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.
Just like urban planning would do on land, maritime spatial planning caters for the economic, social and ecological development of a stretch of marine waters. It brings different sectors together and works across borders to ensure smart growth that preserves marine ecosystems.
How can public transport be adapted to meet seasonal demand and the needs of tourists and residents alike? As part of CIVITAS DESTINATIONS, the island of Elba is investigating how a reorganisation of its bus network might achieve this.
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.
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%).
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.
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.
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.