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 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…]

Tourism and Cultural projects for Africa

Cultural and Tourism Background stories for Africa to share and debate during our Lab Session How to leverage the benefits of culture for sustainable development?”  the 3rd of June from 18h00 to 19h15 organized for the EUDEVDAYS2015. The Lab Session includeS a session with Keynote Speakers and  four discussion groups led through the interactive method ‘Barcamp’. FEST , UNESCO and the … [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…]

September, the Month of the European Heritage Days

September has just started, which means that the European Heritage Days are here. This yearly event was launched in 1985 and has been organized since 1999 as a joint action between the European Commission and the Council of Europe. The signatory 50 states of the European Cultural Convention take part in the event, by putting … [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…]

EU Prize for Cultural Heritage-Europa Nostra Awards winners announced

On the evening of the 1st of June, at the Jerónimos Monastery in Lisbon, the winners of the EU Prize for Cultural Heritage-Europa Nostra Awards were announced, with the presence of Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, and Plácido Domingo, the world-renowned tenor and President of Europa Nostra. This year 28 … [Read more…]

New EC initiative “Crossroads of Europe” to promote European Cultural and Religious Routes

The European Commission organises the first annual event “Crossroads of Europe” whose aim is to highlight places and routes in Europe associated with a coming together of different cultures. For the first year, the event  will be focused on cultural and religious routes and it will take place  in Pavia (Italy) from 6th to 10th June 2012.  ‘Crossroads of Europe’ … [Read more…]