EU maintains its position as no.1 tourist destination in the world

The latest United Nation World Tourism Organisation Barometer indicates that international tourist arrivals to the European Union were up by 2.3% in 2012, compared to 2011 which already benefited from a significant increase (+5.1%). In 2012 total arrivals to the European Union are estimated at 400.1 million, which means 9.2 million more than in 2011. … [Read more…]

VisitEngland launches accessible tourism campaign in 2013

VisitEngland has unveiled plans for a national marketing campaign to promote accessible tourism in England next year. The national tourist board will work with five destinations to develop exciting itineraries with top class accommodation and attractions that provide a warm welcome for all visitors including those with access needs.  The campaign, a first of its … [Read more…]

European Commission proposes priority objectives for the environment and climate to 2020

The European Commission has adopted a proposal for a new Environment Action Programme, which will provide an overarching framework for EU environment and climate policy up to 2020. The proposal aims to enhance Europe’s ecological resilience and transform the EU into an inclusive and sustainable green economy. Accelerating the transition to the low-carbon economy is … [Read more…]

Tourism and SMEs: the keys to sustainable development in the Mediterranean

The European Investment Bank (EIB) and the Association of the Mediterranean Chambers of Commerce and Industry (ASCAME), aware of the major role played by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and the development of sustainable tourism for the economies of the Mediterranean countries to thrive, gave a strong signal in Marseille to small business leaders, key … [Read more…]

DG MARE just announced the availability of the results of the consultation on challenges in the maritime and tourism sector.

As a Blue Growth sector, coastal and maritime tourism has been identified as an area with special potential to foster smart, sustainable and inclusive Europe. Europe’s coasts combine a rich maritime heritage and tradition with an unrivalled diversity of landscapes and natural refuges. Its oceans and seas are known for its biological richness and indescribable beauty. … [Read more…]

A visa policy to spur economic growth in the EU

In a strategic Communication adopted the 7th of November, the Commission has examined how the implementation and development of the common visa policy could help growth in the EU by facilitating travel opportunities for third country nationals willing to visit the EU. With a total of 18.8 million jobs in 2011, tourism has become one … [Read more…]

Training for European Sustainable Tourism

A EU roundtable and network event is organized in Bruxelles to launch “PM4ESD™”, Project Management for European Sustainable Tourism, a new project management methodology for the tourism sector. Public authorities, private organizations, professionals, and stakeholders involved in the tourism sector are invited to discuss about the importance of governance and management for a competitive tourism in Europe. The event is … [Read more…]

The “Destination Europe 2020” initiative will be officially launched today at the World Travel Market

The official launch of the“Destination Europe 2020” initiative will take place at the World Travel Market in London today. On 1 October 2012, the Commission signed an ad hoc grant agreement to support an 18 month programme of joint activities with the ETC in long haul markets. Based on the signed joint declaration at the  European … [Read more…]

Delivering Europe 2020 requires more involvement of local and regional authorities and more financial investment

A report published by the Committee of the Regions (CoR) has shown that whilst there is widespread awareness and support for Europe 2020 – the EU’s growth strategy – there is an urgent need to commit more financial resources and to better engage local and regional authorities if its ambitious targets are to be met. … [Read more…]