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…]


The European Parliament Tourism Task Force, in line with the Report on “Europe the world’s No 1 tourist destination” (2011),  proposes six priorities to work on for 2012 and 2013 : Cooperation, Tourism for all, Attracting New Flows, Diversification, Quality, Resources.  The Task Force is chaired  the TRAN Chair, currently  Mr Brian Simpson, and the standing Rapporteur from the … [Read more…]


The EU Commission has published a new call for proposals in the framework of the Preparatory action “Tourism and accessibility for all”, financed by the European Parliament. The overall purpose of this call is to” incentivise and reward European destinations which make accessibility as a key priority in their promotional offer”. Specific aims of the European Excellence … [Read more…]

EP disappointment on the absence of a specific budgetary line on tourism

Brian Simpson, member of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D) and Chair of the Committee on Transport and Tourism of the European Parliament (TRAN), recently presented a draft opinion on the proposal for a Council regulation laying down the multiannual financial framework (MFF) for the years 2014-2020. He calls on the Committee … [Read more…]

Tourism within the EU COSME Programme 2014-2020

The Council of the European Union, in the last Council meeting on 30th May 2012 reached an agreement on the main elements of the new Programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (COSME) that will run from 2014 to 2012. The assistant ministers holding competencies in tourism, both from Spain and … [Read more…]

EC new call for tenders on data collecting about accessible tourism

The call “Economic Impact and Travel Patterns of Accessible Tourism in Europe” has been launched by the Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry as a part of the European Parliament Preparatory Action “Tourism Accessibility for All”. The overall purpose is to collect comprehensive and EU-wide data on: the economic impact, both actual and potential, of travellers with … [Read more…]

Eco-innovation call for proposals 2012: when business meets the environment

This slogan reflects the target of the new call launched by the European Commission in the framework of the Eco-Innovation Programme, offering to Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) the opportunity to adequate their production chain to sustainable practices, therefore “bridging the gap between research and the market”. The overall tangible objective is supporting projects concerned with … [Read more…]

Transnational low season exchanges in Europe through social tourism: new funding opportunity

The European Commission has launched a new call in the framework of the CALYPSO Programme. The overall objective of the call is to support tourism-related public authorities to team up with private stakeholders to be able to undertake in the forthcoming future trans-national low season exchanges in the CALYPSO target groups (such as seniors, youths, people with disability, … [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…]