HOTREC 52nd General Assembly
& seminar “A world of standards”
13-15 October 2005
AUSTRIAN ECONOMICS MINISTER IN TOURISM DEBATE
Martin Bartenstein, Austrian Federal Minister of Economics and Labour, addressed
the 52nd General Assembly of HOTREC – the European association of hotels and
restaurants – which took place in Vienna on 13-15 October. The important issues
which the Austrian EU Presidency will deal with during the first half of 2006 include
the EU Constitution, the internal market for services, the working time Directive, and
better regulation. The Austrian EU Presidency will organise a conference in March
2006 on the subject of “Tourism – key to growth and employment”.
A seminar on the topic of standards for the hospitality industry and a meeting on
hotel classification and quality management were held in connection to the General
The HOTREC Secretariat distributed an updated version of the VAT brochure: “A
reduced VAT rate for hospitality and tourism in Europe - An urgent call for the adoption
of the July 2003 Commission proposal in relation to VAT rates”.
The General Assembly reviewed the latest EU developments of interest to the
hospitality industry and adopted positions with regard to standards, hotel
classification, a quality reference scheme, air ticket tax, and tourism statistics.
In the seminar “A world of standards” representatives from national (AENOR, DIN) and
European and international standardisation bodies (CEN, NORMAPME, ISO) presented
their activities in the area of services with particular reference to the hospitality industry. A
European Commission representative outlined its views on standards for services.
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