The European network for responsible tourism EARTH (European Alliance for Responsible Tourism and Hospitality) is organizing a conference titled “European Realities of responsible tourism,” on Monday 2nd of December 2013 in Brussels.
The event aims to bring together European experts in responsible tourism, 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. Experts will establish a statement of responsible tourism in Europe thought testimonies of experiences, case studies, good practices and projects.
Anticipating the European elections of the European Parliament in May 2014, the members of EARTH and its partners will present to the European institutions (European Commission, European Parliament, Council of the European Union), a memorandum listing their demands and proposals. Various themes and topics will be addressed and discussed during this half-day event, in particular: environmental, socio-economic and cultural impacts of tourism, coastal tourism, gender issues in tourism, the place and the role of tourism in the social economy (in particular for cooperatives), the application of corporate social responsibility, the interpretation of heritage in responsible tourism, how to measure the efficiency of responsible tourism as a tool for local development.
In addition, European Tourism day is celebrated on December 4th in Brussels, choosing this year the theme of accessibility in tourism, which will be preceded by the European Day for people with disabilities on December 3rd.
The day is meant to create the debate and to confront different opinions by bringing together citizens, tourism organizations, associations and NGOs, national and European networks and European public authorities in order to encourage a constructive exchange on the issues of responsible and sustainable tourism.
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Where: Square de Meeûs 18 Brussels, 1050 Belgium
When: December 2nd, 2013
Contact person: Marie Sécretant, EARTH coordinator: [email protected]