Public consultation on challenges and opportunities for maritime and coastal tourism in Europe

Acknowledging the economic potential of sustainable coastal and maritime tourism in the EU as well as the multiple challenges ahead for this sector, the European Commission will present a future Communication on the “Challenges and Opportunities for Maritime and Coastal Tourism in the EU” in 2012. In view of the preparation of this Communication, the … [Read more…]

Open Consultation on the European Tourism Label for Quality Systems Initiative

Until 13th July 2012, an open consultation will be available on the EC website in order to have the views of public and private organisations, and individuals on a possible EU action for ensuring the quality of tourism services in Europe. The European Parliament has called on the European Commission to assess the feasibility of … [Read more…]

Cohesion Policy and Sustainable Development

How can the Cohesion Policy contribute to the transition to green economy? A research recently carried out by a consortium led by the Institute for European Environmental Policy with the support of the European Commission, explores this issue. The publication assesses the impact of Cohesion Policy investments 2007-2013 on the environment and how sustainable development … [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…]

Implementation of the European Communication on Tourism 2010

The European Commission developed the Rolling plan for the Implementation of the 2010 EC Communication “Europe, the world’s N° 1 tourist destination – a new political framework for tourism in Europe”. The Implementation Plan, that will be updated regularly, describes the main European added-value tourism-related initiatives carried out at European and/or transnational level at present … [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…]

Role of the tourism in facing the economic crisis

Ministers of Tourism of the major economies recall the role of tourism in driving economic growth On the occasion of the 3rd T20 Ministers’ Meeting held in Paris on 25 October 2011, the Ministers of Tourism of the major economies called on decision-makers to consider tourism within their strategies to enhance the economy. They also … [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…]

European Parliament approves a resolution on Tourism in Europe

On September, 27, during the plenary session in Strasbourg, the European Parliament approved a resolution on Europe – the worlds’ No 1 tourist destination – a new political framework for tourism in Europe. On the resolution, the Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) propose to create a ‘Europe Brand’ to promote Europe as a whole … [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…]