European Committee of the Regions acknowledges the value of the Sustainable Tourism Community

In a draft opinion, the Commission highlights the importance of the tourism sector, as a strategic “tool for integration and a key driver of social and economic recovery" and points out to “the benefits of disseminating best practices, strategies and methodologies for sustainable tourism" developed in our Sustainable Tourism Community.

The Commission for Natural Resources of the Committee of the Regions recently adopted a draft opinion on Sustainable Tourism entitled “Towards more sustainable tourism for EU cities and regions”. On the social and economic impact and the need to avoid tourism being perceived as a problem, the Commission highlights “the benefits of disseminating best practice, strategies and methodologies for sustainable tourism developed in the various European programmes such as PANORAMED, Horizontal MED Project STC  and MITOMED+, in order to promote their capitalisation and replicability” in the paragraph 55 of its opinion.”

The European Committee of the Regions is the EU’s Assembly of Regional and Local Representatives with the aim of promoting dialogue and cross-border cooperation in Europe. It is composed of several Commission, inter alia the Commission for Natural Resources which covers the following policy areas: the Common Agricultural Policy and Rural Development, Forestry, Food Production, Public Health, Consumer Protection, the Common Fisheries Policy, Maritime Affairs Policy, Civil Protection, and Tourism. You can learn more about this Commission and its actions here.

In this draft opinion, the Commission specifically highlights the importance of the tourism sector, as a strategic “tool for integration and a key driver of social and economic recovery: contributing more than 10% to the EU's gross domestic product and providing jobs for 26 million people”. It draws attention to the fact that the EU's social, economic and territorial cohesion depends on transport and tourism, two sectors that have been severely affected by the COVID19 crisis. It encourages “using the crisis to spark a debate that will lay the foundations for resilience and sustainability in times to come in the tourism and transport sectors”.

You can read the full opinion here.

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