Towards a reform of EU law on package travel

05-08-2013

The tourist sector is an important part of the EU's economy, generating 10% of its GDP. The internet and the rise of low-cost airlines have changed both business approaches and consumer behaviour patterns. Instead of traditional pre-arranged packages, many tourists now either combine the different elements of their holidays themselves or purchase customised packages. In July 2013, the Commission presented a proposal for a new Directive on package travel and assisted travel arrangements. It is aimed at adapting the legal framework to the challenges of the digital era. The European Parliament has supported the idea of reforming the law on package travel in two resolutions.

The tourist sector is an important part of the EU's economy, generating 10% of its GDP. The internet and the rise of low-cost airlines have changed both business approaches and consumer behaviour patterns. Instead of traditional pre-arranged packages, many tourists now either combine the different elements of their holidays themselves or purchase customised packages. In July 2013, the Commission presented a proposal for a new Directive on package travel and assisted travel arrangements. It is aimed at adapting the legal framework to the challenges of the digital era. The European Parliament has supported the idea of reforming the law on package travel in two resolutions.