Edinburgh-based travel search engine firm Skyscanner has become a member of the European Technology and Travel Services Association (ETTSA), “at an important phase of the legislative agenda”.
ETTSA represents the interests of the travel technology sector.
Skyscanner joins as the European Commission prepares to roll out the digital single market strategy, with issues such as consumer protection, freedom of digital information including travel prices and schedules and an open, competitive digital marketplace all part of the debate.
“Now is an important time for our industry and policymakers to work more closely together to inform laws that enable technology businesses to flourish across Europe for the benefit of consumers,” said Carolyn Jameson, chief legal officer at Skyscanner.
“We look forward to working with ETTSA and its members to ensure that the frontiers of digital technology continue to advance and that our industry’s voice is heard.”
Christoph Klenner, secretary general of ETTSA,added: “We are delighted that Skyscanner has joined the best of the travel technology industry at ETTSA – and we are particularly proud to welcome such a great European technology success story to the fold.
“Meta search providers provide great value to European consumers because they bring transparency and empower citizens through choice. This philosophy is also at the heart of ETTSA’s mission.”
ETTSA said it expects a number of important political debates to take place in the coming months and years that have the potential to impact the travel technology sector.
“All innovators in travel technology should work together to ensure that the business and regulatory environment is designed to maximize the growth and potential of our sector,” said Klenner.