British parliament approves UK/EU Brexit deal; duty free sales begin on Jan. 1; ETRC urges preparation

British lawmakers approved Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s post Brexit deal with the European Union on Wednesday. Parliament’s lower house voted 521 to 73 in favor of the agreement, sending it to the Upper House, where it is expected to be approved. On December 24, the European Union and the United Kingdom had reached an agreement in […]

The EU looks at benefits of arrivals duty and tax free airport shopping as a key element of recovery plan

Airports Council International Europe (ACI Europe) and the European Travel Retail Confederation (ETRC) are calling on the European Union to review current legislation to allow passengers traveling from third countries to buy duty and tax free on arrival in EU airports. An independent report commissioned by ETRC from York Aviation was launched on Wednesday. The […]

ETRC welcomes EU Tourism and Transport Package guidelines

The European Travel Retail Confederation (ETRC) welcomed the publication on Wednesday of European Commission’s guidelines and recommendations on the restoration of safe transport and tourism services in Europe.  In particular, the ETRC welcomed: The coordinated lifting of quarantine requirements as soon as possible for incoming air travelers Travel retail operators being able to open their stores at […]