European Tourism Association AISBL

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Lobbying Costs


Financial year: Jan 2021 - Dec 2021

Lobbyists (Full time equivalent)

0.25 Fte (1)

Lobbyists with EP accreditation


High-level Commission meetings


Lobbying Costs over the years

  • Info

    European Tourism Association AISBL   (ETOA)

    EU Transparency Register

    155317830583-03 First registered on 06 Mar 2018

    Goals / Remit

    The purpose of the Association is:
    • to increase awareness and understanding of the socio-economic importance of European travel and tourism;
    • to contribute to the sustainable development, training, research, and promotion of tourism in Europe;
    • to act as a forum that brings together diverse sectors and stakeholders of European tourism to share knowledge and experience, discuss issues of mutual concern and facilitate cooperation;
    • to encourage an efficient liaison with the European Commission and maintain a channel of mutual communication and information on European Union legislation and actions;
    • to act as a permanent consultative body for the European Commission and other international institutions and organisations;
    • to maintain permanent relationships with relevant European and other international institutions and organisations concerned with tourism in the public and private sectors;
    • to support the common interests of members toward (...)

    Main EU files targeted

    Legislation that has or might have an impact on tourism in Europe, including:
    - legal competence in relation to tourism and its business environment
    - indirect taxation (within EU and its sources markets selling EU product)
    - visa facilitation
    - single market / digital single market
    - online marketplace
    - multimodality and related matters (ticketing, liability etc.)
    - package travel and passenger rights
    - coach and driver regulation
    - joint promotion
    - cross border product development and service provision
    - sustainability (including Fit-for-55, climate action and product diversification)
    - sectoral recovery and support following Covid-19 pandemic
    - transition pathway for tourism (T4T) and related initiatives implementing twin transition


    Head Office
    Rue du Marché aux Herbes 61
    Bruxelles 1000-B
    EU Office
    Rue du Marché aux Herbes 61
    Bruxelles 1000-B


  • People

    Total lobbyists declared


    Employment timeLobbyists

    Lobbyists (Full time equivalent)


    Lobbyists with EP accreditation

    No lobbyists with EP accreditations

    Complementary Information

    Organisational background and structure

    The association has access to the resources of one of its members, a the European Tour Operators Association Limited (ETOA Ltd.), transparency register ID 700500614404-28. This includes its team.

    The association was previously known as the European Travel and Tourism Advisory Group (ETAG), founded in the early 1980s. The association's name was changed to the European Tourism Association AISBL in 2017.

    The association is the sole voting member of ETOA Ltd.

    Person in charge of EU relations

    Data not provided by Register Secretariat due to GDPR

    Person with legal responsibility

    Data not provided by Register Secretariat due to GDPR

  • Categories


    Trade and business associations

  • Networking


    The association participates in the following informal industry groups with a view to building consensus for actionable policy priorities for the tourism industry: NET and the European Manifesto Alliance, acting as vice-chair for the latter since late 2020. Further information is available at:

    Member organisations

    None declared

  • Financial Data

    Interests represented

    Promotes their own interests or the collective interests of their members

    Closed financial year

    Jan 2021 - Dec 2021

    Lobbying costs for closed financial year


    Major contributions in closed year

    None declared

    Intermediaries for closed year

    None declared

    Intermediaries for current year

    None declared

    Closed year Costs

    0€ - 10,000€

    Other financial info

    During the pandemic the association was, in effect, financially dormant. It waived membership fees, and incidental costs and overheads were met by ETOA Ltd. Thus, the last closed year (2021) had negligible financial activity. There was no revenue and the only costs were bank charges.

    During 2022, the association received an initial payment of 17,256.57 EUR in relation to its participation in PANTOUR, a project focused on sectoral skills development. As this is not the most recent closed financial year, this figure is not included above.

    During 2023, its revenue will include membership fees and further payments under PANTOUR. Its costs will include consultants providing services on the association's behalf in European destination markets.

  • EU Structures

    Groups (European Commission)

    Stakeholder expert group to support the application of the Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Directive (2015/2302)#E03617# #Member #C#Industry

    Groups (European Parliament)


    Communication activities

    Further information is available via the following:
    - policy:
    - insights and previous webinars:
    - events:
    - membership:

    Other activities

    In 2020 the association formed strategic sustainability partnerships with Fair Climate Fund, and Tourism Declares a Climate Emergency. Further information on ETOA and climate available here:

    In 2020 we formed a strategic partnership with Group NAO. We supported their work in conjunction with European Cities Marketing in relation to DMO funding and tourism taxes.

    In December 2019 the association signed a Memorandum of Understanding with UIC in support of its TopRail project.

    In May 2019 the association formed an alliance on sustainable tourism with CELTH, ETC and NECSTouR.

    In January 2019 the association signed a Memorandum of Understanding with CELTH - Centre of Expertise, leisure tourism and hospitality.

    In April 2018 the association signed a Memorandum of Understanding with NECSTouR (the Network of European Regions for a Sustainable and Competitive Tourism).

    July-Sept 2018 it conducted market research in China and India on the impact of Schengen visa processing. Results were published in January 2019 and are available at:

    The association is developing its dialogue with destinations, running working groups in Amsterdam, Barcelona, Paris and Rome.

    Organisational background

    The association was previously known as the European Travel and Tourism Advisory Group (ETAG) and was founded in the early 1980s. Latterly it had become largely dormant.

    The European Tour Operators Association Limited, (ETOA Ltd), known as the European tourism association, became a member of ETAG in 2017 at its invitation in order to support its formal purposes more actively.

    ETOA Ltd. was established in 1989, initially as a voice of incoming tourism to Europe; its membership and partnership network includes over 1000 business and other organisations from B2B and B2C operators to suppliers and destination managements organisations. Its transparency register ID is 700500614404-28.

    The association's name was changed to the European Tourism Association AISBL in 2017; its purposes are unchanged.

  • Meetings


    2 meetings found. Download meetings

    The list below only covers meetings held since November 2014 with commissioners, their cabinet members or directors-general at the European Commission; other lobby meetings with lower-level staff may have taken place, but the European Commission doesn't proactively publish information about these meetings. For more information about which commissioner is responsible for which portfolio, check out this link: All information below comes from European Commission web pages.

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