The scope of application of the Act on Travel Service Combinations does not cover travel service combinations marketed to specific groups occasionally, for purposes other than financial gain. Such journeys may, for example, be offered to members by various associations, organisations, sports clubs or school classes as part of their activities.
If an association acting as an organiser is deemed to fall within the scope of the Act on Travel Service Combinations, the association must register with the travel guarantee register and lodge a security in order to secure the advance payments it collects. Assessment of whether the association is subject to the Act will be performed on a case-by-case basis. When assessing the nature of the association’s activities and services included in travel service combinations, account is taken of the following:
Beyond the scope of the Act
- membership is clearly restricted
- travel service combinations form part of the activities of the association
- the provision of travel service combinations is not intended to bring the association or its members any financial gains, and no margin will be added to the price paid for the travel
- marketing through membership bulletins or other so-called closed distribution means
- travel packages are organised up to a few times a year at most
Possibly within the scope of the Act
- membership open or unrestricted
- the arranged travel has no connection to the actual purpose of the association
- open participation; trip is marketed using newspaper ads, on the Internet, etc.
- trip organisation: the association plans and organises a travel package, and then markets it with advertisements targeted at both members and non-members.
- the price of the trip includes a profit margin for the association, in addition to the actual expenses