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Open a Travel Agency in France

Updated on Wednesday 13th December 2017

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Open-a-travel-agency-in-FranceFrance offers beautiful landscapes which is why the tourism industry is one of the flourishing sectors of the economy. Paris, Cannes, Nice are just a few of the cities visited by hundreds of thousands tourists a year. Foreign investors are also receptive to the laws providing for the tourism industry, especially since the Tourism Code was modified a few years ago in order to provide for simpler procedure for the registration of travel agencies and travel agents with the Ministry of Tourism.

Our French company formation representatives can offer more information on the Tourism Code.

Company registration for starting a travel agency in France

Considering a travel agency will be involved in commercial activities through the sale of tourism packages, the first step to start such business is to register a company in France. Therefore, a French travel agency or tour operator must follow the requirements of the Commercial Code and the Tourism Law. The most employed type of structure used to set up travel agency is the limited liability company in France. Following the company registration procedure, the travel agency will receive its registration number.

Our company incorporation agents in France can assist foreign investors who want to register a company with the purpose of opening a travel agency.

Licensing of travel agencies in France

France adhered to all EU laws providing for travel agencies, travel agents and tour operators within the Community. Following these directives, all French travel agencies and tour operators must register with the unique system applicable at EU level. Travel agencies will be subject to a fixed registration fee.

Travel agents may also obtain the IATA (International Air Transport Association) license. In order to obtain this process, the French company must file following documents with IATA:

  • -          a prescribed application form;
  • -          a copy of the Registration Certificate of the agency;
  • -          a copy of the company’s Articles of Association;
  • -          a copy of the KBIS extract issued by French Trade Register;
  • -          a bank statement;
  • -          photos of the premises;
  • -          the agreement with agents selling flight tickets.

If you want to set up a travel agency and need assistance with the company formation process, please contact our company registration consultants in France.



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