DRV is the leading advocacy group for all companies of the travel industry in Germany. It represents tour operators and travel agents of all organisational forms and sizes, service providers and foreign tourist boards vis-à-vis political stakeholders and the business community in Germany and abroad. After the American ASTA and the British ABTA, DRV is the world's third largest tourism industry association. More than 80% of the sales revenues of the German travel agent and tour operator market are generated by members of the association.
DRV is a strong, quality-driven organisation which safeguards the interests of the travel industry with a single voice on a political level and in the public at large in Germany and abroad. Apart from political lobbying in Berlin and Brussels to enforce justified industry interests, the priority goals of the Association include:
DRV offers a network for co-operation and exchange within the industry and contributes technical input and contents to different themes of the tourism industry through expert groups, committees and working groups. Members are provided with competent advice by DRV experts to clarify legal issues (for instance concerning travel law, competition law or the review of standard terms and conditions), on all issues relating to initial training and continuing education in the tourism industry as well as up to date market research results and forecasts.
DRV reflects the structure of travel distribution and the tour operator market in Germany. Within the trade association the individual interest groups are spread over five sections and the group of supporting members:
DRV is run by a Presidential Council consisting of DRV President Jürgen Büchy, CFO Axel Duhr and the Vice Presidents of the Sections A to E.
Strong commitment to politics, the business community and the public at large
As a leading advocacy group, DRV formulates the industry's interests, is in a permanent contact with political decision makers and contributes its positions and arguments to legislative processes through targeted lobbying.
Strong in crises, too
Together with tour operators, the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other governmental bodies, DRV co-ordinates the industry-wide crisis and safety management. By analysing the respective situation, appropriate measures to protect guests of tour operators can be co-ordinated.
Strong future-proof investment
The DRV training offensive “Booking the Future” promotes more apprenticeships and highlights why it is worthwhile to invest in junior staff. On the website www.zukunft-buchen.de the Association provides interested companies with information around the training of travel and tourism specialists. Young people interested in training opportunities in the travel and tourism industry can inform themselves on the DRV portal www.tourismus-azubi. de . The DRV educational database provides an overview on qualification offerings, institutions and opportunities under www.drv-ausbildung.de .
Strong for environmental protection and social responsibility
DRV advocates sustainable development in tourism all over the world. Since 1987 the Association has presented the International Environmental Award EcoTrophea for particularly environmentally sound measures of providers and travellers. DRV fights against sexual exploitation of minors in holiday countries by sensitising both the tourism industry staff and travellers.