The IATM accounts for 2014 are now available using the above link.
Members attending the East Coast USA Convention should apply for their electronic visa using the above link.
From 2015 €1 will be collected from all visitors arriving by air or sea to Lisbon. From 2016 another €1 per night will be added to all overnight stays.
IATM Nordic Region has posted details of meetings in Copenhagen, Oslo and Stockholm as well as the latest Nordic News.
The World Health Organisation has issued an update on the Ebola Crisis. Members wishing to donate can visit the Disasters Emergency Committee Website.
All Members are invited to join IATM-Netherlands for their AGM in Groningen, the Netherlands, on 29 November. Coach from Amsterdam and buffet lunch included.
Members may now log-in to read the November issue of the IATM Newsletter.
The lastest British Region Bulletin is now available for all members to read (log-in required).
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) has launched a new app that allows users to search for war graves in more than 23,000 locations in 153 countries.
Good news for all those who have not yet made arrangements to attend the IATM West Coast USA Convention. The date for 'early-bird' bookings has now been extended to 30 November. Take another look at the extensive programme that has been prepared for you and, if you cannot join us for the entire programme, why not consider attending the 'Washington only' portion.
During construction work there are temporary arrangements for buses stopping at Schwanenplatz in Lucerne.
Bookings through smartphones and tablets represent the biggest part of the growth in the online travel sector globall (Tourism Review).
Trafalgar Tours has announced 11 new tours for smaller groups in 2015.
Rome is now the most expensive destination in Europe and this is expected to impact the number of visitors.
09 September 2014 - Schönefeld airport Berlin
Berlin: As one of Europe's short haul weekend favourites with 1.18 million British visitors in 2013, there are many "no-frills" flights available, and most of these use Schönefeld Airport, a 45 minute ride by rail from the centre. However the airport lies just out side AB zone, A ticket to zone C is €3.20, only 60 cents more expensive than AB. If you are caught without the correct ticket there is an on-the-spot fine of €40. Signs in English are not readily visible.
Free admission to Italian museums for over 65's, which had benefitted over a third of visitors, has been withdrawn (Tourism Review).
IATM members resident in EU States are reminded that Citybond offers a discount for travel insurance. Click the link above for further information. (Member log-in required).
From today roaming charges in EU countries have been cut in half ahead of plans to scrap them completely (BBC).
EU Member States are considering whether to greatly restrict air passengers' rights to compensation for cancellation or delay.
Effective 19 July 2013, some European countries will be implementing a requirement for all passports issued by non-EEA (European Economic Area) countries to be valid for 3 months beyond the period of intended stay. British and Swiss passport holders, plus other EEA nationals, may continue to enter these countries with passports that are valid on arrival.
G20 leaders have for the first time recognized the importance of Travel and Tourism to the world economy.
In a debate with Globus over marketing strategy, President of Trafalger, Paul Wiseman, says that the No. 1 element in group travel is a professional travel director. Read the full article by clicking the above link (travelweekly.com).
At a meeting of the IATM board of directors held in London, 9-11 November, 2007, the board made an important statement of policy regarding the employment status of Tour Managers.
08 November 2004 - IATM Policy on GVI Class Action
A meeting of the IATM Board of Directors held 5-7 November, 2004, considered the implications of the recent GVI Class Action. A policy statement was agreed stressing the desire of Tour Managers to retain their freelance (independent contractor) status and encouraging Tour Operators to give greater recognition and value to their Tour Managers.