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

Feb 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:

Research for TRAN Committee - Overtourism: Impact and possible policy responses

Jan 29, 2019



This study addresses the complex phenomenon of overtourism in the EU. By focusing on a set of case studies, the study reports on overtourism indicators, discusses management approaches implemented within different destinations and assesses policy responses. It concludes that a common set of indicators cannot be defined because of the complex causes and effects of overtourism. Avoiding overtourism requires custom-made policies in cooperation between destinations' stakeholders and policymakers.


Global survey on the perception of residents towards city tourism: impact and measures (Executive Summary)

Jan 29, 2019


According to the first ever global survey conducted by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and IPSOS - specialised in Global Research Industry - 47% of respondents think ‘they live in cities with a high number of tourists’. Over 50% considers tourism has a positive impact in generating wealth and promoting cultural exchanges, and 49% feel there should be measures to improve tourism management. Only 12% of respondents favour limitations to the number of visitors.

Travel to Tomorrow by Visit Flanders

Jan 18, 2019


Visit Flanders and the Flanders Department of Foreign Affairs launched a co-creative thinking process, together with various tourism partners and stakeholders, about the transformative power of tourism for the visitor, the resident, the entrepreneur and the destination.

The NECSTouR Barcelona Declaration "Better Places to Live, Better Places to Visit" was an inspiring source in this ongoing process.

Analysing spatiotemporal patterns of tourism in Europe at high-resolution with conventional and big data sources

Jan 07, 2019


Available statistics on tourism from official European sources are limited in terms of both the spatial and temporal resolutions, curbing potential analyses and applications relevant for tourism management and policy. In this study, we produced a novel, complete and consistent dataset describing tourist density at high spatial resolution with monthly breakdown for the whole of the European Union.

ETC/UNWTO publication "Exploring Health Tourism"

Jan 07, 2019


The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), together with the European Travel Commission (ETC) launched a new report on health tourism. Part of their joint research programme, the study is the first attempt to set a coherent conceptualization of health tourism and define the motivations behind travellers looking for health-related services.

Read the Executive summary


Opinion by the European Parliament on the European Regional Development Fund and on the Cohesion Fund

Dec 10, 2018


Opinion on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the European Regional Development Fund and on the Cohesion Fund by the Committee on Transport and Tourism of the European Parliament.

Several ammendments on Tourism has been proposed.

Read the Opinion