24 September - 25 september 2024
Vienna - Austria

35th IFTTA Conference

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Vienna University, Vienna, Austria


24 September 2024


25 September 2024

Austria and Vienna

Vienna, the enchanting capital of Austria, is a city steeped in history, culture, and architectural splendor. Renowned for its imperial palaces, classical music heritage, and vibrant arts scene, Vienna seamlessly blends the grandeur of the past with the dynamism of the present. Visitors can explore iconic landmarks such as the Schönbrunn Palace, St. Stephen's Cathedral, and the Vienna State Opera. The city’s rich cultural tapestry is complemented by its renowned coffee houses, exquisite cuisine, and lush green spaces like the Prater Park. As a hub of innovation and creativity, Vienna offers an inspiring backdrop for our conference, inviting attendees to experience the unique charm and intellectual spirit that define this remarkable city.

Vienna University

The University of Vienna, established in 1365, is one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in Europe. Known for its commitment to academic excellence and research innovation, it offers a diverse range of programs across numerous disciplines. The university boasts a vibrant intellectual community, attracting scholars and students from around the globe. Its historic campus features stunning architecture and state-of-the-art facilities, providing an inspiring environment for learning and collaboration. As a leading institution in the heart of Vienna, it plays a crucial role in the city’s cultural and scientific landscape, making it a fitting host for our conference.

The IFTTA conference takes place in the Ceremonial Hall of the Main University building.

Conference organizers

This conference is organised by the Vienna University, faculty of Tourism & Law in cooperation with IFTTA.

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Helmut Ofner, LL.M.
Academic Director
Mag. Angela George
Program coordinator


IFTTA Annual Conference

The 35th IFTTA Annual Conference shall be taking place in Vienna, Austria, and it is set for Tuesday 24 September and Wednesday 25 September 2024. The conference will be held in the Main Ceremonial Hall in the main building of the University of Vienna (Address Universitätsring 1, Vienna). See the red arrow on the map which you can download here. Further information and more details with regard to the Conference, registration and participation will be published on this page.

Speakers: Current known speakers presenting a paper are listed on this page. If you would like to present a paper, kindly inform IFTTA at hello@iftta.org and we will try to integrate this in one of the sessions.so that we could start planning the agenda of speakers.

Accommodation: There are several hotels suggested by the conference organisation, which are all nearby the university conference location. Bookings must be made by you directly at the hotel or using your travel agent. Hotel costs are excluded from the conference fee. The conference negotiated special rates with some of these hotel, which are only available if you book directly at the hotel. Please note the rate remarks for each hotel how to book or identify yourself as a conference attendee.

  • Hotel Vienna Plaza *****
    Modern 5 star hotel, 500m walking distance of the conference venue. Double or twin room incl. breakfast and VAT EUR 250 per night. from 23SEP until 27SEP, 4 nights. Book before 23AUG2024. IFTTA blocked several rooms for this rate. If you prefer a shorter stay, contact the hotel directly referring to the IFTTA special rate (group code 93A). Free cancellation until 16SEP2024. For booking 4 nights please use the link.
  • Hotel Stefanie ****
    Historic 4-star hotel, 2km walking distance from the conference venue. Single room from EUR 167 p/n (average) or double room EUR 228 p/n (average), including breakfast and VAT. More luxury rooms available (see website). Flexible rate with free cancellation until 20SEP2024. For booking online (incl. 10% discount) you can use the link or apply the discount code IFTTA20240923. 
  • Motel One Wien Prater ***
    Modern design hotel, 4km from the conference venue. Double room ("The One") with queen or king size bed incl. breakfast and VAT from EUR 120 p/n. Room rate with free cancellation until 22SEP2024.
  • Motel One Wien Westbahnhof ***
    Modern design hotel, 3,5km from the conference venue. Double room ("The One") with queen or king size bed incl. breakfast and VAT from EUR 120 p/n. Room rate with free cancellation until 22SEP2024.
  • Magdas Hotel Vienna City ***
    A social business vintage and design hotel, 3km from the conference venue. Double or twin room from EUR 127. Conditions apply, room upon availability. Please make your inquiries and bookings by e-mail to booking@magdas.at stating booking / special rate reference IFTTA.

Flights: There are many direct flights to Vienna or with one or multiple stops. Please consult the airline or your travel agent for the best schedules and fares. You need to book the flights well in advance. Costs for flights are excluded.

Excursion: On the second day we offer a visit to the Vienna Fine Art Museum which is located appr. 1km south of the main building of Vienna University (admission included in the conference fee).

