DG MARE just announced the availability of the results of the consultation on challenges in the maritime and tourism sector.

As a Blue Growth sector, coastal and maritime tourism has been identified as an area with special potential to foster smart, sustainable and inclusive Europe. Europe’s coasts combine a rich maritime heritage and tradition with an unrivalled diversity of landscapes and natural refuges. Its oceans and seas are known for its biological richness and indescribable beauty. … [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…]

Tourism, Climate Change and Sustainability to be discussed at the Bournemouth University

The International Centre for Tourism and Hospitality Research (ICTHR) of the Bournemouth University organises the conference “Tourism, Climate Change and Sustainability” which will be celebrated at the School of Tourism of Bournemouth University (UK) from the 13th to the 14th of September 2012. The aim is to debate the broader conceptual ideas and contested relationships … [Read more…]

EP calls for a more explicit reference to tourism into EU’s structural instruments

Two opinion documents have been recently adopted by the Committee on Transport and Tourism (TRAN) of the European Parliament: one on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the Cohesion Fund and the other on the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). Both opinions, presented by the rapporteur Michael Cramer, include specific references to tourism. Regarding … [Read more…]

EU holiday destinations will delight tourists with high quality bathing water

The annual summary report on the quality of bathing water provided by the WISE (The Water Information System for Europe), reveals that 92% of bathing waters in the European Union meets the minimum water quality standards set by the Bathing Water Directive, which must be implemented by December 2014. Results show that 77.1 % of … [Read more…]

Public consultation on challenges and opportunities for maritime and coastal tourism in Europe

Acknowledging the economic potential of sustainable coastal and maritime tourism in the EU as well as the multiple challenges ahead for this sector, the European Commission will present a future Communication on the “Challenges and Opportunities for Maritime and Coastal Tourism in the EU” in 2012. In view of the preparation of this Communication, the … [Read more…]