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…]

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…]

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…]

Co-operating for Leadership in Tourism

As Jlag, we have just started delivering a new EU Project Co-operating for Leadership in Tourism.  Co-Lead is a European framework project aiming to develop and test capacity building trainings and tools based on PM4SD to train team of professionals and trainers with appropriate skills and expertise who can directly assist destinations and enterprises to … [Read more…]

UN RESOLUTION: “Promotion of sustainable tourism, including ecotourism, for poverty eradication and environment protection”

A milestone resolution recognizing the contribution of sustainable tourism to poverty eradication, community development and the protection of biodiversity has been adopted by consensus by the United Nations General Assembly. Emphasizing the need to optimize the economic, social, cultural and environmental benefits stemming from sustainable tourism, particularly in developing countries, the resolution entitled “Promotion of … [Read more…]

Are you ready for Europe?

Summer is coming… It’s time to discover Europe! Ready for Europe is an ever timely initiative by the European Commission to promote Europe, the world’s number one tourism destination. Ready for Europe is a multimedia campaign that, through the slogan “Europe is ready for you. Are you ready for Europe?”, aims to show the beauty of Europe in each single aspects … [Read more…]

The “Destination Europe 2020” initiative will be officially launched today at the World Travel Market

The official launch of the“Destination Europe 2020” initiative will take place at the World Travel Market in London today. On 1 October 2012, the Commission signed an ad hoc grant agreement to support an 18 month programme of joint activities with the ETC in long haul markets. Based on the signed joint declaration at the  European … [Read more…]

EP TOURISM TASK FORCE PRIORITIES FOR 2012/2013

The European Parliament Tourism Task Force, in line with the Report on “Europe the world’s No 1 tourist destination” (2011),  proposes six priorities to work on for 2012 and 2013 : Cooperation, Tourism for all, Attracting New Flows, Diversification, Quality, Resources.  The Task Force is chaired  the TRAN Chair, currently  Mr Brian Simpson, and the standing Rapporteur from the … [Read more…]