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Developing safety standards and reinforcing safety regulations

Safety is a fundamental aspect for the operations of any organisation. With respect to travel and tourism agencies it is even more so. The objective of a safe travel for its clients is a must for any serious travel and tourism agency. To professionally perform its job a travel and tourism agency has to be informed about many safety related aspects and in particular:

  • the health hazards of travel related to particular destinations
  • the hazards of travel related to modes of transport
  • the implications and risk of sports related tourism
  • the implications of travel for people with disabilities and health problems

A competent advice of a well-trained travel and tourism agent can ensure that people do have an active travel life and stay safe at the same time. The safety aspects of travel are so important that almost at the outset of the Association, the members established Safety and Security Task Force, a research group specifically dedicated to the safety of travel.

The objective of this research group is to develop the safety standards, which are then recommended for the implementation to the AETTA members. The recommendations take into account the latest measures taken by the European Community and national governments in the area of the safety of travel and tourism. Furthermore, the Safety and Security Task Force elaborates AETTA's position versus various safety and security aspects. AETTA then makes sure that our voice is heard at an appropriate regulatory level. We are proud that a number of our initiatives made its way to the European and national laws and regulations on safety and security issues in travel and tourism.

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