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…]

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…]

“How to design transformative and sustainable projects that are in line with EU funding & policies”.

Free workshop in Bruxelles We invite you to meet Jlag & FEST during our event next week on the 15th of October, 14:30-17:30h at the European Travel Commission on “How to design transformative and sustainable projects that are in line with EU funding & policies”. This event is intended to give a short insight on … [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…]

UNWTO course in Qatar, 3rd edition 2014, on “Tourism Project Development”, from 7th to 11th December, in Doha

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the UNWTO.Themis Foundation and the Qatar Tourism Authority are jointly organizing the UNWTO Regional Capacity Building Course on Sustainable Tourism Project Development, to be held in Doha from 7th to 11th December 2014, and have invited officials from: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, … [Read more…]

VisitEngland launches accessible tourism campaign in 2013

VisitEngland has unveiled plans for a national marketing campaign to promote accessible tourism in England next year. The national tourist board will work with five destinations to develop exciting itineraries with top class accommodation and attractions that provide a warm welcome for all visitors including those with access needs.  The campaign, a first of its … [Read more…]

A visa policy to spur economic growth in the EU

In a strategic Communication adopted the 7th of November, the Commission has examined how the implementation and development of the common visa policy could help growth in the EU by facilitating travel opportunities for third country nationals willing to visit the EU. With a total of 18.8 million jobs in 2011, tourism has become one … [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…]