NECSTouR calls the European Regions to finance sustainable tourism building the Marshall Plan Tourism industry deserves.
Guidelines has been released to support the Regional efforts in achieving this crucial mission for the sector.
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Tourism is the sector which needs it the most liquidity for the recovery of its destinations and the European Recovery plan - Next Generation EU - can partly finance it, but only if European Member States and the Regions request for it to do so.
For this, it is essential ensuring that Tourism-related investments are specifically included in National recovery and resilience plans and in the Regional operational programmes.
"We must invest in making Europe the first sustainable destination, contribute to the Green Deal success, bring back socio-economic wellbeing to our regions and cities, drive a behavioural change for sustainable tourism destinations and make regions better places to live and visit."
Mr Patrick Torrent, President of NECSTouR
European regions have a unique opportunity to finance the green and digital transformation of our tourism ecosystem through REACT EU: The new instrument to repair the sectors most affected by the COVID-19 crisis which Regions can mainstream through our Cohesion Funds and tourism is the sector which needs it the most.
Since there is no single tourism budget line across the Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027, Regions and Member States must target tourism investments through the financial instruments they will manage.