Europe’s hotel, restaurant and catering sector features 1.8 million companies employing almost 10 million workers. Tourism is one of the few sectors of the European economy with a high potential for growth and job creation, particularly providing an entry into the labour market for young people.
Given the high percentage of atypical employment in the tourism sector, the EFFAT mission is to promote decent and fair working conditions. EFFAT activities in the tourism sector include promoting improvement and recognition of qualifications and skills, socially responsible and sustainable tourism, and strengthening social dialogue in the sector to improve working conditions.

Political Secretary: Kerstin Howald –
President: José García Relucio, (FeSMC-UGT, Spain)
Vice-presidents: Andreas Gollner (Vida, Austria) & Dave Turnball (Unite the Union, UK)

FIFA World CUP 2022 – Leave Sexual Harassment out of the Game.

FIFA World CUP 2022 – Leave Sexual Harassment out of the Game.

On International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and ahead of Global Week of Action for Hotel Housekeepers, EFFAT joins the IUF urging FIFA to protect hospitality workers, mostly women, in host hotels during the World Cup 2022. In a country well...

Joint HOTREC-EFFAT Statement on Ukraine

Joint HOTREC-EFFAT Statement on Ukraine

16 March 2022 | HOTREC and EFFAT, the European social partners in the hospitality sector, condemn Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and deplore the loss of lives and the human suffering. The attack is a flagrant violation of international laws and agreements, and of...

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