Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of current generations without compromising the ability of future generations to meet theirs. It is a concept deeply rooted in European policies. Over 40 years, Europe has put in place some of the world's highest environmental standards and ambitious climate policies, and championed the Paris Agreement.
The Commission is now launching a forward-looking debate on sustainable development, as part of the broader reflection opened by the White Paper on the Future of Europe in March 2017.
The objective of this policy brief is to describe the different opportunities created through digital technologies for the preservation and promotion of cultural heritage. The document provides a brief overview of the EU policy documents addressingdigitisation of cultural heritage and presents inspiring good practices stemming from the Interreg Europe projects.Digital solutions are also applied inthe field ofnatural heritage,but the focus of this policy brief is on cultural heritage.
According to the European Travel Commission's latest report "European Tourism -Trends & Prospects 2018", Europe remains the most visited region in the world, with a 6% upswing in international tourist arrivals in 2018 compared to the previous year. This growth continues despite ongoing trade tensions, uncertainty surrounding Brexit and the economic slowdown in the Eurozone and China.
• Travel & Tourism is one of the fastest growing sectors across the world, providing opportunities for skilled and unskilled labour as well as for other groups who may have difficulty in finding employment.
• In many countries, youth employment (15-24) in Travel & Tourism is significantly higher than for the overall economy.
• Canada is a leader in Travel & Tourism’s youth employment, with youth making up one third of all Travel & Tourism jobs, but only just over one in eight of all jobs in the economy.
Fact Sheets on the EU Tourism Policy released in 2019 by the European Parliament.
NECSTouR is mentioned as an open network of European tourist regions, who was established in 2009 to serve as a platformfor exchanges of knowledge and innovative solutions in the area of competitive andsustainable tourism.
Under Secretary-General Pololikashvili, who took office in January 2018, UNWTO will focus on five pillars to implement the Management Vision and Priorities for the period 2018-2019: