During the period of 24th to 26th of May and it the framework of the Maltese semester of Presidency of the EU, the island of Malta hosted two important events:
UNWTO High Level Master Class on “Attracting Chinese Tourism to the Mediterranean Countries” (24th of May)
The Tourism High Level Conference “Enhancing Europe’s tourism competitiveness through new products” (25th - 26th of May).
Representatives from NECSTouR attended both the events.
Mrs Elena Lacasa, co-leader of the NECSTouR's Working Group on Digital Platforms, intervened during the Tourism High Level Conference, in the panel discussions on Sharing Economy: Impacts and implications of the sharing economy on tourism development.
"The collaborative economy - she said - is much more than tourism! Take it into account when defining the role of public authorities and whether they regulate or not!".
Also, Mrs Cristina Nunez, Coordinator of the Permanent Secretariat NECSTouR, intervened in the panel discussions on Coastal and Maritime Tourism, where she presented the contribution and good practices of NECSTouR regions to support this kind of tourism.
Her presentation about the innovative ideas promoted by MITOMED+ project on this field had a great impact to the audience.
On the previous day, the aim of the UNWTO High Level Master Class on “Attracting Chinese Tourism to the Mediterranean Countries” was to bring together a selection of experts from a wide spectrum of backgrounds including international organisations, trade associations, China specific experts and legislators with experience of the Chinese tourism market in order to stimulate a healthy exchange of views from the experts on how to identifying both the opportunities and the challenges of attracting Chinese tourism to the Mediterranean. Several members of NECSTouR are highly interested on this topic. If you would like to join a specific initiative of the European Commission in this sense, please contact email@example.com
Both events facilitate the interventions of High Level speakers from organizations such as the European Commission, the European Parliament, the UNWTO and Malta Tourism Ministry, being a total success.
"There have been extremely valuable recommendations - reported Mrs Nunez at the end of the two events" We are ready know to share them with our members!