On October 17th-18th 2013, the 12th European Tourism Forum, themed “Tourism- a force for Economic Growth, Social change and Welfare” will take place in Vilnius- Lithuania, co-organized by the European Commission and the Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
The forum will present the impact of tourism on the EU economy and the international tourism development trends. The first session, on October 17th, will be devoted to introducing the diversity of the European Tourism products. The panel will explain how to exploit the potential of EU tourism diversity from the North to the South and will discuss the consumer trends that will shape the tourist’s choice.
The future of the EU tourism sector, with its challenges and opportunities, will be analyzed on October 18th. Representatives from the public, private sectors and from the academia will exchange best practices and experiences on environmental tourism, on how to fight sexual tourism and on evaluating the benefits and boundaries of tourism taxation.
Moreover, the forum will look into funding opportunities for tourism under the new financial period 2014-2020, and will debate one of the priorities of the Lithuanian Presidency of the EU council: the Baltic Sea Region strategy.
At the end of the two-days forum, a signing ceremony of the UNWTO Global Code of Ethics for Tourism for the private sector will take place.
To follow up with the event and have more information, take a look at the programme, the EU Baltic Sea Region strategy on tourism and the activities of the Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union 2013.