Teaching Resources

Educational Resource for Teachers - Slides on Tourism, Travel and Hospitality Law

The Education Committee of IFTTA has been working for some time on creating educational resources for teachers of aspects of tourism, travel and hospitality law. This task has been undertaken to advance a key objectives of IFTTA, as outlined in Article 2 (1) (b) of its By-laws, to ‘provide a resource for Members and others, worldwide, of travel law information such as relevant legislation, regulations, agreements and case law from various jurisdictions’.

This is a broad objective and there are different ways it could be advanced. After reflection it was felt that the most realistic and feasible way was to aim to assist those who teach tourism law by providing free PowerPoint slides which cover different aspects of the area. As can be seen from the list at the bottom of this page, the areas covered to date, while far from exhaustive or comprehensive, do touch on some of the major legal areas affecting travellers and tourists. They reflect the experience and specialist knowledge base of the IFFTA members who prepared the slides.

A quick glance at the slides and their content will reveal some key points. The slides assume some prior legal knowledge by potential users of the slides. The slides are designed to provide a general and not a detailed treatment of legal knowledge in the selected areas. A key desire in preparing the slides has been to make life easier for first-time tourism and travel law teachers operating in a highly specialised area by eliminating the need to prepare new slides to use in classes/seminars/lectures. We hope to avoid the constant re-invention of the wheel.

The slides present a non-national view of aspects of tourism and travel law. They do not focus on the laws or cases of any one state. Rather, they focus on distinct areas of tourism and travel and present a perspective which is either global, as with an international treaty which aspires to setting global rules, or which address the position in one or more of the major global legal systems, such as civil law and common law, or which addresses the laws  of major regional entities.

While the slides have been trialed with various levels of student, there is always room for improvement. We welcome and encourage all teachers, regardless of level or context, who use the slides to freely provide feedback via the IFTTA website.

The legal areas covered by the Power Point slides are accommodation and air travel, including the Montreal Convention and EU Regulation of Air Travel.

Marc Mc Donald, Chair, IFTTA Education Committee, 2011