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…]

The European Nature System: more transparency and mobility in nature and rural tourism

The European Nature System is an ECVET (European Credit for Vocational Education and Training) process to put in transparency and recognize across Europe the learning outcomes and the qualifications of the professional figures in the nature-based tourism in the rural areas of Europe. The project encourages and facilitates the European mobility for workers in nature … [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…]

‘EC4S’: the town twinning as a model for sustainable tourism

A new project, “European Citizens for Sustainability” (EC4S) has been financed by the European Commission within the Europe for Citizens Programme. EC4S is a town twinning project, aiming to promote a first direct exchange between citizens of two towns, the Municipality of Cassano Irpino (Italy) and the Municipality of Râșnov (Romania). Through a six days meeting, … [Read more…]

Rural tourism: first International Congress in Romania

“Rural tourism – a tool for identity building and a chance for quality standards”: this is the title of the international congress on rural tourism which took place in Alba Iulia, Romania, from 4th to 5th of May, 2011. The organization of the first international congress of rural tourism in Romania appeared after the country was … [Read more…]