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The European Commission has presented a transformation path for tourism


Achieving the ecological and digital transformation and long-term resilience - these are the assumptions of the plan presented by the European Commission for the tourism sector. It includes specific, defined key activities, goals and conditions that should be met by tourism in the coming years.

Transformation requires the community and tourism industry to take action in 27 areas, including
• investing in a closed loop to reduce energy and water consumption, waste and pollution, and better than today to meet the growing demand for sustainable tourism;
• improving data-sharing practices to enable new innovative tourism services and to improve the sustainable management of destinations;
• investing in skills to ensure the availability of a skilled workforce and an attractive career opportunity in this ecosystem.

- I am glad that we can present the results of months of cooperation between all interested parties. We managed to agree on a common vision of EU tourism and how to implement it. This path sets the priorities for European tourism for the coming decade. Today I would like to invite all interested parties to participate in their joint implementation, says Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton.

The involvement of all entities in the tourism sector will be of key importance for the success of the transformation. This is why the Commission has published an online survey (available in English) in which it encourages sharing information on their individual and collective commitments and expressing interest in working together to achieve the transition. "The Commission will work with stakeholders to guide, support, and monitor the progress of the transition," reads the EC website.

Development of the tourism transition pathway started in June 2021 with a stakeholder consultation on possible scenarios. Several workshops and meetings with stakeholders were organized to gather and discuss the proposals.

The Tourism Transformation Path is the first to be implemented as part of a broader action announced in the update of the EU Industrial Strategy, published on 5 May 2021. The Commission is currently working on co-creating pathways for mobility, construction, energy-intensive sectors, and proximity ecosystems, and the social economy.

The Transition Path for Tourism also responds to the European Council's request in its conclusions of 27 May 2021 calling for the Commission and the Member States to develop a European Agenda for Tourism with relevant stakeholders".

It also responds to the postulates outlined above and paves the way for a future-oriented transformation that will ensure the long-term resilience of the tourism ecosystem into 2030 and beyond.

Source: EC