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The Five Major Priorities that will be part of Horizon Europe Announced by the European Commission


Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation Carlos Moedas officially launched the work on five major European research and innovation missions that will be part of Horizon Europe, the next EU research and innovation programme.

Inspired by the Apollo 11 mission to put a man on the moon, the European R&I missions aim to deliver solutions to some of the greatest challenges facing our world:

  1. Cancer
  2. Climate change
  3. Healthy oceans
  4. Climate-neutral cities
  5. Healthy soil and food.


We are looking for a Speaker from NECSTouR for a Panel on Digitalisation and Innovation (Rimini IT, 10/10)


ETOA is composed of over 1000 members including global travel buyers, hotels, tourist boards, attractions, and other European tourism suppliers.

They will run a 50-minute panel on Digitalisation and Innovation to attract international visitors at 15:00 on 10th October at TTG Rimini.

They are putting together a group of panelists and they are wondering if any Region/Destination of our network might be interested in the opportunity of being part of that panel.

World Tourism Organization and Globalia announce the first and largest worldwide competition for tourism startups


This pioneering initiative for the tourism sector reaches out to 164 countries to find startups aiming to transform tourism.

Whether tech-based or non-technological, early-stage or more mature, any startup with innovative ideas capable of revolutionizing the way we travel and enjoy tourism is welcome to participate.



European Research and Innovation Days 2019


Bringing stakeholders together to shape future research and innovation policy


The programme will be structured around:

The Policy Conference, bringing together high-level policy-makers, leaders from industry, finance, academia and the entrepreneurial community to debate and shape the future research and innovation landscape. It covers vital areas of science, engineering, medicine, and wider social and environmental concerns

EURACTIV Workshop: "Tourism - a key driver for socio-‎economic progress"


Tuesday, 26 February 2019 | 12:00 – 14:00

EURACTIV Network Office, Boulevard Charlemagne 1, 1041 Brussels


Tourism plays an important role in the EU because of its economic and employment potential, as well as its social and environmental implications. According to the European Commission, tourism is the third largest socio-economic activity in the EU, after the trade and construction sectors.

WIRE Week of Innovative Regions 2018 in Austria


WIRE 2018 takes place in Innsbruck, Austria between 4 and 6 July 2018 with the motto Smart Choices for innovative regional ecosystems. The Power of Connectivity, Entrepreneurship and Science & Research.

The Week of Innovative Regions in Europe is an annual conference funded by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research & Innovation, and a prime event marking the first week of Austria’s Council Presidency 2018.

UNWTO Conference on City Breaks: Creating Innovative Tourism Experiences


The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the City of Valladolid, the Municipality of Valladolid and Affiliate Member Madison MK are pleased to inform you that the UNWTO Conference on City Breaks: Creating Innovative Tourism Experiences will take place 15 to 16 October, 2018 in Valladolid, Spain. 


NECSTouR contributed to the Debate about Connecting Europe through Innovation

May 17, 2018


The President of NECSTouR has been invited to present the contribution of NECSTouR Regions to Tourism and Innovation, on the occasion of the second edition of the high-level debate on "Connecting Europe Through Innovation", which has been organised at the Romanian Parliament on the 17th of May 2018.


Four Regional Examples on Talent Development in Tourism presented at the 2nd UNWTO Global Conference

Oct 10, 2017


In order to deliver a NECSTouR big picture on the Talent Development in Tourism, NECSTouR President, Region of Catalonia - Mr Patrick Torrent - presented the experiences of Catalonia, Emilia Romagna, the Valencian Community and the Business University of Prague.

That presentation happened during the 2nd UNWTO Global Conference on "Talent Development in Tourism: strategies for Competitive Destinations", organised in Marbella (Andalusia), from the 8th to the 10th of October 2017.