Package travel: to be or not to be?

Becoming a package organiser or not: that is the question that comes to mind of hoteliers nowadays. While the paramount objective of the Package Travel Directive (PTD) was to enhance travellers’ protection, it created hurdles for hotels and impacted travellers’ experience. It’s now up for revision.

The PTD regulates pre-arranged package holidays and self-customised packages where travellers choose different elements from a single point of sale. It was revised in 2015 to reflect the development of online linked bookings. The COVID-19 pandemic and Thomas Cook bankruptcy unveiled issues relating to the application of the rules including insolvency costs.

HOTREC replied to the European Commission (EC) public consultation on 10 May. We support a targeted revision of the PTD to better reflect the specificities of hospitality businesses in Europe. We call in particular for a simplification of the scope, definitions and pre-contractual information obligations; an extension of the list of services sold with a simple hotel room without constituting a package; the maintaining of flexibility around pre-payments to manage no shows; and a needed reflection on the burden raised by insolvency protection requirements for small establishments.

As a member of the EC expert group, HOTREC will contribute to an evaluation study and impact assessment on a potential revision.

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12 Jan
12/01/2023    
11:00 - 12:00
Slides are accessible here: https://www.hotrec.eu/wp-content/uploads/2023/01/Presentation-HOTREC-workshop-on-PPWR-120123.pdf
7th Coordination Meeting Pact for Skills in Tourism
12/01/2023    
15:00 - 16:30
On 12 January 2023 took place another coordination meeting of the Pact for Skills.
19 Jan
19/01/2023    
All Day
HOTREC has joined the RESTWITHEU project focusing on challenges faced by the restaurant industry. First workshop will be held in Lyon on 19/01/2023.
Meeting with DG GROW - Tourism Unit & HOTREC
24/01/2023    
14:00 - 15:00
Main outcome of the meeting available
25 Jan
25/01/2023    
09:30 - 13:00
Hotel Le Chatelain, Brussels EXCOM Slides - 25 Jan. 2023 - NEW List of Participants Expense Claim Template for ExCom Members HOTREC Guidelines for reimbursement [...]
Info session - EU funding opportunities on trainings to be provided to third country nationals’ willing to work in the hospitality sector
26/01/2023    
11:00 - 12:00
Recording of the session; PowerPoint and general note of the meeting available!
Events on 19/01/2023
Events on 24/01/2023
Events on 25/01/2023