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…]

2017 PM4SD Summer School: Call for Hosting Destinations

FEST – Foundation for European Sustainable Tourism – and the ETC – European Travel Commission – organize an annual Summer School , where key stakeholders, project management practitioners, funders, policy makers, academics and entrepreneurs discuss and exchange knowledge, and present innovative projects in sustainable tourism. FEST and ETC are proud to have organised 4 editions … [Read more…]

EU Commission launches call worth €1.5m to promote coastal and maritime tourism

The European Commission is making available €1.5 million to create nautical routes linking up maritime sites across Europe. The announcement was made by Karmenu Vella, Commissioner for Environment, Fisheries and Maritime Affairs, when opening the European Tourism Day conference in Brussels yesterday. With today’s call for proposals we are shining a light on Europe’s rich … [Read more…]

A Conversation with Donald E. Hawkins

I had the pleasure to interview DONALD E. HAWKINS Professor Emeritus of Management and Tourism Studies at the George Washington University and Special Adviser to the UNWTO Secretary General for the Knowledge Network. We talk about successful Destination Management Organizations, how to build capacity and partnerships, market trends, and Don shares training tools and case … [Read more…]

“Managing Natural and Cultural Attractions with a Sustainable Agenda”

From the European Development Days 2016 to the Leadership and Governance for Sustainable Tourism Summer School in October, Jlag and Fest with key international partners support the 2017 as he International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.  FEST organised the lab session “Managing Natural and Cultural Attractions with a Sustainable Agenda” together with the International Union for … [Read more…]

Rob Holmes, keynote speaker at the PM4SD Summer School, in the Adventure in Motion Film Contest.

Rob Holmes, Chief Strategist @ GLP Films, one of the keynote speaker at the #PM4SDSUMMERSCHOOL, through GLP Films has partnered with Mountain Lodges of Peru to enter the joint film,“Salkantay Inca Trail: The Ultimate Trek to Machu Picchu” in the Adventure in Motion Film Contest. Cast your vote at  The film features veteran mountain guide Dalmiro Portillo and the … [Read more…]

A Conversation with Eduardo Santander, Executive Director at European Travel Commission (ETC).

Which is the main scope of the Tourism Manifesto? Why was it needed? Tourism represents a key sector of the European economy, generating almost 10% of total EU-28 GDP and employing 25 million people. Despite these valuable benefits, European tourism does not receive the importance it deserves on the policy making scene. In response to … [Read more…]

A Conversation with Belise Kariza Chief Tourism Officer at the Rwandan Development Board

On the 16th of June , as FEST, we organize together with the International Union for Conservation of Nature, Fair Trade Tourism (FTT), The Intasave-Caribsave Partnership, the Rwandan Embassy in Brussels, the Rwandan Development Board and Cardiff Metropolitan University the Lab Session  “Managing Natural and Cultural Attractions with a Sustainable Agenda”,  during the European Development Days (EDD16) in … [Read more…]

UNWTO Europe Meeting discusses digital

Vilnius, the capital city of Lithuania, this week hosted representatives of 34 countries for the 60th Meeting of the UNWTO Commission for Europe. Discussions focused on major tourism trends and the priorities and agenda of the Organization for the region. The meeting was followed by a seminar on new business models. “In 2015, there were 29 million … [Read more…]