Round table discussion on the Visa Package

Invitation from the Intergroup for European Tourism development, the TRAN Committee's Tourism Task Force and ETC

  • Date11.11.2015
  • Time13:00-14:00
  • Location of VenueBrussels
  • VenueEuropean Parliament, Room ASP 7F 387


  • István Ujhelyi

    Vice-Chair of the TRAN Committee responsible for the Tourism Task Force

    Mr Ujhelyi is a Hungarian Member of the European Parliament for the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D). He is the Vice-Chair of the Parliament's Committee on Transport and Tourism and rapporteur for TRAN Committee opinion on the Visa Package.

  • Claudia Tapardel

    Co-Chair of the Intergroup for European Tourism Development

    Ms Ţapardel is a Romanian Member of the European Parliament for the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D). She is a member of the Parliament's Committee on Transport and Tourism and the Co-Chair of the Intergroup on European Tourism Development, Cultural Heritage, Ways of St. James and other European Cultural Routes.

  • Peter De Wilde

    President, European Travel Commission

    Mr De Wilde has been CEO of Visit Flanders since 2009 and President of the European Travel Commission since January 2014. Under his guidance, ETC supports member NTO’s in their portfolio of marketing and research activities in major long-haul markets with the aim to strengthen and increase competitiveness of the travel brand Europe.

  • Mark Henry

    Vice-President, European Travel Commission

    Mr Henry coordinates ETC’s action to seek improved visa regimes for leisure travellers in Europe, which is essential for the continent to maximise its share of global tourism growth in the decades ahead. He is also Central Marketing Director at Tourism Ireland.

Useful information

In the light of the recent approval with big majority of the two VISA opinions by the TRAN Committee, and the first exchange of views and the vote scheduled in the following weeks in the LIBE committee, the event will focus on the main findings of the study "Improving Visa Regimes of European Nations to Grow Tourism", commissioned by the European Travel Commission.

The study quantifies the impact of eased regulations on travel from major source markets, and models the incremental gains that would flow from improved visa regimes for ‘Destination Europe’ for 10 priority source markets.

The round table discussion will gather stakeholders from the European Parliament and European tourism associations.

Registration for the event is compulsory. Please register your attendance here. In case you need accreditation to enter the European Parliament, please do not forget to indicate it with your registration.

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