Through its membership in the network, IAAPA said it will add its voice and expertise to those of the other NET members, allowing the association to present a co-ordinated private industry view on EU tourism-related issues.

"NET has become the most representative umbrella for the tourism industry at EU level, standing as a key interlocutor for the European authorities in consultations on the likely consequences of their proposals impacting tourism," IAAPA said.

Indeed, with a total turnover in Europe of about E3bn, and more than 100,000 people employed across the EU, the attractions sector is a major engine of the European economy.

"NET has a flexible structure and remains open to other important industry associations representing tourism entrepreneurs in Europe," added IAAPA.