OPP Meeting Summary: EP TRAN Committee – Cohesion Policy and thematic objective ‘promoting sustainable transport’ (19 February 2018)

A summary of the consideration of the draft opinion is now available.

State Aid Case: SA.48574 Opération 7.5.1.: Infrastructures touristique-récréatives et information

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Webinar: Understanding your digital landscape

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.

Agenda: EP TRAN Committee Meeting (26-27 February 2018)

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Event: Meeting of the tourism ministers of the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) member countries (Sofia, Bulgaria, 14 June 2018)

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Event: International Forum on Tourism and Energy within the framework of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (Sofia, Bulgaria, 23 May 2018)

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Press Release: Thirty EU and Balkan countries meet in Sofia to discuss the economic role of tourism

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.

Event: Cultural tourism round table during the “Cultural Tourism” Expo, Veliko Tarnovo (Sofia, Bulgaria, 19 April 2018)

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Webinar: Developing your content plan

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.

Event: High-level Meeting of the Ministers of Tourism of the EU member states “Tourism and economic growth” (Sofia, 13 February 2018)

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Event: Will China take the lead?… and what’s in it for Europe? (Antwerp, 27 April 2018)

During a one-day conference, April 27th, Chinese and European business people will have the opportunity to gain new insights on business strategies, intercultural exchange and the benefits of cooperation. Furthermore, THE ANTWERP FORUM surely is the place to be for meeting new business partners and initiating long-term relationships across the world.

UPDATED – Merger Case: M.8759 CEFC GROUP (EUROPE) COMPANY / ROCKAWAY CAPITAL / EUROPEAN BRIDGE TRAVEL

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Press Release: Number of nights spent in the EU up in 2017

In 2017, the number of nights spent in tourist accommodation establishments in the European Union (EU) is expected to have reached more than 3.2 billion, up by 5.1% compared with 2016. Since 2009, there has been a steady increase in the number of nights spent in tourist accommodation establishments in the EU, notably driven by the rise in the nights spent by non-residents of the country visited. In 2017, Spain (471 million nights, +3.6% compared with 2016) retained its lead, ahead of France (431 mn, +6.6%), Italy (425 mn, +5.4%) and Germany (400 mn, +2.7%).

Press Release: EU-China Year of Tourism launched in Venice

The Chinese are quickly becoming the largest group of intercontinental travellers. Those travelling to Europe are now spending more money on average than American visitors. Many of them see Europe as a single destination, visiting 3 to 4 countries per trip. While more and more Europeans are also travelling to China, tourism is one of the few sectors where the EU has a positive balance of payments with China. The 2018 EU-China Tourism Year (ECTY) aims at increasing the flow of visitors and investment on both sides. Given the high number of Chinese tourists visiting Europe, the activities of the year are likely to bring considerable benefits to the EU industry. It is also an occasion for European and Chinese communities to get to know and appreciate each other better.

Press release: EU investments needed to unlock Arctic region’s economic development

A new report by the Arctic Stakeholder Forum, an initiative set up by the EU gathering public authorities and civil society, calls to strengthen EU investments in the world’s northernmost region. Most pressing needs identified are digital infrastructure such as broadband coverage, as well as better transport connections.

Press Release: Launch of EU-China Tourism Year 2018

On Friday 19 January, the EU-China Tourism Year (ECTY) will be launched at the Doge’s Palace in Venice. This initiative provides a unique opportunity to increase the number of visits, promote sustainable tourism, stimulate investment opportunities for Europe and China, and underpin the ongoing negotiations on EU-China visa facilitation and air connectivity. The year will be opened by the Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, Elżbieta Bieńkowska, European Parliament President Antonio Tajani, the Bulgarian Minister of Tourism representing the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, Nikolina Angelkova, the Italian Minister of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism, Dario Franceschini, the Vice-Chairman of the CPPCC National Committee, Mr. Qi Xuchun, and the Vice-Chairman of the China National Tourism Administration, Du Jiang.

Speech: Commissioner Bieńkowska speech at the Opening of the 2018 EU-China Tourism Year

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