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Tourism industry reacts with dismay at prospect of funding cut

LONDON, England - Inbound tour operators have reacted with dismay at rumours that VisitBritain, the government agency responsible for promoting the UK as a tourist destination is to suffer further cut

ETOA and Athens collaborate to boost tourism

The European Tour Operators Association (ETOA) and the city of Athens are joining forces to stimulate tourism to the capital of Greece, often referred to as the ‘cradle of Western civilization’.

Voice your opinion about visa situation

In 2010, ETOA ran an extensive survey on Schengen, UK, and Ireland visa processing in origin markets across the globe.

New regulations for headsets in the Vatican Museums

ETOA has been informed that the regulations for the use of headsets in the Vatican Museums are to change as of January 2, 2013. Groups will not be permitted to use their own headsets.

GEM expands with new attendees

Registrations for the Global European Marketplace (GEM12) now stands ahead of last year’s record numbers.

Olympic tourism performance in London earns gold

Tom Jenkins, Executive Director of the European Tour Operators Association, said: “It is important to emphasize how well London is doing compared with other Olympic Games, and what good news there i

Barcelona and Amsterdam coach plans: a tale of two cities

Barcelona City Council has imposed coach restrictions around the Sagrada Familia in the face of calls from the local tourism sector for more consultation and time to consider the plans.

Momentum taking off for ETOA City Fair 2012

In just five weeks, City Fair 2012, organized by the European Tour Operators Association (ETOA), will take place in London with more than 60 buyer companies attending the workshop for the first time.

UK visa issues making Britain unattractive

On Tuesday May 15 at 11:00 am, the UK’s Immigration Minister, Damian Green, appeared before the British parliament’s Home Affairs Committee to answer questions about queues at passport control in

Barcelona coach plan comes under scrutiny

Following an open letter to the Ajuntament (City Hall) of Barcelona regarding tour coaches in the city, the European Tour Operators Association (ETOA) took part in a meeting there on Tuesday, April 24

VisitBritain chairman quells London Olympic myths and mysteries

eTN: I have been talking to UK tour operators, and the sentiment is that they feel that London hoteliers might be shooting themselves in the foot by overpricing and room blocking.

ETOA supports research on tour coaches in Barcelona

The European Tour Operators Association sent an open letter to the Barcelona City Council (Ajuntament de Barcelona), shared here:

ETOA launches survey about visa processing

ETOA opened its seminar program for 2012 at the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel in Brussels on the February 6.

Opportunities and challenges for tourism between Russia and rest of Europe

Russian Ambassador-at-Large to the EU, Anwar Azimov, and the Director General of Home Affairs at the European Commission, Stefano Manservisi, will both deliver keynote speeches at ETOA’s forthcoming

Take part in a survey of the visa process

ETOA is currently running a short snapshot survey of the Schengen visa process in five major origin markets: China, India, Indonesia, Russia, and South Africa.

Tour operators predict US travelers will return to Europe in growing...

Despite the downward revision of the country's economic growth forecast, US tour operators predict US travelers will return to Europe in growing numbers.

Prospects for US outbound travel to Europe

As the global economic situation remains volatile and the demographic make-up of the USA alters, we can expect changes in the way Americans travel. But what form will these changes take?

Registrations for Global European Marketplace up 15 percent

GEM11 is the annual members-only event organized by the European Tour Operators Association (ETOA) at which tour operator buyers sit down for a series of pre-scheduled meetings with a wide range of su

European Tour Operators speak out on problems with travel visa

The European Tour Operators Association (ETOA) will be releasing new research on September 13 at the opening of its Markets of the 21st Century Seminar in Switzerland, the latest in the Origin Markets

European Tour Operators Association holds travel meeting in Venice

The European Tour Operators Association (ETOA) held a meeting on August 23 with the assessors in charge of tourism and transport in Venice.

Ground-breaking hotel ID scheme

Travel Technology Initiative (TTI) together with the European Tour Operators Association (ETOA) are set to launch a revolutionary new hotel identification service.

ETOA and UKinbound join forces with VisitBritain

The European Tour Operators Association (ETOA) and UKinbound have joined forces with VisitBritain to deliver a unique business-to-business event in 2012.

Europe expecting more visitors from Japan this summer

Following the tragic events of March 2011 in Japan, ETOA surveyed its members working there and is pleased to report that the responses show that business is recovering well and the summer promises do

An Olympic bubble

As a Brit, living close to London, I am incredibly excited by the prospect of the Olympics coming to me.

European tour operators address concerns with commissioner

On Monday, June 20, the European Tour Operators Association (ETOA) raised tourism concerns with Antonio Tajani, Vice President of the European Commission (EC) and the Commissioner in charge of Industr

Hotel tax vote in Venice postponed

Following scenes of protest, walkouts by certain councillors, and ultimately a lack of quorum, the debate and vote on Venice’s proposed accommodation tax was delayed on Monday evening (June 20).

Participation of European Commissioner welcomed at London City Fair

The European Tour Operators Association (ETOA) is pleased to announce that Antonio Tajani, Vice President of the European Commission and European Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship, will a

Fueling a recovery in European tourism

With less than four weeks to go until the first ever City Fair, over 80 destinations from 23 different European countries and 130 buyers are attending what promises to be a very busy and productive wo

European Tour Operators Association asks where hotel tax dollars will go

Various hotel associations and other representatives of the travel industry were told in a special meeting yesterday with city authorities that Florence (Italy) plans to introduce an accommodation tax

Ireland reforms travel visa requirements

Since last year, the European Tour Operators Association (ETOA) has been calling for an overhaul of the Irish visa regime, whereby visitors who require a visa for the UK also needed to obtain a separa