA is currently running a short snapshot survey of the Schengen visa process in five major origin markets: China, India, Indonesia, Russia, and South Africa. This looks at four specific points of the visa code: language, interviews, turnaround times, … December 8, 2011
US travelers set to return to Europe – new UNWTO-ETC report

US travelers set to return to Europe – new UNWTO-ETC report

Despite the downward revision of the country's economic growth forecast, US tour operators predict US travelers will return to Europe in growing numbers. This is the main finding of a new World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)/European Travel Commission (ETC) … November 11, 2011
US travel to Europe: set for recovery or still in the doldrums?

US travel to Europe: set for recovery or still in the doldrums?

As the global economic situation remains volatile and the demographic make-up of the USA alters, we can expect changes in the way Americans travel. But what form will these changes take? A joint seminar of the European Travel Commission (ETC), World … October 27, 2011
GEM11 grows with new attendees

GEM11 grows with new attendees

GEM11 is the annual members-only event organized by the European Tour Operators Association (ETOA) at which tour operator buyers sit down for a series of pre-scheduled meetings with a wide range of suppliers and trade contacts, ranging from hotels and … September 30, 2011
New research from ETOA highlights how visa situation is damaging tourism

New research from ETOA highlights how visa situation is damaging tourism

The European Tour Operators Association (ETOA) will be releasing new research on September 13 at the opening of its Markets of the 21st Century Seminar in Switzerland, the latest in the Origin Markets Series. The research was conducted in conjunction … September 9, 2011
ETOA meets Venice City Council

ETOA meets Venice City Council

The European Tour Operators Association (ETOA) held a meeting on August 23 with the assessors in charge of tourism and transport in Venice. The main theme of the meeting was to work to improve the lines of communication between the city and the wider … September 7, 2011
New event launched to attract top overseas tourism buyers

New event launched to attract top overseas tourism buyers

The European Tour Operators Association (ETOA) and UKinbound have joined forces with VisitBritain to deliver a unique business-to-business event in 2012. The VisitBritain Hosted Buyers Marketplace (HBM) is an exclusive opportunity for British tourism … August 4, 2011
ETOA engages European Commissioner on tourism concerns at City Fair

ETOA engages European Commissioner on tourism concerns at City Fair

On Monday, June 20, the European Tour Operators Association (ETOA) raised tourism concerns with Antonio Tajani, Vice President of the European Commission (EC) and the Commissioner in charge of Industry and Entrepreneurship. Mr. Tajani met with senior … June 23, 2011
Venice accommodation tax delayed

Venice accommodation tax delayed

Following scenes of protest, walkouts by certain councillors, and ultimately a lack of quorum, the debate and vote on Venice’s proposed accommodation tax was delayed on Monday evening (June 20). Outside the chambers, people held up banners decrying … June 22, 2011
ETOA welcomes European Commissioner's presence at City Fair

ETOA welcomes European Commissioner's presence at City Fair

The European Tour Operators Association (ETOA) is pleased to announce that Antonio Tajani, Vice President of the European Commission and European Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship, will attend City Fair 2011 in London on Monday, June 20. … June 14, 2011
City Fair welcomes Europe to London

City Fair welcomes Europe to London

With less than four weeks to go until the first ever City Fair, over 80 destinations from 23 different European countries and 130 buyers are attending what promises to be a very busy and productive workshop. This may reflect recent research by European … May 27, 2011
Florence’s sudden accommodation tax will damage business, ETOA warns

Florence’s sudden accommodation tax will damage business, ETOA warns

Various hotel associations and other representatives of the travel industry were told in a special meeting yesterday with city authorities that Florence (Italy) plans to introduce an accommodation tax as of July 1 this year. The tax will be based on 1 … May 24, 2011
ETOA applauds announcement by Irish Finance Minister on reforms to improve inbound tourism visas

ETOA applauds announcement by Irish Finance Minister on reforms to improve inbound tourism visas

In a statement delivered on Tuesday, May 10, the Irish Finance Minister announced an important reform to the visa requirements for visitors to Ireland. Since last year, the European Tour Operators Association (ETOA) has been calling for an overhaul … May 12, 2011
ETOA adds voice to Italian coach initiative

ETOA adds voice to Italian coach initiative

The European Tours Operators Association (ETOA) has welcomed the Italian round table on coach tourism set up under the Presidency of the Council of Ministers in Italy. In a statement issued in partnership with IRU and ECTAA, the association highlighted … May 3, 2011
ETOA plans series of City Tourism seminars

ETOA plans series of City Tourism seminars

Following ETOA’s recent City Tourism Seminar in Florence, the association is planning to hold further such meetings in other European destinations. The seminars will bring together representatives of the local tourism community such as hotels, guides, … April 8, 2011
European Tour Operators Association sends message to Japan

European Tour Operators Association sends message to Japan

Thomas Jenkins, Executive Director of the European Tour Operators Association (ETOA), has written to Mr. Akira Kanai, Chairman of JATA (Japanese Association of Travel Agents). The text in English is as follows: Along with the rest of the world, … March 18, 2011
UK visa regime deters up to half a million clients a year

UK visa regime deters up to half a million clients a year

At a press conference in London at the Grand Connaught Rooms on March 14 at 11:00 am, the European Tour Operators Association (ETOA) will highlight three major problems that affect incoming tourism: tax, visas, and the impact of the Olympic Games. Visas … March 14, 2011
Punitive tax regime causes long-term damage to inbound tourism

Punitive tax regime causes long-term damage to inbound tourism

At a press conference in London at the Grand Connaught Rooms on March 14 at 11:00 am, the European Tour Operators Association (ETOA) will highlight three major problems that affect incoming tourism: tax, visas, and the impact of the Olympic Games. If … March 14, 2011
New research to reveal why 2012 tourism business is running away from UK

