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Russia to become Member of the Montreal Convention

 Federal Law No. 52-FZ, published on April 4, 2017 will make Russia part of the Convention for the Unification of Certain Rules for International Carriage by Air 1999 (Montreal Convention). The relevant amendments to the Russian Air Code are made by a separate Bill No. 28636-7.

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Government draft for the implementation of the new EU Package Travel Directive in Austria

On Feb. 28, 2017 the Austrian Federal Ministy of Justice has published its draft for the implementation of the EU Package Travel Directive 2015/2302. Instead of the current provsions related to package travel in the Consumer Protection Act, there will be a separate Package Travel Act (Pauschalreisegesetz - PRG). This seems reasonable as the protection provided by the Directive is not limited to consumers only.

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EU Commission adopts proposals to simplify and improve passenger ship safety rules

The European Commission has adopted a number of legislative proposals to simplify and improve the common rules on safety of ships carrying passengers in EU waters. The update is a response to lessons learnt, including from accidents, and technological developments. It will, among others, allow immediate access of competent authorities to relevant data in case of emergency ensuring that search and rescue operations can be dealt with more effectively.

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Argentina: new law requires airlines to provide gluten-free meals

According to a new Argentinian law (27,196), airlines are amongst institutions which must offer at least one gluten-free food choice. The law declares early detection, diagnosis and treatment of coeliac disease and access to gluten-free food a matter of national interest.

Source: Article by Elizabeth Mireya Freidenberg, published on http://www.internationallawoffice.com

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Travel Directive 2015/2302/EU published

The new Directive on package travel and linked travel arrangements has been published in the Offical Journal of the European Union today.

 

Tthe Travel Directive has the number 2015/2302/EU

OJ 2015 L 326/1

 

According to Article 28 it has to be implemented by the member states by Jan 1, 2018 and to be applied by July 1, 2018

Available in all official languages here:

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=OJ:L:2015:326:TOC

 

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European Parliament adopts new Travel Directive

European Parliament has just adopted the new Travel Directive thereby the legislative procedure is completed!


24+6 months for implementation after publication in the OJ

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/news-room/content/20151022IPR98799/html/MEPs-adapt-package-travel-rules-to-the-digital-age

 

* The text of the new Travel Directive can be found here (final version adopted by Council: 9173/3/15 REV 3)

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Nevada: Seller of travel registration law repealed following six-year suspension

Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval signed a bill  on June 10, 2015 repealing a law, that for decades, required all travel agencies doing business with Nevada consumers to register, maintain trust accounts and support a consumer recovery fund. Prior to the repeal, the Nevada legislature instituted three suspensions of the seller-of-travel law (NRS 598.305 - 598.395) for two-year periods beginning in 2009. 

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Thailand: new International Carriage by Air Act

Thailand which is not a party of the Montreal Convention yet has adopted a new  International Carriage by Air Act to come into force on May 14, 2015. The Act will apply to domestic and international carriage by air and will replace the application of the Thai Civil and Commercial Code to aviation cargo and passenger claims. It intends to approximate national law to the Montreal Convention of 1999 inter alia by introducing liability limits and a two years limitation period. An English translation of the Thai International Carriage by Air Act B.E.

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Singapore: new regulation on tourist guides

According to the Singapore Tourism Board Act which came into force Oct. 7, 2014, tourist guides have to be licenced by the Singapore Tourism Board. Licenced tourist guides receive a tourist guide badge. Actiing as a tourist guide without a valid  licence is regarded an offence with a penalty of up to S$5,000 for the first offence and and upt to S$10,000 for the second or any subsequent offence. Any use of the services of an unlicensed guide is also regarded an offence with the same fines.

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Travel firms urged make costs more transparent for travellers

Travel companies need to ensure their customers have consented to all additional payments added to the price of their holiday, to ensure compliance with the new Consumer Contracts Regulations, which came into force in the UK on 13 June 2014.

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