ECTAA joins the appeal of the profession to European leaders and the European Commission to agree on a common approach in setting travel restrictions and testing passengers
Every day, we obey new restrictions on movement that significantly reduce our ability to travel across borders. Such restrictions - especially self-isolation measures - are in fact tantamount to closing borders, and have a huge impact on people's lives, our societies and the global economy.. Some governments impose strict restrictions on the movement of European citizens from one member state to another, which is often reckless and ultimately detrimental to the European economy. - highlighted in a recent joint statement by CER (Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies), Copa-Cogeca-e (European farmers and agri-companies), Eurochambres (Association Of European Chambers of Commerce and Industry), EuroCommerceAssociation of Retail and Wholesale Trading Companies), SME United (Association of Crafts and SME Companies) and UETR (European Road Haulers Association).
Tourism and the tourism industry are among the hardest hit, but businesses from all industries are also under attack.
ECTAA: Europe urgently needs a common approach to travel restrictions and testing
ECTAA (European Association of National Associations of Travel Agencies and Tour Operators) joins the calls of various stakeholders in the field to warn that Europe must act in a coordinated way when it comes to travel restrictions.
ECTAA points out that we need a quick adoption of the proposal Recommendation for the coordination of travel restrictions which includes common risk assessment criteria and a common color coding / mapping system for marked risk areas.
"European political leaders need to act immediately, because we are very close to the collapse of both tourism and the tourism industry, which will have a negative effect on all other sectors of the economy. ” pointed out Pawel Niewiadomski, President of ECTAA.
Also, the sector strongly supported the call to replace the obligation of self-isolation with the obligation of testing. ECTAA strongly supports the proposal of the three A4E air transport stakeholders (Airlines for Europe), ACI-e (Airports Council International) and IATA (International Air Transport Association), on an EU-wide testing protocol (EU- Testing Protocol for Travel).
This would replace the obligation of self-isolation with pre-departure testing from high-risk areas in the EU / Schengen area as well as from third countries. The Protocol builds on the risk assessment and color coding criteria contained in the above-mentioned proposal for a Recommendation.
ECTAA brings together national associations of travel agencies and tour operators from Europe and represents about 70.000 entrepreneurs who provide consulting, transportation and accommodation services in the segment of tourist and business travel.
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