Tourism Change Working Group

Representatives of Brussels-based offices leading the work of Tourism Working Group.

Tourism WG Leader

Leader

Pieter Jasperse

REWIN West Brabant

Francisco Vigalondo

Leader

Francisco Vigalondo

Aragón Exterior

Mariachiara Esposito

Mariachiara Esposito

Tuscany Region

Martina Hilger

Martina Hilger

Free Hanseatic City of Bremen

Tourism

The Cultural Heritage and Tourism Working Group focuses on investigating R&I-related measures to mitigate the environmental and social impact of touristic flows and encourage the transition towards sustainable tourism and cultural policies and practices; it supports ERRIN members in the uptake of digitalisation and the development of skills and competences in the Cultural Heritage and Tourism sectors. Finally, the Working Group aims at providing early information to members on cultural heritage and tourism policy future strands, financial tools, inter-regional joint activities, EU calls.

Last Working Group Meetings

Last Working Group Meetings

Tourism

Cultural Heritage & Tourism WG Webinar: Rebuilding the tourism sector after the COVID-19 crisis

Teresa Vio

This meeting will take place via GoToWebinar: please register through this link This Cultural Heritage and Tourism Working Group meeting has the primary objective to reflect on the way forward for

Digitising Cultural Heritage

Postponed: Digitising Cultural Heritage

Agnieszka Wieczorek Jetha

In light of the current COVID-19 concerns in Brussels, we regret to inform you that the upcoming Working Group meeting on 26th March on Digitising Cultural Heritage will be postponed. We will

WG Events

WG Events

Debate: rethinking and reviving travel and tourism

Euronews will this week host a debate on the impacts and challenges ahead for the tourism sector following the coronavirus pandemic. The debate will be hosted on Youtube and the panellists include: Haris Theoharis - Greek Minister of Tourism Matthew Baldwin - European Commission Eduardo Santander - European Travel Commission  The ssesion will ask, as lockdown restrictions begin to ease, how can the travel and tourism sectors get back on their feet and survive in the the 'new normal', and what role does the EU have to play.  Follow the live stream at 15:00 CEST on 4th June here. 

3D Digital Cultural Heritage for resilience, recovery & sustainability

A three-part digital conference will explore initiatives, technologies and policies for overcoming mobility and access limitations during and after the coronavirus crisis. The event will explore how digital 3D technologies can be an effective solution for keeping cultural heritage virtually accessible. The three sessions will discuss: Resilience: 3D-based digital options when access is suspended or restricted Recovery: 3D technologies for overcoming the consequences of the crisis and support a return to normal Sustainability: sustainable ways to access and understand cultural heritage…

Cultural Heritage & Tourism WG Webinar: Rebuilding the tourism sector after the COVID-19 crisis

This meeting will take place via GoToWebinar: please register through this link This Cultural Heritage and Tourism Working Group meeting has the primary objective to reflect on the way forward for Regions and Tourism Destinations in the aftermath of the COVID-19 crisis. With the participation of the European Commission. the Tourism Manifesto (represented by the European Travel Commissiom) and a panel of Regional representatives and Research institutions, we want to discuss Data-based predictions for the future of European tourism and innovative measures for a steady recovery. Rebuilding…

Europe Day: Digital cultural heritage webinar

To mark Europe Day 2020, the Ministers for Culture from Cyprus and Malta, along with the European Commission, are presenting a webinar dedicated to digital cultural heritage.  The session will bring together the smallest island nations of the EU, which are the only EU members in the Mediterranean sea physically cut off from the main continent. They also have thousands of years of rich history and UNESCO listed world heritage sites. A number of case studies from both countries and Germany, as well as ongoing research projects will presented during the webinar.  Some of the topics that will…

Cultural heritage as a catalyst for the future of Europe - webinar

Europe Day 2020 will be marked by a special webinar on how cultural heritage can be a powerful catalyst for the future of Europe. To mark the 70th anniversary of Schuman Declaration, high representatives from the EU institutions will meet for the first time since the COVID-19 outbreak to engage in a discussion on European cultural heritage. Together they will discuss the major role the sector will play in preparing for the recovery and transformation of Europe's society and economy.  The webinar is co-hosted by Europeana and Europa Nostra, acting on behalf of the European Heritage Alliance…

European Tourism Day 2020

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, this event has been postponed. Please check here for the latest updates. Over 400 participants are expected to gather at this year's European Tourism Day. The annual event will this year focus on tourism and EU climate and sustainable development goals under the theme 'European tourism - leading to a greener future'.  EU, national and regional level representatives, industry, academics and other relevant stakeholders will be able to attend the event, which will also host the awards ceremony for the 2019 EDEN - European Destinations of Excellence awards. 

