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Austrian Supreme Court: hotel liable for theft from safe in hotel room

The plaintiffs (a German couple) sued a Vienna 4 star hotel company for compensation of more than EUR 160.000 of valuables stolen from the safe in their hotel room. When they had asked at the reception where to keep their valuables, the receptionist had told them to use the safe in their room. This safe had to be locked and unlocked by a code of four numbers chosen by the plaintiffs. However, the safe could also be opened by using a 'mastercode'.

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UNWTO reports healthy growth of international tourism in first half of 2011

International tourism grew by almost 5% in the first half of 2011 totalling a new record of 440 million arrivals. Results confirm that, in spite of multiple challenges, international tourism continues to consolidate the return to growth initiated in 2010.

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UK: TripAdvisor under ASA scrutiny

Following a huge number of complaints by hotels that the travel website did not check its reviews and many of them were  misleading, fake or defamatory, TripAdvisor is to be investigated by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA).

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Portuguese court next to seek clarification of the "Sturgeon" judgement

On 8 July 2011, the Tribunal de Pequena Instância Cível de Lisboa (Portugal) lodged a reference for prelimiary ruling of the ECJ  questioning the "Sturgeon" judgement of the Court as follows:

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Spain: another reference for preliminary ruling concerning Reg. 261/2004

On 28 June 2011, Juzgado de lo Mercantil de A Coruña (Spain) lodged a reference for preliminary ruling of the ECJ with regard to the following question:

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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: