On January 28th, on behalf of Fondacioni Europa, I participated to the ETIS (European Tourism Indicator in Sustainability) and Accessible Tourism Conference organised by the DG Growth in Brussels. It was great meeting old and new friend engaged in making the European tourism more sustainable and competitive.
It was the event to present sustainability and accessibility as complementary strategies to manage and promote tourism destinations.
During the day, the results of the second ETIS pilot testing phase, including recommendations and the revised toolkit of ETIS were presented.
After, priority policy for accessible tourism in destinations were identified, in particular focusing on accommodation, transport, attractions and customer satisfaction. Finally, the promotion strategy for Europe as a ‘Sustainable Tourism Destination for All’ was presented.
During these year, at Fondacioni Europa, as academic partner of NECSTOUR, we always gave our support to the desiging and disseminating of the policies in sustaianbility, accessibility and competitiveness of tourism.
At the same time, we firmly believe that a statement is not enough: tourist destinations, policy makers, SMEs and Universities should give their full engagement in order to make European tourism improve. In fact, emerging destinations are becoming more competitive and they are suppose to take more market share.
Beyond this event, it was useful to exchange about new project proposals for the upcoming calls to be published in the Adriatic basin: Adriatic-Ionian, IPAII, MED, ENI, Interreg, how many acronyms!
At Fondacioni Europa, we are already working on it and we are now networking for new partenariats!