Package Travel Directive: major amendments are
needed to protect jobs and competitiveness!
Athens, 18 October 2013 –
HOTREC, the business association representing the European hospitality industry,
warned that the new rules proposed by the European Commission on package
holidays need major amendments to preserve jobs creation and competitiveness of
the European hospitality industry.
During HOTREC’s 67th General
Assembly, CEO’s and Presidents representing the hospitality sector in 27
different European countries agreed that the proposed extension of the scope
and obligations of the Package Travel Directive will considerably impact the
hospitality industry in Europe. "The new
Directive will result in significant divergences in the legal regime applicable
to different forms of hotel bookings and in substantial new costs for
hospitality businesses in Europe. Without major amendments, it will hurt both
the industry’s competitiveness and job creation in hospitality businesses” warned
Mr. Kent Nyström, President of HOTREC.
Indeed, many hospitality establishments
offering their services online risk being caught by the proposed expansion of
the scope and obligations of the Package Travel Directive, while the provisions
on the right to terminate the contract for packages including accommodation
will create confusion on the holiday market, as the same accommodation service sold
alone would not be subject to such right.
HOTREC therefore calls on the European
Parliament and on the Council to take into consideration its Position Paper on
the matter and to amend the Commission proposal accordingly, as the
competitiveness of one of the few industries that kept creating jobs during the
economic crisis is at stake.
HOTREC considers, in particular, that the new Directive
should clearly state that transport services ("carriage of passengers”) should
be the central element constituting a package in the meaning of the Directive.
Such amendment would allow hospitality businesses offering more packages,
creating more jobs, while providing no consumer detriment.
represents the hotel, restaurant and café industry at European level. This
industry includes around 1,8 million businesses, of which 99.5% are small and
medium sized enterprises (91% of them micro enterprises, i.e. employing fewer
than 10 people). These businesses make up some 60% of industry value added.
The hospitality industry provides more than 10 million jobs in the EU alone.
Together with the other tourism industries, the sector is the 3rd
largest industry in Europe.
brings together 44 national associations representing the sector in 27
different European countries.
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