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Tourism Around Europe
JLAG NEWSLETTER ISSUE n. 1 Thursday 15 September 2011
A conversation with EC Vice-President Antonio Tajani
Tourism Observatory
Funding Opportunities
The European Tourism Agenda

Welcome to the first issue of  « Tourism Around Europe » - a quarterly newsletter for competitive tourism in Europe. Our aim is to disseminate European tourism policies and practices. We wish to encourage the exchange of knowledge regarding European tourism themes, actions and challenges. Each issue includes a conversation with influential leaders and thinkers within the sector.

We are very proud to launch the first newsletter with an interview to Mr Antonio Tajani, Vice-President of the European Commission, responsible for Industry and Entrepreneurship. He illustrates the main results and activities achieved one year after the adoption of the Communication on Tourism and he talks about "Industrial Tourism", the topic chosen for the European Tourism Day 2011, which will take place in Brussels the 27th of September.

Silvia Barbone
Jlag Managing Director

A conversation with EC Vice-President Antonio Tajani

"Tourism is one of Europe's most important economic activities directly generating more than 5% of European Union's GDP and employing over 5% of the total labour force, nearly 10 million jobs – EC Vice - President Antonio Tajani says, answering to Jlag interview on  the occasion of the European Tourism Day 2011.
Many actions to promote Europe as first destination have been undertaken by the European Commission in line with the Communication on Tourism adopted in June 2010.
"We are implementing several communication related initiatives" - Vice - President Antonio Tajani says — "including promotion campaigns for thematic trans-national tourism products, taking the best advantage of the cultural diversity of European tourism destinations, and the European Destinations of Excellence (EDEN) Award. This award promotes sustainable tourism development models across Europe as well as drawing attention to some of Europe's non traditional tourist destinations and hidden gems. This year's theme is Tourism and Regeneration of Physical sites and the EDEN Award Ceremony for winning destinations will be held in Brussels on the 27th September 2011, together with the European Tourism Day".
"The Commission" — he stressed — "will continue its relentless efforts to ensure a competitive and sustainable growth for the European tourism".

full interview...

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Mr. Antonio Tajani
Tourism Observatory

Adoption of a new regulation on European statistics on tourism
A new Regulation 692/2011 concerning European statistics on tourism has recently been adopted.
The main aim of the new statistic framework is to improve the accuracy and reliability of statistics of European tourism, delivering better harmonized and faster information.
The Regulation will have an important role in the framework of the new European strategy on tourism, allowing a better monitoring of consumer needs.

Vote of MEP Carlo Fidanza Report on the European Tourism Policy
The next European Parliament plenary session will take place in Strasbourg from 26th to 29th September.
During the session, the MEP Carlo Fidanza Report on European tourism policy will be voted.
The Report recognizes the importance to work on a new strategy to promote Europe as the first tourism destination in the world. Following the introduction by the Lisbon Treaty of new competences in the field of tourism, a number of initiatives at European and multinational level are proposed in this Report. The aim is to encourage a coordinated approach for initiatives linked to tourism within the EU and define a new framework for action to increase its competitiveness and its capacity for sustainable growth.

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Project Management for European Sustainable Development
Project Management and Sustainable Tourism. This combination forms the basis of PM4ESD «Project Management for European Sustainable Development», a new methodology for designing and managing tourist and cultural projects.
The 30th of September the methodology will be launched during a public conference organized in Portici at Villa Savonarola. Policy makers, academics and stakeholders will discuss about “Governance and Project Management” as  key factors for sustainable tourism.
PM4ESD is based on PRINCE2® (Projects IN Controlled Environments), a structured method for effective project management widely recognised and used in the public and private sectors.
The PM4ESD Manual will be available in English, Italian, German, Polish and Turkish; it includes forewords of Carlo Fidanza, Member of the European Parliament – Rapporteur for the European Parliament on the new political framework for tourism in Europe and Christiane Dabdoub Nasser, Team Leader for the Euromed Heritage Programme.
For registration to the conference and/or a free copy of the manual email to:

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Funding Opportunities

DG Enterprise and Industry: call for proposal “Trans-national cooperation projects on European Cultural Routes
The deadline for submission of proposals is 07/10/2011

DG Enterprise and Industry: call for proposal "Promoting Social Tourism in Europe through the Development of a Demand-Supply Web-Based Platform"

The deadline for submission of proposals is 14/10/2011

Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP) call for proposals 2012 -
The LLP 2012 General Call has been published by the European Commission on the 9th of August 2011. Application forms will be uploaded on 30th September. The Lifelong Learning Infoday will take place in Brussels  on 28 October 2011

ENPI CBCMED – Second call for proposals for standard projects
According to the Annual Work Programme for Grants (published on 30 March 2011) the second call for standard projects will be launched in October 2011 with an indicate amount of € 38 million.

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The European Tourism Agenda
  • 12 – 13 September 1st UNWTO International Conference on Tourism and the Media “Tourism in the Headlines”, Zagreb (Croatia) - go to the web page
  • 15 – 16 September First International Congress on Ethics and Tourism, Madrid (Spain) - go to the web page
  • 20 – 21 September First Regional Cooperation Conference for Sustainable Tourism Development, Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina) - go to the web page
  • 27 September European Tourism Day, Brussels (Belgium) - go to the web page
  • 05 – 07 October European Tourism Forum, Krakow (Poland) - go to the web page
  • 27 – 29 October Second International Conference on the Measurement and Economic Analysis of Regional Tourism, Bilbao (Spain) - go the web page
  • 23 – 25 November European Social Tourism Forum, Malta - go to the web page

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