EVCOM welcomes Government support on package travel directive

EVCOM has welcomed Government backing for business exemption from the package travel directive.

Evcom welcomes Government support on package travel directive
Evcom welcomes Government support on package travel directive

Brian Kirsch, chairman of EVCOM's Regulation Committee, has welcomed the Government's response to the EU Commission Call for Evidence published on 5 September after the consultation ended last November.

Since the Package Travel Directive and Regulation (PTD) was introduced in 1997, EVCOM has held the position that transactions between event management companies and large corporate clients should not fall under the Package Travel Directive and Regulation (PTD), which have always been primarily concerned with consumer protection.

The Government consultation and response addresses a wide range of issues including financial protection and how a "package" should be defined.

Kirsch said: "The regulations are unfair and unreasonable for businesses operating in the travel sector, so this is encouraging news for the events sector – now we need the Government to persuade other EU member states of the merit of our case.

"Whilst there are still issues here for event management companies, if we can achieve our long-term goal of exempting big client contracts, most of these problems will go, too."

Summer EVCOM kicked off today (17 September) at London Olympia, with 200 delegates expected to attend the event throughout the day.

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