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 Tourism Working Group is focused on exploring links and opportunities with creative and cultural industries (e.g. via the Smart Specialisation Platform for Industrial Modernisation, film industry as a tool to integrate tourism itineraries and products), cultural tourism and heritage, clusters, sharing economy from regional authorities point of view and on providing early information to members on tourism policy future strands, strategic objectives with financial tools, inter-regional joint activities, EU calls. Deployment of research and innovation results in the tourism sector, conducted within EU programmes

Last Working Group Meetings

Last Working Group Meetings

Tourism WG

Bridging the skills gap in Cultural Heritage

Teresa Vio

Our upcoming meeting will focus on the Blueprint for Sectoral Skills on Cultural Heritage. The call, recently launched by the European Commission, represents a great opportunity for members that have

Tourism

Tourism WG in transition - planning meeting

Hilary Webb

We are happy to inform our members that the Tourism working group is evolving! While Tourism continues to represent a key priority for regions, we want to ensure that our activities can give Cultural

WG Events

WG Events

ILUCIDARE evening and networking event

You are kindly invited to join the project consortium at an evening event to celebrate the start of ILUCIDARE, a large-scale project dedicated to cultural heritage-led innovation and diplomacy. The event will be followed by a networking reception. ILUCIDARE is a three-year project supported by the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme of the European Union to promote and leverage cultural heritage-led innovation and diplomacy thanks to an international community of practitioners in Europe and beyond. The project will enable the exchanges of best practices, knowledge transfer, skills development…

Collaborative Economy: Opportunities, Challenges, policies

The Commission is organising a high-level conference on the collaborative economy on 11 October in Brussels. The conference aims to take stock of policy, regulatory and market developments since the adoption of the Commission Communication on the collaborative economy in June 2016 and to discuss policy solutions. Commissioner Bieńkowska will open the conference. Member of the European Parliament Nicola Danti and Margarete Schramböck, Austrian Minister for Economy and Digitalisation will present their views and Ann Mettler, Head of the European Political Strategy Centre, will deliver a keynote…

Towards sustainable maritime and coastal tourism communities

Although maritime and coastal (M&C) tourism in the Mediterranean basin, which is the world’s leading tourism destination, is a growing business and a predominant source of revenue, growth and jobs, it also represents a huge challenge. Indeed, the development of tourism in the Mediterranean could be jeopardized by several factors if not managed in an adequate and sustainable way, i.e. severe anthropic impacts and environmental risks, tourism pressure on territories, coastal erosion, worsening conditions of sea water, over exploitation of natural and cultural heritage, etc. This conference…

European Tourism Day

This year’s programme will evolve around the topic of “The Renewed EU Industrial Policy Strategy: making EU tourism stronger in a new industrial era”. The objective of the conference will be to exchange views on existing and new challenges and opportunities of EU tourism under the Renewed EU Industrial Policy Strategy adopted in September 2017 and to share good practices of harvesting the advantages offered by this horizontal strategic approach. The event will gather up to 400 participants, including representatives of the European Commission and other EU institutions, high-level…

Tourism WG Meeting: Innovative business models for smart destinations

During this Tourism WG meeting will discuss innovatove business models for smart destinations, and will take place on the morning of June 29, at the FVG Region. The seminar intends to investigate how to increase regional competitiveness by developing common projects having transnational dimension and how digitalization and  innovative business models can create new opportunities for tourism operators and for the entire tourism value chain. You can find the agenda attached above.

REVAB Final Conference

REVAB (REuse and Valorisation of Agricultural Buildings through training based on real experiences) is an Erasmus+ project to develop a training programme for farming entrepreneurs to learn about reusing existing agricultural buildings. Over the course of the project, case studies have been developed which gather the best practices in agricultural building reuse from all over Europe. These range from converting a disused garage into a pharmacy in Bulgaria, to renovating a large barn and stables in Germany to become a conference centre, and everything in between. The sessions at the beginning…

Latest Updates

  • By Hilary Webb

Tourism WG in transition - planning meeting

We are happy to inform our members that the Tourism working group is evolving! While Tourism continues to represent a key priority for regions, we want to ensure that our activities can give Cultural Heritage its deserved relevance as a rich and transversal theme affecting urban development, social innovation, regional and local communities and many other areas covered by regional policies.

  • By Anonymous

Green Week partner event: From policy to practice: knowledge-building for innovative and sustainable tourism in regions

Tourism is the fourth largest economic activity globally and it is among the fastest-growing economic sectors. But tourism growth comes at a cost. It is the fifth largest polluting industry. There is a need for a paradigm change from mass to environmentally conscious and sustainable tourism in natural and protected areas.

  • By Agnieszka Wieczorek

Hiking Europe Network

Hiking Europe project is looking for the regions/organisations  who wants to join the Network. Hiking Europe project’s main objective is to promote a transational network of rural touristic routes structured in several hiking itineraries across Europe.

  • By Anonymous

Tourism - a key driver for socio-‎economic progress

Tourism plays an important role in the EU because of its economic and employment potential, as well as its social and environmental implications.

  • By Anonymous

Towards sustainable maritime and coastal tourism communities

Although maritime and coastal (M&C) tourism in the Mediterranean basin, which is the world’s leading tourism destination, is a growing business and a predominant source of revenue, growth and jobs, it also represents a huge challenge. Indeed, the development of tourism in the Mediterranean could be jeopardized by several factors if not managed in an adequate and sustainable way, i.e.

  • By Anonymous

Tourism WG Meeting: Innovative business models for smart destinations

During this Tourism WG meeting will discuss innovatove business models for smart destinations, and will take place on the morning of June 29, at the FVG Region. The seminar intends to investigate how to increase regional competitiveness by developing common projects having transnational dimension and how digitalization and  innovative business models can create new opportunities for tourism operat