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ETC supports the Tourism for Growth and Jobs Manifesto

A unique initiative in the history of the European tourism sector

European private and public tourism stakeholders have united to defend the importance of the European tourism sector and to present under a common voice their EU policy priorities in the coming years.

On the occasion of the European Tourism Day in Brussels (16th December), 24 European public and private tourism stakeholders including the European Travel Commission (ETC) have published their Tourism for Growth and Jobs Manifesto.

The Manifesto sets out eight European policy priorities for the travel and tourism sector in the coming years. These are: competitiveness, digitalisation, good governance, joint promotion, reduce seasonality, skills and qualification, sustainability and transport connectivity.

This is the first time that the European travel and tourism sector stakeholders come together to call European institutions to act on these key priorities, which seek to ensure that the Continent remains an attractive destination and that the tourism sector continues to make a significant contribution to growth and job creation to the European economy. A holistic approach is essential to formulate effective tourism policies given the multiple impacts of the sector and the wide spectrum of stakeholders involved or affected by tourism.

The Manifesto was presented to the representatives of the European institutions at a reception hosted by the Confcommercio Delegation to the European Union last week. The act counted with the presence of Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) Ana-Claudia Țapardel (S&D), Cláudia Monteiro De Aguiar (Christian Democrats), Isabella De Monte (S&D) and István Ujhelyi (S&D).


Speaking on behalf of the European Parliament, as Vice President of the TRAN Committee and President of the Tourism Task Force, Mr Ujhelyi said: “It is a historical moment from the point of view of the European representatives of the tourism sector. That is why we supported this initiative and encouraged politicians and the tourism stakeholders to sit on the same side of the table. Together, we can convince the institutions here in Brussels, through concrete actions and diplomacy.”

Jakub Cebula, Member of the Cabinet of EU Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, Elżbieta Bieńkowska; and Carlo Corazza, Head of the Tourism, Emerging and Creative Industries Unit, DG GROW, European Commission also attended the event. “We will try to give appropriate answers to the challenges set out in the Manifesto” stated Mr Corazza.

The press release can be accessed here.

The full Manifesto is available for download at www.tourismmanifesto.eu.

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