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Dubai trade urged to discuss by-law

Dubai-based travel agents and tour operators are being reminded to attend the next general meeting of the reformed Dubai Travel & Tour Agents Group (DTTAG).

Dubai-based travel agents and tour operators are being reminded to attend the next general meeting of the reformed Dubai Travel & Tour Agents Group (DTTAG).

Group president, Iain Andrew, the senior vice president of Dnata Agencies, said the meeting would take place in mid-July and would give the local travel trade an opportunity to discuss the by-law that will be enforced next year.

It imposes strict regulatory measures on agents and operators, charging them AED 200,000 (US $54,450) for every travel-related activity they operate, in order to obtain a license to do business.

Dubai travel trade professionals believe the new by-law is a necessary evil and will raise the standard of agents operating in the emirate.

"It will ensure that only the good ones who are in a position to deliver service to the customers [survive]," said V. Jayaram, GM at Sharaftravel. "It will leave a big hole in my kitty but in the interests of the industry and the travel community, I think we have no choice but to go with it."

Any member of the travel trade interested in attending the meeting or becoming a DTTAG member should call +971 (0)4 334 6166 or e-mail
info@dttag.com

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