Table of Contents


1  Cookie statement

2  Use of cookies

3  What are cookies?

4  Your preferences

5  What cookies does ETC use?

6  How can you manage or turn off cookies completely?

6.1.  Set preferences in the Cookie Banner

6.2.  Block/Delete cookies from your browser

7  Is Cookie information passed on to third parties?

7.1  First party cookies

7.2  Third party cookies

8  How long are cookies information stored?

9  Changes to this cookie statement

1  Cookie statement

This cookie policy was drafted and managed by the European Travel Commission AISBL (ETC).

ETC has its registered office at Rue du Marche aux Herbes 61, 1000 Brussels, Belgium. For all questions and/or remarks, please contact us at the following e-mail address  [email protected].

2  Use of cookies

ETC considers it important that you can view, read or experience our website content at any place and at any time via various media platforms. We want you to be able to use interactive features and provide you with services tailored to your needs.

Therefore, ETC uses online techniques like cookies, tags, scripts and similar technologies (hereafter referred to as ‘cookies’).

Cookies help us facilitate the use of the website and improve its functionality, by collecting information of our website visitors via their website usage.

In this cookie statement, ETC wishes to inform you what kind of cookies are used on the website ‘’ and for which purpose. ETC can amend this policy at any time. This can happen, for example, in the context of changes to its services or the applicable legislation. The amended statement will then be published on this website and will apply from the moment it is published.

3  What are cookies?

A cookie is a file containing an identifier (a string of letters and numbers) that is sent by a web server to a web browser and is stored by the browser. The identifier is then sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server.

Cookies may be either “persistent” cookies or “session” cookies: a persistent cookie will be stored by a web browser and will remain valid until its set expiry date, unless deleted by the user before the expiry date; a session cookie, on the other hand, will expire at the end of the user session, when the web browser is closed.

Different kind of cookies exist that serve different purposes and have a different lifespan on your device (see point 5 “What cookies does ETC uses”). One example might be a cookie containing a unique code which allows the website server to recognize you when you visit the website or return to the website at a later time.

Other cookies can be necessary for the browser to show you the website correctly or to improve your overall user experience. It can for example store a specific preference or necessary information for your browser, like your language or the ID of the last session you had on the website.

Cookies generally make the interaction between the visitor and the website easier and faster and help the visitor to navigate between the different parts of the website in a more efficient way.

Cookies do not typically contain any information that personally identifies a user, but personal information that we store about you may be linked to the information stored in and obtained from cookies.

Yet, if the use of certain cookies also involves the processing of “personal data”, the Website Privacy Policy is also applicable alongside this Cookie statement.

4  Your preferences

When you first visit our website, you are asked to set your cookie preferences. You can either accept all cookies, set your preferences or refuse.

5  What cookies does ETC use?

In the table below you can find an overview of the cookies used on this website.


Essential Website Cookies:

Cookie name Provider Purpose Type Expiration
crsftoken Helps prevent Cross-Site Requests (CSRF) attacks using JavaScript. Server_cookie 1year or until user submits a form.


Performance and functionality cookies

Cookie name Provider Purpose Type Expiration
Yt_remote_device id Stores a unique ID for the user’s device for YouTube html_local_storage persistent


Provides load balancing functionality. Server_cookie 7 days
PHPSESSID Cookie generated by applications based on the PHP language. This is a general purpose identifier used to maintain user session variables. It is normally a random generated number, how it is used can be specific to the site, but a good example is maintaining a logged-in status for a user between pages.


Server_cookie Session


These cookies enable us to allocate server traffic to make the user experience as smooth as possible. A so-called load balancer is used to determine which server currently has the best availability. The information generated cannot identify you as an individual.


