European Parliament approves a resolution on Tourism in Europe
On September 27, during the plenary session in Strasbourg, the European Parliament voted the Report of Carlo Fidanza MEP on Europe – the worlds’ No 1 tourist destination – a new political framework for tourism in Europe. On the resolution, the Members of the European Parliament propose to create a ‘Europe Brand’ to promote Europe as a whole worldwide as a tourist destination; at the same time, they advocate for a greater quality European tourism, calling on the Commission to assess the feasibility of a ‘European quality tourism label’.
European Heritage Label
On November 16, the European Parliament and the Council adopted a decision establishing a European Union action for the European Heritage Label.
From 2013 a voluntary heritage label may be granted to symbolic sites for Europe's history or integration. The label will guarantee the quality of selected sites, such as monuments, natural, submerged, archaeological, industrial or urban sites, cultural landscapes, places of remembrance, cultural goods and objects or intangible heritage associated with a place.
'Destination Europe' - Agreement between the EC and the European Travel Commission
The European Commission and the European Travel Commission signed a Joint Declaration at the European Tourism Forum in Krakow (5-7 October 2011) to promote the image of Europe as tourism destination. Six key areas of collaboration are outlined in this declaration. They include the promotion of ‘Destination Europe’ in long-haul markets, the use of the ‘Europe – a never ending journey’ brand outside Europe and the development of pan-European cultural routes and thematic tourism products.
EU/Israel: cooperation agreement on tourism
Two joint statements of intent to improve cooperation in the fields of space and tourism have been signed between the EC and Israel. The joint declaration on tourism recognises the importance of this sector for growth and expresses the desire to strengthen bilateral tourism cooperation. Several actions have been agreed in order to facilitate tourism flows by promoting travel in the respective low seasons, thereby optimising the use of available spare airline and accommodation capacity.
T20 - Declaration on the role of tourism in driving economic growth
The Declaration, adopted during the 3rd T20 Ministers’ Meeting (Paris, 25 October 2011) underlines the key role played by tourism for the prosperity of the global economy. The document stresses the importance of encouraging the sustainable development and decent work in tourism, by guaranteeing an institutional, fiscal and economically favourable framework to this sector.
Tourism trends in the Mediterranean countries
Eurostat published a Pocketbook on Euro-Mediterranean statistics (2011 edition); the publication presents a series of key statistical data for nine non-EU Mediterranean partners (Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, occupied Palestinian territory, Syria and Tunisia) and comparative EU aggregates. One of the key theme analysed is tourism. The document includes, among others, data on: hotels average size, arrivals, departures of residents going abroad.
Green Tourism Report: investing in energy and resource efficiency
The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) has recently published the Green Economy Report which is the result of a three-year global research involving hundreds of experts and economists worldwide. The Report includes a chapter on tourism, developed in partnership with the World Tourism Organization; the document underlines the importance for investing in the greening of tourism and provides guidance on how to mobilize such investments.