The new Package Travel Directive and Geo-blocking Regulation: how will these imminent new EU laws affect your business?

28 June 2018

09:00 - 10:00

webinar

Join us for this webinar, the first event in Bird & Bird's Travel programme for clients which provides a forum for those working in the Travel industry to network with peers, hear about the latest Travel industry trends and developments, share common experiences and challenges and learn from others. Our events are set in an informal environment, free from deal pressures and competing interests of competitor companies, allowing you to explore industry trends, exchange views on matters of common interest or concern, and share ideas, knowledge and best practice.

This interactive and thought-provoking webinar with our subject matter experts will explore the key changes that the Package Travel Directive and the Geo-blocking Regulation will bring in, how they will affect different kinds of travel businesses, and what they will mean for you and your organisation. 

With the travel market evolving dramatically in recent years, the internet now provides consumers with unprecedented access to various travel options, and online travel agencies, airlines, hotels and comparator websites have seen their businesses transformed. Instead of opting for the traditional pre-arranged travel package, more and more holidaymakers now put together their own customised travel arrangements using different online or offline operators.  This has created legal grey areas and uncertainty for both businesses and consumers.

In response to this changing landscape, an updated Package Travel Directive was introduced to bring trading standards and consumer protection in line with the market. This Directive, due to come into effect on 1 July 2018, provides new legal protections for consumers beyond those purchasing traditional packages, by providing, for example protections for looser forms of packages known as "linked travel arrangements". What does this mean for the many travel businesses serving these consumers? We will be looking at this along with some ambiguities in the legislation.

In addition, the new Geo-blocking Regulation – which will apply as of 3 December 2018 - will fill a gap in current laws restricting unjustified geo-blocking and will prohibit unilateral geographical discrimination between customers located in different EU Member States. We will update you on how this new ban on unilateral geo-blocking will affect the Travel industry specifically.

We look forward to hosting you at what is sure to be a lively and engaging session!

For any enquiries please contact: Rebecca Morgan on +44 (0)20 7905 6256 or email.

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