FEST and GSTC: a New Strategic Partnership Promoting Effective Sustainable Tourism Management

 2017, the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, has been a unique opportunity to promote the contribution of tourism to shape a better future for people and places. A new journey has started towards 2030, as said UNWTO Secretary General, Taleb Rifai, at the official closing ceremony of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism … [Read more…]

Public consultation: Modernising the EU’s common visa policy.

The European Commission would like to gather the views of the main ‘users’ of the common visa policy: individuals, interest groups, advocacy groups, think tanks and professional organisations. The scope is to hear from as broad a range of users as possible, as it is important to get views and input from all stakeholders. There … [Read more…]

Interview with Roger Goodacre, tourism development consultant and Chairman of the Tourism Consultants Network (UK)

SB: What is the main scope of the Tourism Consultants Network? RG: TCN was established in 1989 as a section of The Tourism Society and is now the biggest association of qualified tourism consultants in Europe, with more than 110 members (see tcn.tourismsociety.org). All our members must agree to abide by our code of professional … [Read more…]

SMART TOURISM training modules in 3 steps

Thinking about going into the tourism industry ? Or maybe you work there already but have never had training? The Sustainable Manager in Tourism Sector Erasmus+ Project (SMARTOUR) has designed 10  training modules on key sustainable topics you can take through 3 simple steps. Each unit last between 30 mins and 1 hour. A simple test is available at the end of each module. … [Read more…]

PM4SD will be offered for the first time in the United States

PM4SD (Project Management For Sustainable Development) program will be offered for the first time in the United States, August 19-23 at the USF Patel College of Global Sustainability. The training event is organized through a strategic cooperation between Jlag, FEST and USF Patel College of Global Sustainability and the Blue Community. The partnership, started last year through … [Read more…]

Balkans & Black Sea Cooperation Forum

Next week I will fly for the first time to Serres to moderate the sustainable session  session  for the  «Balkans & Black Sea Cooperation Forum» . The  international conference which will be held at Serres | Central Macedonia | Greece on 25-26 May 2017 aims at highlighting cross‐border cooperation, enhancing bilateral and multilateral relations, strengthening business opportunities … [Read more…]

Sustainable Georgia: a must see destination for visitors and tourism planners

Georgia, the country claiming to be the birthplace of wine,  is one of the most beautiful countries on earth and a marvellous canvas for walkers, riders, cyclists, rafters and travellers of any kind (Lonely Planet).  Wine tourism, mountain tourism, sustainable tourism, have been the key themes of international conferences and events, showing the leadership of Georgia … [Read more…]

International Tourists to the European Union reach almost half a billion in 2016

International tourist arrivals to the European Union increased by 4% in 2016, reaching almost 500 million or 40% of the world’s total. This preliminary result is included in the first release of the ‘European Union Short-Term Tourism Trends’, a regular monitoring of EU tourism by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in the framework of the … [Read more…]

Innovation, technology and sustainability – pillars of Smart Destination

  Over three days (15-17 February) more than 100 speakers from 20 countries convened in Murcia, Spain to present solutions and experiences for ‘smart destinations’. The 1st UNWTO World Conference on Smart Destinations was organized by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in cooperation with the Ministry of Industry, Tourism and the Digital Agenda of Spain … [Read more…]

A conversation with István UJHELYI, Member of the European Parliament, Vice-Chair of the Committee on Transport and Tourism

I had the pleasure to interview  István UJHELYI, Member of the European Parliament, Vice-Chair of the Committee on Transport and Tourism and responsible for the Tourism Task Force Group of the European Parliament. István UJHELYI shares with us his vision and his approach for a growing tourism industry in EU. We talk about  The Tourism Manifesto, the … [Read more…]