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…]

Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs: an opportunity for rural tourism. Angela Di Rubbo, who manages “Regio Tratturo Agriturismo” tells us her story as host organization.

My name is Angelica Di Rubbo and I manage my family-run agritourism called Regio Tratturo and located in Ariano Irpino (www.regiotratturo.com), Southern Italy. At the beginning of 2012, Jleg Consulting suggested that we take part in the “Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs”, an exchange program promoted by the European Commission. Our first thought was that this … [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…]

Promoting the tastes of Europe

On March, 30 the European Commission adopted a Communication on the promotion and information measures for European agricultural products. Through the document, the Commission intends to make the agriculture and agri-food sector more dynamic and more competitive and to promote sustainable, intelligent and inclusive growth. In order to achieve this goal, the Commission proposed key … [Read more…]