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…]

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 Call for proposal: EUROPEAN EXCELLENCE AWARD FOR ACCESSIBLE TOURISM

The EU Commission has published a new call for proposals in the framework of the Preparatory action “Tourism and accessibility for all”, financed by the European Parliament. The overall purpose of this call is to” incentivise and reward European destinations which make accessibility as a key priority in their promotional offer”. Specific aims of the European Excellence … [Read more…]

Transnational low season exchanges in Europe through social tourism: new funding opportunity

The European Commission has launched a new call in the framework of the CALYPSO Programme. The overall objective of the call is to support tourism-related public authorities to team up with private stakeholders to be able to undertake in the forthcoming future trans-national low season exchanges in the CALYPSO target groups (such as seniors, youths, people with disability, … [Read more…]

International Local and Regional Authorities Network for Social Tourism

During the plenary meeting of the International Social Tourism Organisation, which has been held on May, 26 – 27 in Östersund (Sweden), the first Directory of the International Social Tourism Organisation’s Network of Local and Regional Authorities (ISTO) has been presented. The work provides a short presentation of each member region, its policies, programs and activities … [Read more…]

Social tourism in Europe: new call for proposal within CALYPSO Programme

The Directorate General Enterprise and Industry of the European Commission has published a new call for proposal in the framework of CALYPSO. This programme aims at facilitating trans-national exchanges in the tourist low season for specific disadvantaged target groups (seniors, youths, people with disability, families with low income). Moreover, it encourages, through the social policy … [Read more…]