Promoting the tastes of Europe
The European Commission adopted a Communication on the promotion and information measures for European agricultural products. Through the document, the Commission intends to make the agriculture and agri-food sector in Europe more dynamic and more competitive. Food is an increasingly important attraction for tourists. High-quality agro-food products are resources that enable tourism to be developed, especially in rural areas and less known destinations. Food tourism industry should take advantage from this new European promotion policy.
Public consultation on challenges and opportunities for maritime and coastal tourism in Europe
The European Commission will present a 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 Commission has launched a public consultation, open until 6 August 2012. The Commission is inviting all stakeholders involved in coastal and maritime tourism to express their views regarding appropriate measures to foster the potential of this area of tourism. Coastal and maritime tourism play a key role in the context of the
Europe 2020 strategy. A European approach to this area of tourism can contribute to answering the internal and external challenges currently facing these sectors of activity such as increasing competition from non-European destinations and seasonality.
The consultation is available at: ec.europa.eu/fisheries
Mediterranean and Europe: current cooperation and future perspectives in sustainable tourism
The European Commission organised a seminar on 21 and 22 June 2012 in Brussels, focused on exchange of good practices on sustainable tourism between the EU and the Mediterranean Partner Countries. Representatives from Croatia, Egypt, Jordan, Israel, Lebanon, Morocco, and Tunisia, explained their national strategies to improve sustainability in tourism. The event was an occasion to present the more recent developments of the EU policy in the field of tourism with a particular focus on sustainability and to provide some room for dialogue and debate among all participants. The possibility to extend the EU initiatives EDEN and Calypso to MED countries was also explored.
Presentations are available at: http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise
European Tourism Label for Quality Systems
The European Commission has just closed a public consultation to collect the opinions of public and private stakeholders and individuals on the development of a European Tourism Quality Label. Currently, there is a wide variety of public and private initiatives in this field, but they lack of consistency and coordination. The European Tourism Label for Quality Systems is part of an holistic European strategy in the field of tourism. The consultation will help the Commission to assess the impact of the proposed initiative.
Summer season tourism trends in 2011
In the 2011 summer season (June-September), tourism recorded positive growth rates in most of the EU and EFTA countries, compared with the same period in 2010. This trend is confirmed both by the number of nights spent in hotels and similar establishments, and by the net occupancy rates of bed-places in these establishments. Comparing the monthly figures for the 2011 summer season with the previous year, nearly 35 million more nights (+4.8%) were spent in hotels and similar establishments in the European Union. The highest increases were observed in Bulgaria (+21.1%), Romania (+17.5%) and Lithuania (+16.8%).
Data are available at: epp.eurostat.ec.europa.eu
European tourism in 2012 – trends and prospects
The European Travel Commission (ETC) has just published this year’s first quarterly report on European Tourism in 2012 – Trends & Prospects. Many destinations are showing continued visitor growth in the early part of 2012. Travel has been especially strong in Eastern Europe with occupancy rates surging by 7.5% in the early part of the year. Northern European hotel demand has also continued to grow with nearly 2% growth in occupancy. As a new reference for destination strategy, the document includes a series of market share analyses for ten of Europe’s largest source markets.
The report is available at: http://www.etc-corporate.org
G20 Declaration recognises the importance of Travel & Tourism
The G20 world leaders have, for the first time, recognized the socio-economic value of Travel & Tourism. The G20 Declaration, signed at the annual meeting of the G20 world leaders, held in Los Cabos (Mexico), on 18-19 June 2012, underlines "the role of travel and tourism as a vehicle for job creation, economic growth and development”. World leaders commit to “work towards developing travel facilitation initiatives in support of job creation, quality work, poverty reduction and global growth”. This is an important success for the tourism industry: improving visa process and entry formalities can boost the international tourist numbers in G20 countries.
The G20 Leaders' Declaration is available at: http://consilium.europa.eu