New rules for a more systematic production of European statistics on tourism had been approved by the European Parliament during the last plenary session. The final document will be now sent to the European Council for the final approval, that should occur in the next weeks, and will come into force, probably, next summer.
According to this document, the new statistic rules will be applied as from January 2012. The new legislation will also cover more data on new trends, internet bookings, short-stay trips and social tourism. The document approved underlines the importance to collect monthly information on the sector to improve the tourism development. With this document the Meps ask to the European Commission and to the Member States to harmonize all the national touristic statistics.
“Any appraisal of its competitiveness requires a good knowledge of the volume of tourism, its characteristics, the profile of the tourist and tourism expenditure and benefits for national economies of the Member States ” is written in this draft legislative act. Moreover the text underline the importance of SMEs for the touristic sector: “Given the size of SMEs, the potential administrative burden needs to be considered, and a system of thresholds should be introduced so that users’ needs can be met, while at the same time reducing the burden of response on the parties responsible for providing statistical information, particularly SMEs”.
“This resolution – said Carlo Fidanza, EPP MEP, European Parliament rapporteur for the new European strategy on Tourism – It’s very important for the new European Strategy on Tourism development. These new rules will permit to have an updated legislative framework. It will assure a more effective sector monitoring for a better comprehension of the consumers needs”.