Call for destinations. Don’t miss the second pilot phase of ETIS.
The European Tourism System of Indicators for Sustainable Management at Destination Level (ETIS) has been launched by the Tourism Policy Unit of the European Commission as a tool to help local authorities in measuring and monitoring the sustainable tourism performances of their destinations. The Tourism Policy Unit has also launched a pilot phase to test the ETIS tool kit, destinations are invited to participate. ETIS is currently in a first testing phase, which will end on 15 April 2014, involving active participation of around 100 destinations in Europe. The European Commission is now launching a call for expression of interest for a second pilot phase which will run from 1st April 2014 to 31 December 2014. The call for expression of interest is open to individual destinations as well as networks of destinations from all EU Member States and Candidates Countries. Application forms to be sent to ENTR-ETIS@ec.europa.eu by 15th March 2014.
How will the testing period work in practice?
All destinations participating in the pilot phases commit to contribute actively to the testing of the ETIS. The implementation will be done based on a guide book called the “Toolkit”, which explains step-by-step how to implement the ETIS. The toolkit is translated in all EU languages and is available on the European Commission’s website: http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/sectors/tourism/sustainable-tourism/indicators/index_en.htm
A questionnaire will be distributed at the beginning of the pilot period to the participating destinations. At the end of the 9-month pilot phase, the destinations will be requested to fill out this questionnaire – and send it back to the Tourism Policy Unit. At the end of the second pilot phase, the Tourism Policy Unit will publish the list of participating destinations on the Europa website providing them with recognition for their efforts towards excellence in the sustainable management at destination level.
Applications are open to destinations as well as networks of destinations (i.e. regional/ national/European associations of destinations, cultural routes etc). Applications must be submitted by an individual on behalf of the applicant who commits to act as Local Destination Co-ordinator as described at page 11 of the Toolkit. Applicants from all EU Member States, EFTA, EEA countries and such other countries as the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Serbia, Montenegro, Albania and Israel, can apply.