PM4SD will be offered for the first time in the United States

PM4SD (Project Management For Sustainable Development) program will be offered for the first time in the United States, August 19-23 at the USF Patel College of Global Sustainability. The training event is organized through a strategic cooperation between Jlag, FEST and USF Patel College of Global Sustainability and the Blue Community. The partnership, started last year through … [Read more…]

Balkans & Black Sea Cooperation Forum

Next week I will fly for the first time to Serres to moderate the sustainable session  session  for the  «Balkans & Black Sea Cooperation Forum» . The  international conference which will be held at Serres | Central Macedonia | Greece on 25-26 May 2017 aims at highlighting cross‐border cooperation, enhancing bilateral and multilateral relations, strengthening business opportunities … [Read more…]

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…]

International Tourists to the European Union reach almost half a billion in 2016

International tourist arrivals to the European Union increased by 4% in 2016, reaching almost 500 million or 40% of the world’s total. This preliminary result is included in the first release of the ‘European Union Short-Term Tourism Trends’, a regular monitoring of EU tourism by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in the framework of the … [Read more…]

Innovation, technology and sustainability – pillars of Smart Destination

  Over three days (15-17 February) more than 100 speakers from 20 countries convened in Murcia, Spain to present solutions and experiences for ‘smart destinations’. The 1st UNWTO World Conference on Smart Destinations was organized by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in cooperation with the Ministry of Industry, Tourism and the Digital Agenda of Spain … [Read more…]

A conversation with István UJHELYI, Member of the European Parliament, Vice-Chair of the Committee on Transport and Tourism

I had the pleasure to interview  István UJHELYI, Member of the European Parliament, Vice-Chair of the Committee on Transport and Tourism and responsible for the Tourism Task Force Group of the European Parliament. István UJHELYI shares with us his vision and his approach for a growing tourism industry in EU. We talk about  The Tourism Manifesto, the … [Read more…]

2017 PM4SD Summer School: Call for Hosting Destinations

FEST – Foundation for European Sustainable Tourism – and the ETC – European Travel Commission – organize an annual Summer School , where key stakeholders, project management practitioners, funders, policy makers, academics and entrepreneurs discuss and exchange knowledge, and present innovative projects in sustainable tourism. FEST and ETC are proud to have organised 4 editions … [Read more…]

EU Commission launches call worth €1.5m to promote coastal and maritime tourism

The European Commission is making available €1.5 million to create nautical routes linking up maritime sites across Europe. The announcement was made by Karmenu Vella, Commissioner for Environment, Fisheries and Maritime Affairs, when opening the European Tourism Day conference in Brussels yesterday. With today’s call for proposals we are shining a light on Europe’s rich … [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…]

“Managing Natural and Cultural Attractions with a Sustainable Agenda”

From the European Development Days 2016 to the Leadership and Governance for Sustainable Tourism Summer School in October, Jlag and Fest with key international partners support the 2017 as he International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.  FEST organised the lab session “Managing Natural and Cultural Attractions with a Sustainable Agenda” together with the International Union for … [Read more…]