Server_cookie 7 days
yt-remote-connected-devices Stores a list of connected devices for YouTube html_local_storage Persistent
_icl_visitor_lang_js Language localisation serving session


Analytics and customisation cookies

Cookie name Provider Purpose Type Expiration
#collect Sends data such as visitor’s behavior and device to Google Analytics. It is able to keep track of the visitor across marketing channels and devices. It is a pixel tracker type cookie whose activity lasts within the browsing session.


pixel_tracker session
NID Set by Google to set a unique user ID to remember user preferences. Server_cookie Persistent cookie that stays for 182 days


_gat Used to monitor number of Google Analytics server requests when using Google Tag Manager.


http_cookie < 1 minute
_gid Keeps an entry of unique ID which is then used to come up with statistical data on website usage by visitors. It is a HTTP cookie type and expires after a browsing session.


http_cookie 1 day
_ga Records a particular ID used to come up with data about website usage by the user.


http_cookie 13 months and 4 days
_gat# Enables Google Analytics to regulate the rate of requesting. http_cookie Session
_ga_# Used to distinguish individual users by means of designation of a randomly generated number as client identifier, which allows calculation of visits and sessions


http_cookie 13 months and 4 days


Advertising cookies

Cookie name Provider Purpose Type Expiration
mid Used by instagram for marketing purposes server_cookie 13months and 4 days
Test_cookies A session cookie used to check if the user’s browser supports cookies.


server_cookie 15 minutes
YSC YouTube is a Google-owned platform for hosting and sharing videos. YouTube collects user data through videos embedded in websites, which is aggregated with profile data from other Google services in order to display targeted advertising to web visitors across a broad range of their own and other websites. Used by Google in combination with SID to verify Google user account and most recent login time.


server_cookie Session
IDE Used to measure the conversion rate of ads presented to the user.


Server_cookie 1.5 years
VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE Used by Google in combination with SID to verify Google user account and most recent login time. Server_cookie 5months and 27 days
ga-audiences Used by Google AdWords to re-engage visitors that are likely to convert to customers based on the visitor’s online behaviour across websites.


Pixel_tracker session
_fbp Facebook tracking pixel used to identify visitors for personalized advertising. http_cookie 2months and 29 days
fr Used by Facebook to collect a unique browser and user ID, used for targeted advertising. Server_cookie 2months and 29 days



6  How can you manage or turn off cookies completely?

6.1  Set preferences in the Cookie Banner

Necessary cookies cannot be modified because they are required to provide our website in a working form. The information we collect through these cookies is always anonymous, which makes identification impossible.

For the other cookie categories, if applicable, you can choose in the cookie banner that appears when you visit this website whether or not to accept/ give your consent for these types of cookies.

If rejected, the cookies under the rejected category will not be placed onto your system.

6.2  Block/Delete cookies from your browser

Another way to manage the installation of cookies on your device is via your browser settings. You can also remove the already installed cookies from your computer or mobile device at any time. If you choose to disable cookies, you can do so for the browser you use:

If you use different devices to visit this website, make sure that your cookie preferences are set on the browser of every device.

Please note that disabling certain cookies may result in the malfunction of related features on the website e.g. certain graphics may not show the way they are meant to, or you may not be able to use certain services.

7  Is Cookie information passed on to third parties?

It is important to make a distinction between two types of cookies.

7.1  First party cookies

Direct or first-party cookies are cookies that ETC manages and that are specific to the website visited or used.

7.2  Third party cookies

Indirect cookies or third-party cookies are cookies that are managed and placed by a third party. These cookies therefore ensure that certain data is transmitted to third parties by your visit on “”. These may be, for example, cookies from social media platforms.

In the detailed information on ETC cookies above you can find out which cookies are first party and which are third party by looking at the “Provider” column.

8  How long are cookies information stored?

Cookies can be stored on your computer or mobile device for different periods of time. Depending on the type of cookie, they (and the information they collect) are automatically deleted when you close your browser (these are the so-called “session cookies”).

In other cases, these cookies remain stored for a longer period of time and can also be used during a subsequent visit to this website (these are the so-called “persistent cookies”).

For a detailed overview of the cookies, see point 5 “what cookies does ETC use?”.

9  Changes to this cookie policy

ETC may amend this Cookie Policy in accordance with certain technical, legal or commercial requirements and developments. We will inform you accordingly, taking into account the importance of the changes that have been made. You may find the date on which this Cookie Policy was last modified at the top of this document.

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