European alliance in talks to firm up remit

European incentive travel associations have firmed up their commitment to the fledgling alliance launched in Paris in January (CIT, February 2003). Representative bodies from the UK, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy and Spain met again at EIBTM last month under the auspices of the European Incentive Associations Forum. The forum identified common interests and sought to benchmark activities and services. The areas under discussion were VAT, taxation, client contracts, insurance, supplier arrangements and European issues. ITMA executive director Charles Robinson said the meeting had been constructive but that finding common ground at a European level could prove challenging. “Ultimately, we have to protect the interests of our members first. We have to accept that there will be areas of difference and areas of commonality, and we should focus on those.” However, Robinson remains sure a European body would be more effective at lobbying Brussels. Although the alliance is still an informal gathering at this stage, Robinson said moves to constitute a proper association could be completed by the end of the year. The group next meets in September

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