October 2011

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UNWTO: Mexico chosen for Executive Council

During the 19th General Assembly of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Mexico was unanimously selected for a seat on the Executive Council of the World Tourism Organization. As a member of the Executive Council, Mexico will help lead the more than 150 member nations in creating policies that promote investment, employment, and foreign exchange.

Source: Marca Pais - Imagen de Mexico

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Florida: Miami Federal District Court denies preliminary injunction to be reinstated as hotel operator

Excerpt from the court's opinion:

One of the Plaintiffs, FHR TB, LLC (“Fairmont”), manages hotels as the agent for the owners of the hotels. The other Plaintiff, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts (U.S.) Inc. (“FHRUSI”), owns Fairmont. Both Plaintiffs seek a preliminary injunction reinstating Fairmont as the manager of Defendant’s hotel in Aventura, Florida. Defendant, TB Isle Resort, LP (“Turnberry”) built and operated the hotel in the 1970s , later repurchasing it and contracting with Fairmont to manage it on a long-term basis, under a hotel management agreement (“HMA”).

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USA: proposed bill to require travel websites to list health risks of travel destinations

A proposed Senate bill would require online travel-service providers to provide detailed information about the health and safety services provided at each advertised destination. The bill would also require website operators to display pertinent Department of State travel warnings on each destination.

The bill would require website operators to request that on-site information if it is not readily available, and if no information is provided, they would have to say specifically.

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LTTL-Forum Conference: EU Passenger Law – Towards 2020

Leuven Travel & Transport Law-Forum

LTTL-Forum Conference: EU Passenger Law – Towards 2020

Tuesday, 6 December 2011, Leuven (Belgium)


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USA: airline's motion for summary judgement in trip and fall case denied

When the plaintiff made his way to join a line of passengers at the gate at Schiphol airport for boarding a KLM flight, he tripped over a low lying metal bar similar in color to the floor and fell.  The plaintiff alleged in his complaint that he sustained a fractured elbow as a result of the fall and that, under the Montreal Convention, KLM was liable for USD 3 million in damages.

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USA: DOT fines Orbitz for violating price advertising rules

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) on Oct. 17, 2011 fined the online ticket agent Orbitz USD 60,000 for violating federal aviation laws and the Department’s rules prohibiting deceptive price advertising in air travel. For a period of time in early 2011, Orbitz’s homepage displayed advertisements that did not provide any information on additional taxes and fees.

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ECJ Advocate General delivers opinion on EU Emissions Trading Scheme

The EU Emissions Trading Scheme Directive (2003/87/EC) established a scheme for greenhouse gas emission trading within the European Union. In 2008 the European Parliament and the European Council adopted the EU Aviation Emissions Trading Scheme Directive (2008/101/EC) to bring aviation activities within the scope of the EU scheme. Under the latter directive, from January 1 2012, all aircraft that arrive or depart from EU airports will be subject to a cap on their carbon dioxide emissions.

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Irish High Court confirms exclusivity of Montreal Convention with respect to international air carriage

On the 12th March, 2008, the plaintiff, a businessman and resides at Cullion, Dungloe in the County of Donegal, was travelling with Aer Lingus from Dublin to Vilnius, Lithuania on flight EI 396 which departed Dublin at 15:15 in the afternoon. At the beginning of the flight the plaintiff asked the third named defendant (a flight attendant) to provide him with four alcoholic drinks. This request was refused and the plaintiff informed that only two alcoholic drinks could be provided at any one time.

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Scottish Legislation to Tackle Football Sectarianism

The report at Stage 2 on the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Bill was published on 6 October 2011. It had been introduced to the Scottish Parliament on 16 June 2011 and it was subsequently agreed that it would be considered as an emergency bill.

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Germany: yet another reference for preliminary ruling challenging "Sturgeon"

In a reference for a preliminary ruling from the Landgericht Köln lodged on 5 August 2011 the ECJ is asked the following question:

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