Attending the conference?

We encourage anyone who is interested in travel and tourism law to attend this years IFTTA annual conference to share be updated in the latest developments in travel and tourism law, exchange ideas, tips and other information.

Book your hotel and your trip to Vienna.
Download, complete and submit the conference registration form to hello@iftta.org.
Make sure that you comply with all passport and (if any) visa requirements.

Ask your travel agent or check your requirements on the IATA Travel Centre

35th IFTTA Annual Conference Registration Form
35th IFTTA Annual Conference Registration Form

IFTTA Conference Schedule

Please be advised that the program and speakers may change.

Monday 23 September 2024
15:00-17:00 IFTTA Board Meeting (IFTTA directors only)
13:00 IFTTA Board Meeting (Part I)
15:00 Coffee break
15.30  IFTTA Board meeting (Part II)

Day 1

Tuesday 24 September 2024
09:00-09:30 Registration
09:30-10:30 Panel I - Opening
09:30 Opening Remarks by Univ.-Prof. Dr. Helmut Ofner, LL.M.
09:35 IFTTA President’s Welcome Speech, Dr. Jacqueline Tanti Dougall
09:40 State Secretary Susanne Kraus-Winkler
09:50 Chamber of Commerce Austria, Robert Seeber
10:00 UNWTO, Alicia Gomez
10:30-11:00 Coffee break
11:00-13:00 Panel II - Package Travel Directive
11:00 Package Travel – from a Simple Concept to Increasing Complexity, Michael Wukoschitz
11:20 The Current Fight (Not) to Change the PTD, Klara Dvorakova
11:40 Package travel and new technologies: rethinking the legal concept, Antonia Paniza
12:00 Current case law of the PTD, Ansgar Staudinger
12:20 PTD in the UK. Interpretation of the PTD through case law and in the light of recent EU amendments, Stephen Mason
13:00-14:00 Lunch break (costs not included)
14:00-16:15 Panel III - Economic perspectives and sustainability
14:00 The Austrian Hotel- and Tourism Bank (OeHT), Matthias Matzer
14:20 Green Transition and Protection of Travellers, Andrej Micovic
14:40 The Protection of the Tourist and the Code, Julio Facal
15:00 Legal Issues of Dealing with the Internet Trolls, Laurence Gore
15:20 The EU passenger mobility package and sustainability - a critical review, Klaus Tonner
15:40 The field of travel and tourism in the Science of law. Epistemology, Maria Goretti
16:00 Legal Aspects of Food and Beverage Management in Hospitality, Carmit Baron
16:20 Q & A (until 16:45)
16:45-19:30 No program.
19:30 Gala dinner

Day 2

Wednesday 25 September 2024
09:00-11:00 Panel IV - Aviation Law and Passenger Rights Regulation
  09:00 Current legal issues deriving from EU regulations,  Günther Ofner
  09:30 The impact of online platforms on the Aviation Industry, Lukas Pinterits
  10:00 Interlining and other forms of cooperation in the Aviation Industry, Mag. Martina Flitsch
  10:30 Q & A
11:00-12:30 Lunch break (costs not included)
12:30-14:30 Panel V - National regulations of travel and hospitality
  12:30 Welcome to the United States: What foreign travel companies need to know! Jeff Ment
  12:50 A very warm welcome to Canada: What foreign companies need to know! Timothy J. Law
  13:10 The Role of Budgeting and Budgetary Controls in the Financial Performance of the Tourism and Hospitality Industry in Ghana, Joseph Kofi Nkuah
  13.30 Legal Aspects of Adventure Tourism and safety in the first place, Ana Paula Satcheki
  13.50 A Legal Proision of Hotel Industry of Nepal and Challenges of Industries of Nepal, Ghanendra Shrestha
14:10-14:45 Questions and Closing Speech
14:45-16:30 No program
16:30-18:00 Tour at the Museum of Fine Arts
  16:30 Meet at departure point of the tour (location t.b.a.)
  16:45 Tour at the Museum of Fine Arts (“Kunsthistorisches Museum”)
18:00-20:00 IFTTA Annual General Meeting (IFTTA-members only)
  18:00 IFTTA AGM (Part I)
  18:30 Coffee Break
  19:00 IFTTA AGM (Part II)

Our speakers

Information may be added continuously

If you are also interested in presenting a paper during the IFTTA World International Conference, please send the details of your paper to our president or hello@iftta.org.

IFTTA 35th Wordwide Conference Vienna