How to transform mass tourism into sustainable tourism for local communities

On May 16, Lisbon, Portugal, the MED Sustainable Tourism Community will intervene at European Maritime Day 2019 in a workshop on "How to transform mass tourism into sustainable tourism for local communities", co-organised by Arco Latino, lead partner of the BleuTourMed project, which features the participation of AlterEco and DestiMed projects.

(Rome, 9 May 2019) In Europe, passenger numbers are forecast to increase by 1.5 billion a year by 2036, yet destinations are struggling with their own success. The MED Sustainable Tourism Community is tackling the strategic issue of "How to transform mass tourism into sustainable tourism for local communities" in a workshop co-organised by Arco Latino, lead partner of the BleuTourMed project, in the framework the European Maritime Day 2019, which takes place in Lisbon, May 16th, 2019.

Representatives of the BleuTourMed project, featuring the MED Sustainable Tourism Community, and of modular projects AlterEco and DestiMed will discuss mass tourism from the perspective of private sector and destinations as they work to understand and manage the various impacts of tourism.

The European Maritime Day is an annual meeting point for diverse stakeholders ranging from maritime professionals and ocean leaders to NGOs and governments. This year edition main focus is on blue entrepreneurship, innovation and investment to transform traditional maritime sectors and boost emerging technologies and value chains. EMD 2019 will provide an inspirational opening session, 8 breakout sessions organised by the European Commission and focusing on a number of strategic EU policy initiatives to support Europe’s Sustainable Blue Economy, and 28 high-quality Thematic Workshops designed and organized by maritime stakeholders.

How to transform mass tourism into sustainable tourism for local communities

16 May 2019, Lisbon, Portugal

Organizers:

  • Fipra International
  • IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation
  • Arco Latino

Moderator:

  • John Richardson - Special Advisor for Maritime, Fipra.

Speakers:

  • Ms Gessine Meissner - European Parliament
  • Salli Felton – CEO, Travel Foundation
  • Ukko Metsola – Vice President, Government Relations, Europe & Asia-Pacific, Royal Caribbean Cruise Ltd
  • Jeremy Sampson – Communications Officer, IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation
  • Dr Spyros Niavis – Researcher, Panteion University, BleuTourMed Project
  • Leticia Ortega – ALTER ECO Project Coordinator, Valencia Institute of Building - Valencian Regional Government's Ministry of Housing, Public Works and Territory Structuring.

You can see the full programme of the event here.