A conversation with Gérard Ruiz, the President of the ‘Global Partnership for Sustainable Tourism’

On the occasion of the Second Annual Conference of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Tourism, a task force promoted by UNEP with the mission to transform tourism around the world by making it more sustainable, Jlag has interviewed the President: Mr Gérard Ruiz. The interview was realized before the Conference, hosted in Seoul by the … [Read more…]

Future implementation of the European Tourism Quality Label

Which are the options for the future implementation of the European Tourism Quality Label (ETQ)? The European Commission discussed this topic with stakeholders during an open conference that took place on January, 25. Regarding operational options, the majority of stakeholders expressed their support for a full European Coordination (option 1): the majority also agreed on … [Read more…]

Which future for the European Capitals of Culture?

During the last plenary session of the Committee of Regions (CoR), that took place on 15th and 16th February 2012, the future of the European Capitals of Culture has been discussed. The draft opinion presented by Anton Rombouts, the CoR Rapporteur on this dossier, has been voted. The European Commission is currently working on a … [Read more…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

EU/Israel: cooperation agreement on tourism

European Commission Vice President Antonio Tajani visited Israel from 30 October to 1 November to explore new opportunities for joint work.  The visit was aimed at strengthening the relations in the fields of industrial cooperation and entrepreneurship with particular focus on areas such as innovation, standards, satellite navigation programmes, SMEs and tourism. On the occasion … [Read more…]

Strengthening tourism flows between South America and Europe

“50.000 Tourists” initiative How to promote Europe as a tourism destination? How to extend the seasonal trends of tourism? The European Commission (EC) is facing these challenges through an initiative called “50.000 tourists” aiming at developing tourist flows between South America and the European Union by making use of available spare airline and accommodation capacity … [Read more…]

“Destination Europe”

European Tourism Forum 2011: stimulating competitiveness in the European tourism sector The 10th European Tourism Forum (ETF) was held in Krakow (Poland) from 5th to 7th October, around the theme “Stimulating competitiveness in the European Tourism Sector”. The event was organised by the Ministry of Sport and Tourism of the Republic of Poland in cooperation … [Read more…]