The European Commission adopted a roadmap of 40 concrete initiatives for the next decade to build a competitive transport system that will increase mobility, remove major barriers in key areas and fuel growth and employment. At the same time, the proposals will dramatically reduce Europe's dependence on imported oil and cut carbon emissions in transport by 60% by 2050.
Over 27,000 randomly selected citizens aged 15 and over, were interviewed in February 2009 in the 27 EU Member States. For the first time the Commission has done such an extensive survey, which offers to all tourism stakeholders a wealth of information, presented analytically by country and demographic categories. At least 50% of EU citizens travel each year, in the majority of the EU countries this percentage is even higher, and nearly three-quarters of citizens take at least one trip per annum.
It seems another loaded deck of cards is going to be played against a member of the global distribution system community.
Christoph Klenner, Executive Secretary of ETTSA, was featured on Fast:Track, a BBC World News programme, in a debate about the transparency of air fares.
The association representing online travel agencies (OTAs) has restated its opposition to linking holiday elements booked at different times as a single Flight-Plus booking.
GDS companies and their representative associations are lashing out at IATA for spreading what they call “false representations and mischaracterizations” in an article in the IATA magazine, Airlines International.
Global distribution systems have hit back at criticism from airline body IATA after they were accused of being outdated and not useful to airlines.
IATA has come under fire from organisations representing GDSs in Europe and the US for painting a "fundamentally false" picture of the industry.
Euronews is announcing the launch of its travel and leisure website www.euronews.com/travel at the world's leading travel trade show, the ITB in Berlin.
These days, it's hard to imagine booking travel without leaving the comfort of your computer chair. But booking flights electronically is actually a relatively new invention, despite its ubiquitous presence nowadays.
GDS-powered distribution of travel product will be held up as the best way to offer travellers the choice and transparency they demand at this year's Travel Technology Europe show.
Global distribution systems are crunching and processing travel data at astonishing scales and speed, but travellers (and probably many in the industry) would not have any sense of how it is done.
Travel buyers have been warned that Google’s entry into business travel could lead to “biased” search results. Christoph Klenner, secretary general of the European Technology and Travel Services Association (ETTSA), gave the warning during the ITM conference in Manchester today.
"Airlines are missing out on crucial revenue because GDS owners have failed to offer enough innovation," according to IATA Director General, Tony Tyler. But the European Technology and Travel Services Association (ETTSA), the trade body representing GDSs, said these claims about a lack of innovation were “baseless”.
Airline association Iata will take a major step toward overturning the existing fare-distribution system if a vote among a group of about 30 airline representatives goes the way it wants...
The aviation industry is heading for a battle next year over how air travel is sold, as airlines push for a new approach to distribution that would allow them to personalise their offers to ticket-buyers and better distinguish their products from rivals...
ETTSA's Christoph Klenner outlines the importance of third-party distribution of rail fares.