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EU: Commission refers Germany to Court over VAT rules for travel agents

The European Commission has decided to refer Germany to the Court of Justice of the European Union for its failure to properly apply the special value added tax (VAT) scheme for travel agents, as provided for in the VAT Directive (Council Directive 2006/112/EC). The scheme aims to simplify and amend the VAT rules applicable to travel agencies selling travel packages within the EU. It is obligatory for all travel agents to apply the scheme, provided the conditions required in the Directive are met.

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CJEU decides on admissiblity of capping discounts in online travel bookings

Eturas is the holder of exclusive rights to, and administrator of, the E-TURAS system, a common online travel booking system in Lithuania. It allows travel agencies which have acquired by contract an operating licence from Eturas to offer travel bookings for sale on their websites, through a uniform presentation method determined by Eturas.

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IFTTA Law Review 1-2015 available online

The IFTTA Law Review 1-2015 has been uploaded to the members' area of the IFTTA website. It contains articles on the European Passenger Rights Regulations (Tobias Eberharter), the Israeli experience with the cancellation of airline commissions to travel agents (Dov Kolani) and the issue of forseeable hazards in the toursim legislative framework (Jacqueline Tanti Dougall). Enjoy reading.

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Australia to abolish travel agents licensing

Travel Agents Repeal Bills were introduced into parliament on 13 November 2013 (Victoria) and on

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ECJ: the special VAT scheme for travel agents is not limited to sales of travel services to travellers

The European Commission brought a series of infringement proceedings against eight Member States for failure to comply with their obligations under the directive 2006/112/EC on the common system of value added tax. The actions relate to the special scheme for travel agents.

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USA: DOT releases guidance for Internet flight-search tools

According to an article published in "Travel Pulse", the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has released a guidance document for travel agencies that operate Internet flight-search tools on how these agencies should disclose the carriers they do not market in their search results. In particular, DOT will consider it an unfair practice to simply report that “no flight exists that matches” the consumer’s criteria, when in reality the flight does exist, but the agency does not offer it. DOT has provided a 90-day window, starting Aug.

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Germany: court decides that airline can ban OTA from access to its booking website

The plaintiff, an Irish low cost carrier, exclusively sells tickets through its own website or its call center in order to keep the fares low and avoid customers being charged with any service fees by third parties. To book a flight on the website it is required to accept the carrier's General Condtions of Contract. These General Condtions of Contract explicitly exclude travel agents or other professional sellers from booking.

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Travel Agent Arbiter in US Digitizes all substantive decisions

The US Travel Agent Arbiter has completed his project to Digitize all substantive decisions with key words such as “reasonable care” or “fiduciary duties”.  They are available from the TAAP Hqs  at 9401 Battle St, Manassas, Va USA   20110  or by phone  703-530-9002.

Reported to IFTTA by Al Anolik

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Austria: reference for ECJ preliminary ruling on Brussels I-Regulation

The plaintiffs, both Austrian residents domiciled in Bludesch (Austrian Province of Vorarlberg), had booked a holiday package to Egypt organized by an Austrian tour operator located in Vienna. The booking was made online through the website of a German travel agency. By mistake of either the tour operator or the travel agency, they were booked to a different (but similary named) hotel than they had actually chosen. They filed a law suit against both, the travel agency and the tour operator, before their local court in Vorarlberg.

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