Collective Commentary about the New Package Travel Directive

The Spanish transposition of the Package Travel Directive: A review of the Report of the National Commission for Markets and Competition on the adaptation of the Consumer Protection Act Gea Gómez-Pablos Pinto 1 ABSTRACT : In 2017, the Spanish National Commission for Markets and Competition (CNMC) adopted, following a consultation by the Ministry of Health, a report on the draft law to adapt Spanish legislation to the 2015 Package Travel Directive. Shopping habits of travel consumers have changed and therefore there is a crescent proliferation of online travel services. Therefore, it has become necessary to regulate this new type of contracting travel services in order both to give more transparency to the procedure and to protect consumers. The CNMC analyzed the new regulation under the framework of the principles of necessity and proportionality and efficient economic regulation. Keywords: package travel, linked travel arrangements, consumer protection, principles of necessity and proportionality, advocacy, CNMC. I. Introduction; II. Legal framework ; III. Background on package travel in Spain; IV. CNMC recommendations on the draft of the Spanish travel package ACT under the competition perspective; V. Final approval of the package travel regulation in Spain; VI. Conclusions. 1 Public Aids and Draft Regulation Unit; Advocacy Department; National Commission for Markets and Competition – Spain; Legal Officer at the CNMC. The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the CNMC.