WG Related Content

WG Related Content

Key messages from the WG meeting ‘Rebuilding the tourism sector after the COVID-19 crisis’

On 26th May, the Cultural Heritage and Tourism Working Group hosted a webinar on the European tourism sector in the post-COVID-19 crisis context, aimed at exchanging views and regional best practices for recovery strategies, providing members with information on the tools and policies that are being developed by the European Commission, and discussing joint actions coordinated by European networks to raise awareness and increased support for the sector. The interventions highlighted the diverse ways COVID-19 crisis is being looked and acted upon on the different levels of the EU panorama,…

Recovery for the European tourism sector from the COVID-19 crisis - statement

The European Tourism Manifesto alliance, the voice of the European travel and tourism sector, has issued a statement on the European Commission’s guidance on how to safely resume travel and reboot Europe’s tourism in 2020 and beyond. European travel and tourism is one of the ecosystems most affected by the coronavirus crisis. The European Tourism Manifesto alliance welcomes the European Commission’s adoption of a comprehensive package on Tourism and Transport on 13 May 2020 which acknowledges the importance of the travel and tourism sector for the economy and employment in Europe, and it…

New JRC initiative to explore culture in EU cities and towns

JRC launches EU Culture from Home, an initiative linked to the open source web app Cultural gems aimed at mapping online activities developed by cultural organisations in European cities, in order to explore synergies and cooperation.  This new tag will accompany all the cultural initiatives accessible online and collected in Cultural gems. Switch culture on, meet artists and visit heritage in European cities.

European Federation of Napoleonic Cities and Destination Napoleon announce channels

The European Federation of Napoleonic Cities and Destination Napoleon Cultural Route of the Council of Europe communicate the recent launch of new social media channels to facilitate exchange of information despite the constraints provoked by COVID-19. The launch took place on the occasion of the 199th anniversary of the death of Napoleon. For more information, please see the press release attached.

European Heritage Awards/Europa Nostra Awards: 2020 winners announced

The European Commission and Europa Nostra have announced the winners of the 2020 European Heritage Awards/Europa Nostra Awards. The competition, funded by the EU's Creative Europe programme, celebrate individuals and initiatives that contribute to a more united and resilient Europe. The prize has three categories: conservation, research and dedicated service. 21 winners from 15 countries have been announced, and ERRIN's members feature in the conservation category for three initiatives: Rubens' Garden Screen and Garden Pavillion, Antwerp (Flanders) Epitaphs of the University Church of…

New platform to unite creative & cultural sectors during COVID-19

Today the Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, Mariya Gabriel, has launched a dedicated platform to help those working in cultural and creative sectors to share information, measures and solutions during the coronavirus outbreak. Creatives Unite is an online platform that will serve as a forum for the cultural and creative sectors to share and generate ideas and initiatives during the pandemic. The platform will be run and curated by Creative FLIP - a pilot project implemented by the European Parliament and led by the Goethe Institut.  Read more about…

Latest Updates

  • By Hilary Webb

Key messages from the WG meeting ‘Rebuilding the tourism sector after the COVID-19 crisis’

On 26th May, the Cultural Heritage and Tourism Working Group hosted a webinar on the European tourism sector in the post-COVID-19 crisis context, aimed at exchanging views and regional best practices for recovery strategies, providing members with information on the tools and policies that are being developed by the European Commission, and discussing joint actions coordinated by European networks to raise awareness and increased support for the sector.

  • By Agnieszka Wieczorek Jetha

Recovery for the European tourism sector from the COVID-19 crisis - statement

The European Tourism Manifesto alliance, the voice of the European travel and tourism sector, has issued a statement on the European Commission’s guidance on how to safely resume travel and reboot Europe’s tourism in 2020 and beyond.

  • By Teresa Vio

New JRC initiative to explore culture in EU cities and towns

JRC launches EU Culture from Home, an initiative linked to Cultural gems aimed at mapping online activities developed by cultural organisations in European cities, in order to explore synergies and cooperation.

  • By Teresa Vio

European Federation of Napoleonic Cities and Destination Napoleon announce channels

The European Federation of Napoleonic Cities and Destination Napoleon Cultural Route of the Council of Europe communicate the recent launch of new social media channels to facilitate exchange of information despite the constraints provoked by COVID-19.

  • By Agnieszka Wieczorek Jetha

Tourism #POSTCOVID19 challange to help the sector recovery in Andalusia

CTA (Technological Corporation of Andalusian) is launching the CTA Challenge ‘Tourism #PostCOVID19’ to reward with €15,000 a technological solution that can help in the recovery of the tourism sector in Andalusia.

  • By Hilary Webb

European Heritage Awards/Europa Nostra Awards: 2020 winners announced

The European Commission and Europa Nostra have announced the winners of the 2020 European Heritage Awards/Europa Nostra Awards. The competition, funded by the EU's Creative Europe programme, celebrate individuals and initiatives that contribute to a more united and resilient Europe.