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…]

UNWTO course in Qatar, 3rd edition 2014, on “Tourism Project Development”, from 7th to 11th December, in Doha

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the UNWTO.Themis Foundation and the Qatar Tourism Authority are jointly organizing the UNWTO Regional Capacity Building Course on Sustainable Tourism Project Development, to be held in Doha from 7th to 11th December 2014, and have invited officials from: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, … [Read more…]

Mediterranean countries agree on common strategies to boost tourism in the region

On the occasion of the UNWTO Conference on The Future of Mediterranean Tourism that took place in Djerba (Tunisia) from 16th to 17th April 2012, Mediterranean states agreed to strengthen their cooperation to consolidate tourism in the region. During the meeting representatives of 33 countries in the Mediterranean and beyond discussed the future of tourism … [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…]

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…]

A survey highlights the importance of Sustainable Tourism in Mediterranean countries

Tourism is a key lever for economic development in the Mediterranean Sea Basin. Despite this great potential, the region faces problems in relation to water resources, energy needs, waste production. Moreover, the area  needs for environmental protection, with an increasing demand for environmentally friendly tourism services. Responding to this need, the Special Agency of the … [Read more…]

Cross-border cooperation within the Mediterranean area– Call for proposal for strategic projects launched

The call for proposal for strategic projects under the multilateral cross-border cooperation programme “ENPI CBC Mediterranean Sea Basin Programme 2007/2013″ is officially open! Project proposals shall refer to one of the following priorities: Priority 1 – Agro-food industry – Sustainable tourism – Integrated coastal zone management Priority 2 – Water management – Waste treatment and recycling – Solar energy Eligible countries … [Read more…]

Eu stresses the importance of tourism in Southern Mediterranean

During the extraordinary European Council of 11 March 2011 the heads of state and government of the EU welcomed the joint communication “Partnership for Democracy and Shared Prosperity with the Southern Mediterranean” . It is a joint Communication of the Commission and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. This policy paper … [Read more…]