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ABTA criticises government AHIC stance

ABTA criticises government AHIC stance

British travel group ABTA has criticised the government for failing to back the continuation of the European Health Insurance Card scheme following Brexit. At present, a valid EHIC gives UK citizens the right to access state-provided healthcare during a temporary stay in another European country.

Airlines for Europe endorses EU emissions proposals

Airlines for Europe endorses EU emissions proposals

The European Commission has presented its proposal to keep the scope of its emissions trading system to cover flights within the EU, known as Stop the Clock. This step follows the historic agreement reached by governments last year on a global scheme to address climate change as proposed by the United Nations aviation specialised agency, International Civil Aviation Organisation.

Two new European Capitals of Culture for 2017

Two new European Capitals of Culture for 2017

Aarhus and Pafos have taken up the title of European Capital of Culture for 2017. The cultural programme will officially begin on January 21st in Aarhus. The opening ceremony for Pafos 2017 will take place on January 28th, with Christos Stylianides, commissioner for humanitarian aid and crisis management, and Nicos Anastasiades, president of Cyprus in attendance.

UNWTO secretary general stresses EU links

UNWTO secretary general stresses EU links

During a recent visit to Brussels, Belgium, the secretary general of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation, Taleb Rifai, discussed how to reinforce the collaboration of the organisation with the European Union. Rifai met the EU commissioners for education, culture, youth and sports, Tibor Navracsics; for environment, maritime affairs and fisheries, Karmenu Vella; and for international cooperation and development, Neven Mimica.

Tourism bodies seek to quell consumer fears over Brexit

Tourism bodies seek to quell consumer fears over Brexit

With the peak travel season about to begin, British holidaymakers are set to discover the immediate effects of the vote to the Leave the European Union, with the pound falling and prices increasing abroad. ABTA has assured travellers that there will be no immediate change in European regulations in the face of the UK vote to exit the European Union, claiming: “People due to travel this summer will see little changes to their holiday.