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Baseline Report on the Integration of Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns into Tourism Policies

Jun 25, 2019

 

Advancing sustainable consumption and production (SCP) patterns is essential if the sector is to contribute effectively to sustainable development. UNWTO expects international tourist arrivals to reach 1.8 billion by 2030, if not before. As the sector is growing faster than the world economy or international trade, the need to decouple its growth from the use of natural resources is of high importance. 

 

2018 EU-China Tourism Year - Actions and results

Jun 24, 2019

 

Agreed in 2016 by the Chinese Prime Minister and the President of the European Commission, the 2018 EU-China Tourism Year (ECTY) was a unique opportunity to attract more Chinese travellers off the beaten path, stimulate European investment in China, and give extra impetus to EU-China visa facilitation (negotiation launched in May 2017) and air connectivity (Horizontal Agreement initialled in Dec 2017).

T he Year was implemented by the European Commission and the Chinese Ministry for Culture and Tourism.

Barcelona Declaration of Tourism and Cultural Heritage: “Better Places to Live Better Places to Visit”

Jun 01, 2019

 

2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage (EYCH). Acknowledging the unique momentum of the 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage, NECSTouR - the European Network of Regions for Competitive and Sustainable Tourism - took the initiative to establish a Pan European Dialogue to foster greater synergy between tourism and cultural stakeholders.

Two key NECSTouR Events:

Manifesto for the European Elections 2019 by the EU Parliament Intergroup on "Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development"

Apr 12, 2019

 

The Intergroup on "Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development" released a Manifesto listing the Intergroup’s policy priorities for the 2019-2024 mandate of the European Parliament: mitigating climate change, safeguarding biodiversity, boosting research and innovation, as well as addressing sustainable finance. All of them are connected to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and will contribute to their achievement.

Lisbon Declaration on Cities for all: building cities for citizens and visitors

Apr 08, 2019

 

UNWTO Convenes Cities in Lisbon to Cooperate on a Sustainable and Inclusive Urban Tourism Agenda

The first UNWTO Mayors Forum for Sustainable Urban Tourism, co-organized by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the Ministry of Economy of Portugal and the Lisbon Municipality concluded Friday in Lisbon, Portugal. The event gathered Mayors and high-level city representatives from around the world, UN agencies and the private sector, to design a shared leadership aimed at ensuring that tourism helps creating cities for all.

EU-China Tourism Year - Summary of Actions and First Results

Mar 29, 2019

 

Agreed in 2016 by the Chinese Prime Minister and the President of the European Commission, the 2018 EU-China Tourism Year (ECTY) was a unique opportunity to attract more Chinese travellers off the beaten path, stimulate European investment in China, and give extra impetus to EU-China visa facilitation (negotiation launched in May 2017) and air connectivity (Horizontal Agreement initialled in Dec 2017).

The Year was implemented by the European Commission and the Chinese Ministry for Culture and Tourism.

EP Briefing: Digital tourism in the European Union

Mar 12, 2019

 

SUMMARY

Tourism is a major economic activity in the European Union, contributing about 10% to the Union gross domestic product and employing up to 26 million people through its direct, indirect and induced impact on the economy.

While it is true that the EU is the global leader in terms of international tourist arrivals and receipts, fast-growing tourism to some other destination is challenging this status quo

The EU tourism sector is also facing changes brought on by the digital revolution.

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