New research to reveal why 2012 tourism business is running away from UK

At the start of British Tourism Week, the European Tour Operators Association (ETOA) will reveal new research that will explain why tourism is running away from the UK rather than towards it. Last August, the Prime Minister made a speech stressing tourism’s … March 2, 2011
ETOA welcomes funding for tourism in London

ETOA welcomes funding for tourism in London

ETOA welcomed the news that the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has announced a £14m per annum, four-year funding deal for a new promotion agency for London. This will bring together the work of the existing agencies for tourism, inward investment, and … December 21, 2010
New interactive homepage for ETOA

New interactive homepage for ETOA

The European Tour Operators Association (ETOA) has launched a new homepage at www.etoa.org . The website features a new design and navigation, enabling members to immediately source operational news and information on lobbying and regulatory issues. Visitors … December 17, 2010
European Tour Operators Association to highlight city tourism in 2011

European Tour Operators Association to highlight city tourism in 2011

European Tour Operators Association (ETOA) will be running several events in 2011 looking at various aspects of city tourism, with City Fair in London being the highest profile of these. City tourist boards and operators will come together for a full-day … December 10, 2010
ETOA and Visa Policy Unit to work together on best practice

ETOA and Visa Policy Unit to work together on best practice

European Tour Operators Association (ETOA) held a 90-minute meeting with the European Commission’s Visa Policy Unit on Monday, November 29, to move forward the discussion initiated by the recent "Europe: Open for Business?" seminar held in Brussels … December 6, 2010
Rome City Council to go ahead with accommodation tax

Rome City Council to go ahead with accommodation tax

"In order for the city of Rome not to tax Romans, we have decided to tax the tourists," said Councillor Federico Guidi. On December 2, the Roman authorities confirmed that the “Contributo di Soggiorno” levy will go ahead on January 1, 2011. This … December 6, 2010
ETOA hoteliers workshop wins support of Belgian tourist organizations

ETOA hoteliers workshop wins support of Belgian tourist organizations

The European Tour Operators Association (ETOA) is pleased to announce that Brussels International Tourism and Congress, the Tourist Office for Flanders, the Belgian Tourist Office Brussels, and Wallonia are all lending their support to the Hoteliers European … December 1, 2010
European visas deter over 450,000 tourists a year

European visas deter over 450,000 tourists a year

The process of applying for a visa to visit Europe is so unpleasant that over 450,000 tourists are deterred from coming. This is a core finding of the latest European Tour Operators Association (ETOA) report on visa applications. Indian and Chinese tourists … October 12, 2010
Volcanic Cash

Volcanic Cash

It was hoped that the closure of European airspace in mid-April was a one-off event, but renewed activity by the volcano has led to a sporadic pattern of airspace closures all over Europe. This causes major problems and current legislation leaves the … May 13, 2010
ETOA to launch Group Tourism Charter in Brussels

ETOA to launch Group Tourism Charter in Brussels

ETOA will be launching a Group Tourism Charter in conjunction with European Cities Marketing (ECM) and the International Road Transport Union (IRU) on May 11 in Brussels, followed by a seminar to look at the challenges and opportunities facing the group … April 8, 2010
Olympics is a tourism problem

Olympics is a tourism problem

One of the benefits claimed for the Olympic Games is a boost in tourism to the host city. This boost, according to data obtained by the European Tour Operators Association (ETOA), is wholly illusory. Indeed there are indications that the impact of the … November 4, 2009
ETOA announces campaign on tax reform

ETOA announces campaign on tax reform

On January 1, a series of new measures on the indirect taxation of travel services are coming into force throughout Europe. In the Republic of Ireland the margin on tourism services are to be taxed for the first time. In the UK, companies who sell to … September 24, 2009
New rules on VAT

New rules on VAT

Travel and tourism is the largest sector of the EU economy. Europe’s share of global tourism is declining – bad news for European exports. What’s worse, current EU VAT rules make it more costly for EU-based, tour operators to promote Europe as a … October 24, 2008
Where are the Japanese?

Where are the Japanese?

Japan has been one of the most important origin markets for Europe over the last 30 years. Japanese visitors’ enthusiasm and discriminating taste have influenced the whole of the European service economy. Attractions, hotels, and shops have all been … October 23, 2008
Tralliance Corporation and .travel announced as exclusive sponsor of ETOA annual workshop in London

Tralliance Corporation and .travel announced as exclusive sponsor of ETOA annual workshop in London

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - Tralliance Corporation and .travel has been announced as the first exclusive sponsor of the European Tour Operators Association’s (ETOA) annual workshop taking place November 7, 2008 in London. Drawing several hundred top executives, … October 20, 2008
Does being

Does being "green" work for consumers?

Over the last few decades, concern for the environment has soared up the political and business agenda. Today one can find a plethora of companies offering to offset carbon emissions ranging from non-profit organizations to ventures backed by high street … October 15, 2008
Inbound tourists go away and stay away for the Olympics

Inbound tourists go away and stay away for the Olympics

The European Tour Operators Association (ETOA) has published a report reinforcing the conclusions of a study it published two years ago that hosting the Olympic Games typically stalls tourism growth.Reports are coming in from China that newly built hotels … July 7, 2008
Are guides still gagged in Italy?

Are guides still gagged in Italy?

On Thursday 8th November, the European Tour Operators Association (ETOA) will hold a seminar to discuss the application of EU law to escorted tours. This year, all coach operations have been dramatically affected by the new drivers’ regulations, … November 2, 2007



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