RDO is meeting the Consumentenautoriteit, the Netherlands’ equivalent to the Office of Fair Trading, later this month to help them develop an awareness and enforcement campaign against Discount Travel Membership Clubs (DTMCs) and other fraudulent practices affecting the timeshare industry.
The Dutch Consumer Authority approached RDO for advice and a better understanding of the timeshare industry and products like DTMCs, and how consumers in the Netherlands might be targeted by fraudsters.
RDO will not only be able to provide the Dutch body with useful information but also put them in touch with the authorities in Spain, where a successful Enforcement programme has been in place for several years.
The meeting is part of RDO’s ongoing campaign to protect consumers against fraud by raising awareness amongst the national authorities and developing a uniform approach to enforcement throughout Europe. RDO will be contacting the main consumer authorities in other European countries to offer similar advice and information in the forthcoming months.
“The meeting with the Dutch Consumer Authority is just the beginning,” said RDO’s General Secretary Peter van der Mark. “We want to make sure that all the other national consumer authorities know who to contact for advice, and that we are here to help them in their own fight against fraud.”