ECTAA wants a single ticket to cover train, coach and air

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The European Forum for Organized Tourism, which was held in Tallin, Italy under the aegis of the European Union wants transport connectivity and intramodality and regarded it as a success factor for the European tourism sector but from the perspective of a travel agency, much has yet to be done to ensure multimodal door-to-door transport.

Merike Hallik, President of ECTA, the European Association of advents and tour operators, underlined that better connectivity and intramodality are key elements for travel and tourism. In fact, more than 70,000 travel agents and tour operators in Europe are facing increasing demand from consumers for a door to door trip package by purchasing a single document that includes all modes of transport, preferably in a single booking and with a single payment.

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The operational role of European travel agents starts with a very simple statement: while liberalization in air transport and the progressive liberalization of the rail transport market have greatly improved connectivity in Europe through greater choice, with more accessible routes and transport services, consumer expectations are not yet fully met.

There are, in fact, multimodal travel planning services but they  are fragmented and unconnected: In a nutshell, we are still far from unified bookings and payments for combined transport services.

Specifically said, the basis for this policy is healthy competition in the transport market and key players to help develop multimodal services. ”

ECTAA, therefore, reiterates that the travel industry needs a regulatory framework that enhances connectivity, not only in Europe but also in important other tourism markets, and thus enables the development of multimodal transport services such as ‘access to tariffs, even to  third-party distribution channel.

Mario is a veteran in the travel industry. His experience extends worldwide since 1960 when at the age of 21 he started exploring Japan, Hong Kong, and Thailand. Mario has seen the World Tourism develop up to date and witnessed the destruction of the root/testimony of the past of a good number of countries in favor of modernity/progress. During the last 20 years Mario's travel experience has concentrated in South East Asia and of late included the Indian Sub Continent. Part of Mario's work experience includes multi activities in the Civil Aviation field concluded after organizing the kik off of for Malaysia Singapore Airlines in Italy as an Institutor and continued for 16 years in the role of Sales /Marketing Manager Italy for Singapore Airlines after the split of the two governments in October 1972. Mario's official Journalist license is by the "National Order of Journalists Rome, Italy in 1977.