European Tourism Quality Label: European or National coordination?

Today 25 January 2012 the European Commission  is discussing with stakeholders  the 3 different operational options for the development of a “European Tourism Quality Label”. − Option 1. Full European Coordination − Option 2. European Coordination with delegation to the National Boards – Option 3. Assessment and Decision at National Level At the moment European … [Read more…]

2012 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards: finalists unveiled

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) just unveiled the twelve finalists for its 2012 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards. The awards recognise sustainable tourism achievements among businesses and destinations across the full spectrum of the industry, in four categories: Destination Stewardship Entrants have successfully managed a sustainable tourism programme at the destination level, incorporating social, cultural, … [Read more…]

How to stimulate SMEs competitiveness in the European Tourism Sector

The European Commission has recently launched the ICT & Tourism Initiative : a platform that will provide information to facilitate business relations between SMEs and big companies and support SMEs in participating in the digital value chain. This new platform will be based on 3 pillars: a policy component: it will have the form of … [Read more…]

UNWTO and the Tour Operators’ Initiative together to promote sustainable tourism

The Tour Operators’ Initiative (TOI) is a non-profit organization founded in 2000 by tour operators for tour operators with the support of the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) who are also full members of TOI. Through this Initiative, tour operators commit … [Read more…]

European Green Capital 2012

The city of Vitoria-Gasteiz (Spain) won the European Green Capital Award (EGCA) 2012. The EGCA is an initiative launched by the European Commission in 2010 to recognize the role that local authorities play in improving the environment, the economy and the quality of life of growing urban populations. Vitoria-Gasteiz is the third European city to … [Read more…]

New funding opportunities for Mediterranean Countries

The ENPI CBC MED Programme has launched the Second Call for Standard Projects. € 56,5 million are available for cross-border cooperation projects addressing the 4 Programme Priorities: 1) promotion of socio-economic development and enhancement of territories 2) promotion of environmental sustainability at basin level 3) promotion of better conditions and modalities for ensuring the mobility of persons, … [Read more…]

A conversation with the UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai

Jlag interviewed Mr. Taleb Rifai, the Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). Mr. Taleb Rifai talked with us about the main challenges of Tourism Towards 2030 and the main strategies that the European Union should follow to make tourism a driver for growth in Europe. – Tourism Towards 2030 shows that there is still a … [Read more…]

Green Tourism Report: investing in energy and resource efficiency

The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) has recently published the Green Economy Report which is the result of a three-year global research involving hundreds of experts and economists worldwide. The Report includes a chapter on tourism, developed in partnership with the World Tourism Organization; the document underlines the importance for investing in the greening of tourism … [Read more…]

Creative Europe

The European Commission’s planned new program for the cultural and creative sectors On November, 23 the European Commission presented Creative Europe, the new EU program proposed for the cultural and creative sectors, that will run from 2014 to 2020. The proposal is now under discussion by the Council of EU Ministers and the European Parliament. … [Read more…]