is concerned about the impact on hotels, restaurants and cafes of provisions on off-premises contracts.
Speakers included BeMyGuest, the Lithuanian Hotels and Restaurants Association, Room Mate Hotels, TripAdvisor, ReviewPro, HOTREC
, NBTC Holland Marketing, the European Commission, the Tourism Chamber of the Republic of Lithuania and Airbnb.
It is the result of collaborative work by experts from a number of national standardization bodies and international partners such as the Global Sustainable Tourism Council and HOTREC
The exclusion of catering services from the scope of the Austrian compromise has been denounced by HOTREC
(the Confederation of National Associations of Hotels, Restaurants, Cafes and Similar Establishments in the European Union) as a "scandal".
The Skills Passport is an initiative of the Commission in association with employee and employer organisations in the hospitality sector: HOTREC
, the umbrella association representing hotels, restaurants, cafes and similar establishments in Europe; and EFFAT, the European Federation of Trade Unions in the Food, Agriculture and Tourism sectors.
On the same day, the Commissioner met four associations representing the private sector of the European tourism industry: ECTAA (Travel agents and tour operators in Europe), EFCO&HPA (Caravan and camping sites, holiday parks and villages in Europe), ETOA (tour operators), and HOTREC
(Hotels, restaurants, and cafes in Europe).
Bernd Geyer, Vice-President of HOTREC
, the European association of hotels, restaurants and cafes in Europe, said his sector welcomed the Commission proposal to allow Member States to apply a reduced VAT rate to restaurant services.
In a joint communique, the European Association of Modern Restaurants (EAMR), the European Federation of Contract Restaurants Organisations (EFCRO), and the European Association HOTREC
(hotels, restaurants and cafes) asked the European Commission to acknowledge their specificity in the food chain and to stop putting them in the same bag as agricultural producers, the food products and drinks industry and the retail trade.