The Schengen Agreement - allowing travellers in Europe to move across borders without passports - has come under a lot of scrutiny. It is widely portrayed as “broken” and simultaneously “about to fail”. But one, unremarked, area where the agreement has been of huge benefit is in the provision of a single visa for travellers coming to Europe.
The Icelandic government has published proposals to raise the value added tax (VAT) on accommodation, restaurant meals and attractions from 7.0% to 25.5% as of the 1st May 2013. This proposal more than trebles the tax on all those services that tourists need to purchase.
Following the resignation of John Penrose from the role of Tourism Minister in the United Kingdom, ETOA has learnt that there will no longer be a minister solely responsible for tourism as part of a downsizing exercise in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).
The Icelandic government has published proposals to raise the value added tax on accommodation, restaurant meals and attractions from seven per cent to 25.5 per cent as of the May 1st 2013. This proposal more than trebles the tax on all those services that tourists need to purchase.
The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the European Tour Operators Association (ETOA). The objective of the MoU is to enhance cooperation in the sharing of research, intelligence, information and the carrying out of joint lobbying and policy development activities.
The European Tour Operators Association has opened its seminar program for 2012 at the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel in Brussels. The focus was tourism to and from Russia, and if there was a thread that ran throughout the day, it was the issue of visas.
Russian ambassador-at-large to the European Union, Anwar Azimov, and the director general of home affairs at the European Commission, Stefano Manservisi, will both deliver keynote speeches at the forthcoming European Tour Operators Association Russian Seminar. The event will be held in Brussels on the February 6th.