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 Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries and the Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry, in a joint initiative, have launched a Public Consultation, which will be open until 9 July 2012.

This consultation aims at gathering the opinion of individuals and stakeholders that have an interest in and would like to shape the EU actions in the maritime and coastal tourism sectors. A questionnaire can be submitted to collect all stakeholders opinion.

The consultation is open in order to allow an initial processing of responses in time to feed into discussions during the forthcoming European Tourism Day 2012, to be held in Brussels, on 27 September. This year’s edition of the European Tourism Day will have a dedicated strand for coastal and maritime tourism.

The European Commission has been developing elements for a strategy for coastal and maritime tourism based on the implementation of the Communication “Europe, the world’s No. 1 tourist destination – a new political framework for tourism in Europe (2010) and as part of its strategy on Integrated Maritime Policy (Communication “An Integrated Maritime Policy for the European Union”, 2007).

In the context of the Europe 2020 Strategy, and in particular the Blue Growth concept (sustainable growth from oceans, seas and coasts), coastal and maritime tourism will have an important role to play, requiring a thorough analysis and involvement of all interested parties.

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