European Tourism Stakeholders urge the European Commission to come forward with a Tourism Strategy

ETC and representatives of the European tourism industry including all signatories of the Tourism Manifesto for Growth & Jobs, 40 Members of the European Parliament and more than 70 Members of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) call for a comprehensive strategy supporting the tourism sector in an Open Letter addressed to the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker.

Brussels, 17 July 2017

The Open Letter underlines that "tourism often regenerates dilapidated areas and less developed regions, particularly
rural ones." Additionally tourism also contributes "to creating a sense of pride in European citizenship and promotes
mutual understanding within the EU" with the numerous benefits European citizens enjoy when travelling in the EU, such
as removed roaming charges, EU passenger- and cross-border consumer rights, the European healthcare regime, as
well as customs free shopping with a single currency in the Eurozone.

However, the sector faces massive challenges like a growing investment gap, burdensome bureaucracy for SMEs, the
need to align the sector with the energy and climate targets as well as digitalisation, a growing crisis of missing skills,
security and marketing issues related to terrorism, and fierce competition from new non-European markets. These
challenges cannot be dealt with at national level alone. Therefore political action at the European level is needed to
secure Europe's position as the world's leading tourist destination while continuing creating jobs and sustainable growth.

The Press Release can be accessed here.
The Open Letter can be downloaded here.

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