SAVE THE DATES!
December 2th: EARTH European Realities on Sustainable Tourism
December 3rd: Accessible Tourism in Europe
December 4th: European Tourism Day
As the winter season approaches, so does the Brussels atmosphere brightens up with new events, debates and mind-enriching discussions on Sustainable Tourism.
We would like to highlight three events taking place in Brussels on the first week of December.
The second one we suggest is the Bridging the Skills Gap, hosted by the European Commission DG Enterprise and Industry, jointly with the European Travel and Tourism Action Group (ETAG) and the Association for Tourism and Leisure Education (ATLAS) (December 3rd).
The third one is a High-Level conference on Accessible Tourism in Europe, organised by the European Commission DG Justice and DG Enterprise and Industry, with the two-fold objective of celebrating and raising awareness of the European Day of Persons with Disabilities (December 3rd) and the European Tourism day ( December 4th).
Here is a short summary of the what is happening during the three events above-mentioned:
EARTH– The European Realities on Sustainable Tourism
|Location: Square de Meeûs 18- 1050 BrusselsDate: December 2nd, 2013Time: 13.00-18.00More info: Registration are now closed. For additional information please contact Marie Sécretant, EARTH coordinator : [email protected]Website: www.earth-net.eu|
The event will bring together European experts in Responsible Tourism from Germany, Italy, Spain, France, Austria and Ireland, who will present their proposals to the European Institutions, on how to include the principles of sustainable and responsible tourism in all the European tourism policies. The topics of debate will cover the environmental-socio-economic and cultural impact of tourism in the social economy. Among others, gender issues in tourism will be discussed, the application of corporate social responsibility and the question on how to measure the efficiency of responsible tourism as a tool for local development will be tackled. The day is meant to create the debate and the exchange of different opinions by bringing together citizens, tourism organisations, associations and NGO’s, national and European networks and European Public authorities in order to encourage a constructive exchange on the issues of responsible and sustainable tourism.
European Commission DG Enterprise and Industry- Bridging the Skills Gap
|Location: Berlaymont building, CINE room, Rue de la Loi 200 – 1000 BrusselsDate: December 3rd, 2013Time: 15.00-17.30DG Enterprise and Industry newsroom with additional info: http://bit.ly/1bRDiNt|
The debate will revolve around the central necessity of improving skills and competencies at European level in the Tourism Industry. Tourism operators, academics and a representative from the European Commission DG Education and Culture will have a roundtable of speeches and exchanges on how to bridge this gap to ensure that European Tourism remains competitive in the International arena.
European Commission DG Justice & DG Enterprise and Industry – High Level Conference on Accessible Tourism in Europe
|Location: Building Charlemagne, De Gasperi room, Rue de la Loi 170- 100 BrusselsDate: December 3rd-4th 2013Time: from 8.00 to 18.00 (December 3rd ), from 8.00 to 17.00 (December 4th)DG Enterprise and Industry newsroom with additional info: http://bit.ly/1cMom4W|
The European Commission- DG Justice and DG Enterprise and Industry- will celebrate on December 3rd and on December 4th 2013 the “European Day of Persons with Disabilities” and the “European Tourism Day” with this joint conference on “Accessible Tourism in Europe”.
December 3rd 2013 “European Day of Persons with Disabilities”
In the first morning session of the conference an overview of the passengers’ rights will be delivered, along with the ICT instruments used with the purpose of facilitating and making tourism more accessible.
In the afternoon session some real-life cases from Belgium, Spain, England will be explained, in the cultural routes, amusement parks and sea-beach environments.
In the second part of the afternoon ( 17.00-18.00) Miss Viviane Reding, Vice-President of the European Commission will be announcing the Access City Awards 2014– The European Prize for making cities more accessible to people with disabilities and older people.
December 4th 2013 “European Tourism Day”
With opening speeches from European Parliament members, Committee for Transport and Tourism, the full day will be devoted to forum discussions and real cases from Spain, Italy, UK, Austria, for unlocking the potential of an Accessible and Open Europe by driving growth at national and local level.
The final conference conclusions will be drawn by Mr. Antonio Tajani, Vice-President of the European Commission.
Check the full programmes here:
|EARTH-European Realities of Responsible Tourismhttp://earth-net.eu/2013/11/14/rdv-euconferenceerrt/
Bridging the Skills Gap
Accessible Tourism in Europe