Gothenburg and Malaga were selected as the winners of the second edition of the EU’s European capital of smart tourism competition, following a jury meeting in Helsinki on 8 October 2019.
The European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) published its Thematic Review on Consumer Protection Issues in Travel Insurance. With economic recovery, in the aftermath of the financial crisis, coupled with decreasing travel costs, travellers’ numbers have been growing each year. This has led to growth in the travel insurance market.
A summary of the hearing is now available.
Among the around 1 billion trips made by EU* residents in 2017, 9% were package trips, meaning that at least transport and accommodation, or one of these together with another essential tourism service, were booked through a tour operator or a travel agency. This method of booking trips was more common for outbound trips (22% of all outbound trips), than for domestic trips (4%).
Who is working in the tourism industries air transport, accommodation and travel agencies & tour operators? There is a larger share of women (59%) compared with total employment (46%), a greater proportion of young people (12% compared with 8%) and also a larger share of people working part-time (24% compared with 20%).
A summary of the Council’s policy debate on A Clean Planet for all: A European strategic vision for a climate neutral economy – Aviation aspects is now available.
The European Committee of the Regions (CoR) has decided to prepare an own-initiative opinion to facilitate this bottom-up initiative to establish this fifth EU Macro-regional strategy and has appointed Mr Władysław Ortyl (ECR/PL), President of the Podkarpackie Region, as rapporteur.
France had the highest number of bed-places in tourist accommodation establishments* in 2017 (5.1 million or 16.1% of the EU’s total), followed by Italy (5.0 mio. or 15.9%), the United Kingdom (3.9 mio. in 2016, or 12.4%), Spain (3.6 mio. or 11.2%) and Germany (3.4 mio. or 10.6%).
In the EU in 2017, 50% of internet users said that they booked their holiday accommodation or travel via the internet. This share was highest among internet users in Luxembourg (73%), Finland (65%) and Germany (64%). Booking holiday accommodation or travel via the internet was less common among internet users aged 16 to 24 (41%) and older users aged 65 to 74 (47%). Internet bookings were most popular among those aged 25 to 34 (55%).