Regions Boosting the European Tourism’s Digitalisation and Safety
At the occasion of the World Tourism Day 2017, 8 European Regions launched a partnership to foster investment on Digitalisation and Safety for Tourism under the Platform for Industrial Modernisation.
The Conference “EU Financing for Innovation in Tourism” gathered
about 120 regional representatives, destination managers and
tourism-related stakeholders at the European Committee of the Regions
(CoR) and welcomed the setup of this new interregional cooperation,
which is also supported by NECSTouR, the Network of European Regions for
Competitive and Sustainable Tourism.
Digitalisation and Safety.
Europe is the top world destination and tourism is the third biggest
industry in the EU. For many European regions and cities tourism is
crucial for securing their economic and social stability while
Digitalisation and Safety are the global megatrends in tourism business.
the regions’ forces, Andalusia and Lapland (leading Regions) together
with Slovenia (co-leading Region), Castilla y Leon, Catalonia, Lazio,
Tuscany and Valencia decided it is time to face common challenges
together in the context of smart specialisation strategies. Thus, they
launched this initiative to facilitate public-private investments to
finance projects, which will boost the innovation of the tourism
- NECSTouR has decided to host and support this
platform, stated Mr Patrick Torrent, NECSTouR President, Region of
Catalonia, as result of an exercise of analysis and good practice
exchange on how tourism is financed by the means of the EU funds,
initiated already in 2013.
- We welcome this bottom up initiative
on Tourism, aimed to facilitate the process from interregional
cooperation up to the development of concrete investment projects,
declared Mark Nicklas Head of Unit on Innovation Policy and Investment
for Growth at DG GROW.
- Through this initiative we want to be at
the forefront of tourism innovation, declared Mrs Susana Ibáñez, General
Secretary for Tourism of Andalusia.
- The cooperation among us
will be the key of our success. The partner regions and organizations
complete the missing competences of each other, continued Mrs Eija
Raasakka, on behalf of Lapland UAS.
The CoR President, Mr
Karl-Heinz Lambertz (BE/PES), referred to the #CohesionAlliance that
will be launched on 9 October and said
- Tourism is the economic
lifeline of many EU regions and cities. By cooperating across borders
and driving innovative thinking, this initiative will help Europe's
tourism industry thrive in every region. Once again this demonstrates
the added value of EU cohesion policy which must continue to part of the
future of Europe.
High-level Endorsement. The event counted also
with the presence of Mr Mircea - Titus Dobre, Minister of Tourism of the
Romanian Government; Mr István Ujhelyi, Vice-chair of the Tourism Task
Force at the TRAN Committee of the European Parliament; Mrs Ana-Claudia
Ţapardel, Co-Chair of the Intergroup Tourism and Cultural Heritage; and
Mr Ossi Martikanen (FI/ALDE), CoR Member.
DG GROW Commissioner,
Mrs Elżbieta Bieńkowska welcomed the new platform during her speech at
the high-level Conference on Tourism, organised this afternoon by the
President of the European Parliament at the Hemicycle. A description of
the initiative is available here: http://s3platform.jrc.ec.europa.eu/tourism
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