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Galapagos: new regulations to effect cruise itineries

New rules from Ecuador's Galapagos National Park limiting the number of visitors to ecologically sensitive sites will ease stress on the native animals, and alter cruise ship schedules. The regulations, which take effect Feb. 1, directly involve the 50 cruise companies that operate in the marine park. The new system forbids ships from visiting most island sites more than once in a 14-day period.

Source: USA today; find article here>>.

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USA: DOT fines JetBlue for deceptive pricing

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) fined JetBlue Airways USD 50,000 for violating federal aviation laws and the Department’s rules prohibiting deceptive price advertising in air travel.

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IFTTA Law Review 2-2011 online

The second edition of our new "IFTTA Law Review" is now available in the members area of the website. It contains the following articles:

  • Message of the Co-Presidents - Harry Manuel, Michael Wukoschitz
  • Policy and Technical Issues regarding including of Dynamic Packages in the Package Travel Directive - Marc McDonald
  • Case: U.S. Department of Transportation, Consent Order of 17.6.2011 - Deutsche Lufthansa, Docket 2011-0003

Enjoy reading!

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The Netherlands contribute another reference for preliminary ruling challenging the "Sturgeon judgement"

The Dutch Rechtbank Breda on June 27, 2011 lodged a reference for preliminary ruling of the ECJ with regard to the following questions:

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Austria: first reference for ECJ preliminary ruling regarding rail passenger rights

The Austrian "Schienen-Control Kommission Wien" has filed a reference for preliminary ruling of the ECJ with regard to the following questions:

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Austrian Constitutional Court: no state liability for alledgedly false application of the Package Travel Directive

The plaintiff (a lawyer) initially had sued a tour operator for mal-performance of a package travel contract. The claim had been dismissed by all instances as courts had held that the plaintiff had booked accomodation in a Dubai city hotel with half board and a shuttle service to the beach - and had exactly got what he had booked. It had to be regarded obvious that a city hotel could not offer the same amenities with regard to duration and flexibility of staying at the beach like a hotel directly situated there.

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USA: new airline passenger protection rules took effect Aug. 23

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) said new consumer protections for airline passengers are now effect starting Aug. 23. The new rules include

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German court regards 'automatic' inclusion of cancellation insurance to flight ticket price illegal

German Oberlandesgericht Jena recently held that it was an illegal trade practice to autmaticly include a cancellation insurance to the ticket price during the online booking process. Such practice would deceive the average consumer even if he had the option to avoid the inclusion of the insurance by unclicking the related tickbox. The deceptive practice would also violate EU Regulation 1008/2008 on on common rules for the operation of air services in the Community.

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A tax windfall for airlines

A tax windfall for airlines

It's not like the Internal Revenue Service to forgive and forget, especially when it comes to uncollected taxes.

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Albania's Impressive Tourism Statistics

Albania's tourism industry continues to impress, with a record number of visitors crossing the border this weekend, according to a report in regional news portal Balkans.com on August 8 2011.  According to the report, some 57,255 people entered the country over the weekend, with the main activity recorded at the Morine crossing bordering Kosovo, where some 22,000 people entered on one day.

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