The EU is the first touristic destination in the world and Europe’s rich maritime heritage offers huge opportunities for further sustainable coastal tourism. New companies successful in the “Nautical Routes of Europe” call kicked of their projects today.
The number of nights spent in the EU by tourists from China more than tripled over the last ten years, to reach nearly 25 million nights in 2016. Growth of tourism from China has risen more than that from other major economies such as the USA, Russia or Brazil. Tourists from China account for almost 6% of the total number of nights spent in the EU by non-EU nationals.
The agenda includes items related to energy & climate, environment, trade and transport policy.
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8% booked transport services.
The European Union today concluded negotiations with Tunisia for a far reaching aviation agreement. It will improve market access for airlines and provide better connectivity, more choice as well as lower fares for travellers. This new agreement is expected to bring an additional 800,000 passengers over a 5 year period. More flights also mean more jobs and more wealth for all partners. It is estimated that the agreement could generate 2.7% GDP growth from travel and tourism, and increase annual traffic by up to 13% per year.
A summary of the Council’s policy debate on the road charging aspects of the mobility package is now available.
You don’t need to be Odysseus to travel across seas. You don’t have to read Jules Verne to live an adventure and you don’t need a time machine to travel through history. The Western Black Sea Cultural Heritage NIRD project seems to have found the way. Funded by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF), the project promotes underwater tourism in Romania and Bulgaria.