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IFTTA Law Review 2-2016 available online

The IFTTA Law Review 2-2016 is now available online within the members area. It includes a report on the IFTTA North America Conference 2016 by Doug Crozier and an article on the Chinese influence on Tourism in Cuba by John H. Thomas. Enjoy reading!

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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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France: Court of Appeal affirms fine for price fixing in the leisure and tourism sector

In a decision of June 6, 2013, the Paris Court of Appeal upheld a decision of the French Competition Authority fining the Géfil trade association and ten consulting firms in the leisure, culture and tourism engineering sector a total amount of EUR 660.700 for having issued instructions to use “fair prices” and to avoid “dumping” and “price wars”. These instructions were found to have been used as a benchmark for price quotations filed by consulting firms in response to calls for tenders.

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Egypt: tourism minister sends message to travel industry via YouTube

The Egypt Tourist Authority released a YouTube video of Egyptian Tourism Minister Hisham Zaazou asking the travel industry to help lobby their governments to ease travel advisories and to assist Egypt's tourism recovery, which has been crippled by the country's ongoing political violence and unrest.

Source: Travel Weekly; find article here>>.

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Report on new tourism legislation in China

According to a report by, the Standing Committee of the 12th National People's Congress adopted a law on tourism in an effort to protect the rights of tourists and clear the way for the industry's sustainable development. Reportedly, the new law outlines measures to address key problems -- unfair competition, wanton price hikes, and forced goods purchases -- which have plagued the travel industry and aroused strong public discontent in China.

Find article here>>.

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UNWTO: International tourist arrivals grew by 4% in 2012 and are expected to continue to grow in 2013

International tourist arrivals grew by 4% in 2012 to reach 1.035 billion, according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. Emerging economies (+4.1%) regained the lead over advanced economies (+3.6%), with Asia and the Pacific showing the strongest results. Growth is expected to continue in 2013 only slightly below the 2012 level (+3% to +4%) and in line with UNWTO long term forecast.

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European Union: Public consultation of stakeholders on the "European Charter for Sustainable and Responsible Tourism"

In the framework of the implementation of Action 15 of the 2010 Commission Communication on tourism COM(2010)352: "The European Charter for Sustainable and Responsible Tourism", Tourism Policy Development Unit has launched a stakeholders consultation which is open till 20 April 2012. 

The consultation concerns the first draft text of the Charter as well as several possible open questions, assembled in the Questionnaire.

Find more information (Consultation Document) here>>.

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European Economic and Social Committee: opinion on tourism in Europe published

On 30 June 2010, the Commission decided to consult the European Economic and Social Committee, under Article 304 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, on the "Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions — Europe, the world's No 1 tourist destination — a new political framework for tourism in Europe" (COM(2010) 352 final).

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India: tiger reserves may ban tourists

Based on a recent petition filed by the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA), India's Supreme Court is to decide whether to accept proposals to shift tourists to "fringe" or "buffer zones" outside core tiger habitats in order to protect the endangered species. India, home to the world's largest number of wild tigers, attracts 17 million foreigners each year, granting more than USD 100 billion in revenues, according to tour group Travel Operators for Tigers.

Source: CNN