This study focusses on the current situation in the European Union regarding quality and sustainability labelling in tourism. There is concern that the existing volume and variety of labels has become a barrier to consumer choice, which in consequence may lead to lost opportunities to increase the competitiveness of the European tourism industry. The study analyses the possibility of the introduction of an EU standard(s) for tourism services through the initiation of a harmonised EU certification system and the potential for the establishment of a single European tourism label.
In addition to the EFSI operation with Valamar, the EIB is also pleased to announce the signature of a EUR 15m loan to HBOR to support investments targeting biodiversity conservation and climate adaptation, particularly focusing on green infrastructure projects. This operation benefits from the support of the Natural Capital Financing Facility (NCFF), a financial instrument developed jointly by the EIB and the European Commission. The loan will be accompanied by technical assistance to help HBOR identify and foster eligible business and public-sector investment opportunities in this strategically important field to encourage green growth.
Yesterday, the President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani signed a memorandum of understanding with the Secretary-General of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation, Zurab Pololikashvili. The aim of the MoU is to enhance cooperation and synergies between the two institutions in the promotion of tourism.
A summary of the consideration of the draft opinion is now available.
The aim of the Year is to promote the tourism sector and increase the flow of visitors on both sides. This ties in with DESTINATIONS’ efforts to promote the six project locations – all tourist islands – as being potential holiday destinations for Chinese tourists.
Hanspeter Wagner, rapporteur on tourism for the European Committee of the Regions (CoR), attended the informal Council of EU Tourism Ministers. At the meeting in Sofia on 13 February, he called for better coverage of tourism in the EU budget and for a “European Citizens Travel Card”.
Ministers responsible for tourism from EU member states discussed in Sofia the establishment of a European Tourism Fund. It will promote the sustainable development of the sector and will help resolve any arising issues in areas like funding, staffing, the creation of joint projects, and others.
The fifth webinar on the topic of ‘Digital for tourism’ will build upon the previous webinars in the series. Watch the previous webinars if you have missed any. This webinar will focus on your website and related marketing efforts. Empower yourself to use your website and website marketing techniques as tools to drive growth in your business. In doing so, you will increase the number of people who visit your website and ultimately nurture relationships with new customers.
During a high-level meeting on tourism taking place in Sofia on 13 February 2018, representatives from 30 EU and Balkan countries will discuss the sustainable development of the tourism sector and its role as a driver for economic growth. The focus of three panel discussions will be the EU tourism regulations, security and the possibilities for boosting cooperation between Europe and China.
Digital technologies are disrupting the way tourism SMEs do business much faster than ever before. Are you prepared for the opportunities this rapid change is creating? Over the course of 15 short webinars, learn about digital technologies available to small tourism businesses in Europe. You will gain practical advice on each of them to drive growth in your business.