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Parliamentary questions
28 August 2017
E-005290-17
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 130
Theodoros Zagorakis (PPE)

 Subject:  Smooth operation of the tourism industry in the internal market
 Answer(s) 

Tourism and visitor numbers in most Member States change from month to month. As a result, prices naturally fluctuate according to supply and demand, as in any other branch of the economy.

This diversification, in cases such as mass hotel offers to tour operators, may create an environment of unfair competition. It has been noted that sudden ‘vacancies’ appear during the booking process, especially during the pre-booking period; this is in order indirectly to oblige hoteliers to offer cheaper tourist services over a longer period of time due to the risk of reduced occupancy.

There is, therefore, a risk that market conditions may be shaped solely by major tour operators, thus effectively regulating supply and demand trends according to the interests of the tourist branch, potentially at the expense of the other sectors and consumers.

Will the Commission say:
1. Is it aware of such cases? If so, how does it view them?
2. Has it taken any initiatives to boost tourism and ensure the proper functioning of the tourism industry for the benefit of all relevant industries and businesses as well as consumers in the context of the internal market? What is the situation for non-European companies?
Original language of question: EL 
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