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Late November 2014	Issue 2172 -3 4 -6 6 -8CONTENTS People news Places news Transport newsgerman air tranSport taxGermany’s airlines and airports have said they would continue to push the Govern- ment to scrap a three-year old air transport tax even after the country’s highest court came down in favour of the Government in early November. The Federal Constitutional Court ruled that the law was compatible with the country’s constitution. It noted that “by choosing a taxation grade based on distances, the legislators chose a realistic and fair taxation scale that corresponds to the law’s environmen- tal protection goals.”The tax on air passengers, is in three bands - €7.50, €23.43 and €42.18. and applies to both domestic and foreign carriers with flights departing from Germany, but it exempts freight and transit flights, which it is noted produce the same environmental impact as scheduled operations.liSbon to intro- duCe touriSm taxIn 2015, the Lisbon City Council will charge €1 tourist tax for each visitor coming to the City, via air or sea port. It does not apply to those arriving by train, bus or private car. Through this tax Lisbon hopes to raise €7 million next year.As reported in a local paper, the tax is tem- porary and will be in effect until 2019,when it is expected that Lisbon’s Strategic Plan for Tourism will be finalised.In 2016, another €1 will also be charged for each night’s stay in the city (for the first 7 nights, and children will be exempt). And again in effect until 2019. From these two taxes a municipal tax for Citizens Protection will be created, through which the Lisbon City Council hopes to raise € 18.9 million.The Portuguese tourism sector has always been opposed to the introduction of a tax, although it is yet to comment on the measure announced.tranSavia franCe updateAir France and its main pilots’ union have reached a tentative deal aimed at ending a dispute over the airline’s low-cost unit Transavia France. Air France said it expected the text they had agreed on to be signed later this month .According to the deal, all pilots flying for Transavia France will be employed under Transavia France operating and pay conditions. But Air France pilots flying for Transavia will be able to keep their Air France contract, the company said.There will be a single seniority list for the units and any changes in working condi- tions and remuneration at Transavia France will be submitted to union representatives of both Air France and Transavia pilots.	By Alan Bennett9	Cruise news 10	Mice newsHospitality news11 - 13 14	Flight PlanTravel Industry news15 - 16 16	ETOA news / IATM updateOptions and attractions17 - 21 21	European eccentrics 22	We Welcome GroupsChalk Farm Publishing Ltd, Riverside Lodge, Collier Close, Camerton, Bath BA2 0QB Publisher/Editor-Alan Bennett Tel: +44 (0) 1761 479 645 Fax: +44 (0) 1761 479 663 E-m:, Design/artwork: RakeAmble© Copyright 2014. Articles published in this magazine are copyright and should not be reproduced without permission from the publishers.The views expressed in this magazine are not necessarily those of the publishers and all information is given in good faith.Noresponsibilitycanbetakenbythepublishersfor anyerrorsoromissions,howsoevercaused.Readers are advised to check upon any information given, and where relevant take professional advice before acting upon it.Highlights details of 100’s of Advent and Christmas markets and Festive events from Aarhus to Zurich and can also identify many benefits on offer during the festive season to make your itinerary even more appealingPhoto: Christmas Market - Tallinn Town Square by Toomas VolmerPeople newsMedCruise AssociationCarla Salvadό, the port of Barcelona’s Market- ing and Cruise Manager, has become the President of the Association. Salvadό has worked at the port of Barcelona since 1992 and first became involved in the cruise indus- try in 2003. She served as secretary general of MedCruise for three years and also held a position on the association’s board of directors in subsequent years.Set up in 1996, MedCruise is the Association of Mediterranean Cruise Ports. MedCruise’s mission is to promote the cruise industry in the Mediterranean and its adjoining seas.The Association assists its members in benefit- ing from the growth of the cruise industry by providing networking, promotional, and profes- sional development opportunities.Today, the association has grown to 70 mem- bers representing more than 100 ports around the Mediterranean region, including the Black Sea, the Red Sea and the Near Atlantic, plus 32 associate members, representing other as- sociations, tourist boards and ship/port agents. Source http://www.cruiseandferry.netJumeirah GroupFollowing the decision of Derek Picot, the current General Manager of Jumeirah Carlton Tower and Regional Vice President Europe, to leave the company, Jumeirah Group has appointed Doris Greif as Re- gional Vice President Europe as well as General Manager of Jumeirah Frankfurt. Greif moves from her current position as General Manager of Jumeirah at Etihad Towers in Abu Dhabi.After downloading, save the magazine to your computer. Click the above titles to view articles, then click OTR logo panels at the base of the pages to return to contents page. You can also click links throughout the magazineDoris Greif

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