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Tourism Committee MEPs: EU must act, 22 million jobs are at stake

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 28 settembre 2020

Members of Parliament’s Tourism Task Force reiterate that the tourism sector needs EU-level coordination and substantial support to give SMEs a chance of survival.The Transport and Tourism Committee met on Wednesday with travel and tourism stakeholders to take stock of the dire situation facing the sector and to discuss ways to overcome this unprecedented crisis. (Catch up with the debate here.) Even when travelling is partially possible, the wide array of rules make it extremely difficult. People are confused and have no guarantees that their planned trips can and will go ahead.The tourism sector, that employs 22 million people in Europe, is on the verge of collapse. This is no small threat: depending on the country, tourism accounts from 4.3% to 25% of the GDP. As things stand, hundreds of thousands of SMEs will not survive until the end of this yeaIt is still not clear which crisis management tool can be used by the tourism sector, besides the “European instrument for temporary Support to mitigate Unemployment Risks in an Emergency (SURE)”. We insist on urgent concrete action from the European Commission and the member states. A well-defined crisis management mechanism is needed; the sector is fighting to survive.It is high time for the EU to come forward with a strategy on sustainable tourism and a dedicated budget line in the next long-term EU budget. A €300 million budget line to implement a common vision for sustainable tourism over the next seven years is not too much to ask. It is essential, to make sure that this economic sector will have a chance to get back on its feet after months of stagnation and so that we can shape it to become more sustainable.

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This week in Transport and Tourism Committee

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 1 settembre 2020

Brussels Wednesday, 2 September 2020, 9.00 – 11.00 and 14.00-16.00, Thursday, 3 September 9.00 – 11.00 CEST
József Antall building, room 2Q2. Members of the Committee on Transport and Tourism will be able to participate remotely. The meeting will be livestreamed here (Parliament’s Multimedia Centre). Full agenda and all meeting documents are available here.
Debates Wednesday, 2 September 9.00 – 11.00
– Exchange of views with the European Commission on the temporary rules to reduce, waive or defer charges for the use of railway infrastructure during COVID-19 pandemic
14.00-16.00 – Exchange of views with Eurocontrol Director-General Eamonn Brennan on the impact of Covid-19 on European air traffic
– European Commission presentation of the proposals related to rail safety and interoperability within the Eurotunnel in the context of Brexit
Thursday, 3 September 9.00 – 11.00 – Discussion on the revision of the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) guidelines – Establishing the InvestEU Programme: debate on draft opinion by Tom Berendsen (EPP, NL)
– Establishing a Recovery and Resilience Facility: debate on draft opinion by Roberts Zīle (ECR, LT)

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Transport and Tourism Committee insists on a budget line for sustainable tourism

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 20 luglio 2020

In an open letter addressed to EU leaders, Transport and Tourism Committee MEPs call for dedicated funding for sustainable tourism in the next long-term EU budget.The openopen letter letter states: “The Members of the European Parliament’s Committee on Transport and Tourism have been voicing their urgent concern since the very start of this crisis, naming the coordinated relaunch of the tourism sector at EU level an immediate strategic priority both for the EU institutions and for the Member States.”The Committee regrets that calls for a dedicated budget line towards sustainable tourism have been repeatedly ignored.“At this crucial stage of negotiations on the EU Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027, and on the eve of the European Council meeting on July 17-18, the Members of Committee on Transport and Tourism call upon the EU Presidency and on each and every one of you, to reconsider how a dedicated budget line on sustainable tourism in the next multiannual financial framework could achieve a very significant difference for the sector,” adds the letter. “We recall here that the European Parliament’s mandate in the MFF negotiations specifically included a EUR 300 million allocation, earmarked towards sustainable tourism.”The letter explains that thousands of companies in the tourism sector are facing insolvency and many others are barely staying afloat. In some EU countries, this has led to significant decreases in the country’s GDP and tax income. It also underlines that while allocating funds to tourism from various funds is commendable, it does little to help micro-enterprises and SMEs, as they struggle to understand the myriad of different funding opportunities and how to access them.

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Tourism MEPs: trust in travelling remains low, SMEs are suffering

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 17 luglio 2020

Members of Parliament’s Tourism Task Force request additional urgent measures to relaunch tourism in Europe and help businesses to survive the COVID-19 crisis.The Transport and Tourism Committee discussed on Tuesday, with European Commission Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs Director-General Kerstin Jorna, the tourism aspects of the EU Recovery Package and next long-term EU budget. The MEPs also reiterated their request for further action to support the sector, which is facing bankruptcies and massive layoffs. The Tourism Task Force took stock of the progress made by different actors to help the sector to overcome the crisis one month after the Parliament adopted its resolution on transport and tourism:As soon as possible, Europe needs
• a common threshold of what would be considered an acceptably low level of virus propagation, which would then have to be enforced across all EU member states;
• common hygiene and sanitary measures for various modes of transport within the European Union, instead of different protocols at each airport or port;
• a more objective and transparent process of opening the borders to third-country nationals, based on epidemiological evidence; the current recommendation that lists 15 third countries whose nationals can enter the EU is confusing for travellers, especially to those in transit.We also see that specific financing for tourism is still lacking in several member states. The sector is suffering from a lack of liquidity due to the drop in demand. Specific financing is either not tailored to tourism or has not been allocated due to a lack of will demonstrated by some member states.The Tourism and Transport package and the EU Recovery Plan put forward by the European Commission in May were important first steps for relaunching tourism in the EU. Nevertheless, it is clear by now that more efforts are urgently needed.
The coordinated relaunch of the tourism sector at EU level must be an immediate strategic priority both for the EU institutions and for the member states, as the Parliament outlined in its 19 June resolution on tourism and transport in 2020 and beyond.
Further to recognising tourism as one of the economic activities most badly affected by the COVID-19 crisis, the tourism sector must be given due importance in the EU Recovery Plan. This must include the possibility of providing additional financial support to the sector, also taking into account the share that the travel and tourism sector contributes to a member state’s GDP.Most importantly, we regret that repeated calls from the Parliament for a dedicated budget line for sustainabletourism have fallen on deaf ears and that subsequently this was not included in the revised long-term EU budget for 2021-2027.This crisis clearly highlights the benefits that a genuine European tourism policy could bring. We need a common EU tourism policy to enhance the EU’s competitiveness in this sector, promoting cooperation between member states and regions and creating options for further investment and innovation in the sector.”

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Parliament requests further action to save EU tourism

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 20 giugno 2020

MEPs call for additional measures to save the EU’s tourism and travel sector and make it future-proof after COVID-19 crisis. The resolution on transport and tourism in 2020 and beyond was adopted on Friday by 587 votes in favour, 32 against and 46 abstentions. It identifies areas where actions taken so far remain insufficient to support a sector that employs 22.6 million people (11.2% of the total EU employment) and that contributed 9.5% to EU GDP in 2019.Giving tourism businesses a chance of survival
• Short-term financing to avoid businesses going bankrupt and to support workers, including self-employed workers, in the transport, culture and tourism sector.
• Support long-term recovery and modernise the sector: Parliament asks the Commission to issue guidance to ensure available funding can be accessed swiftly. MEPs call for a dedicated budget line for sustainable tourism in the 2021-2027 long-term EU budget.Guarantee safety and fairness by
• establishing common standards and detailed protocols for hygiene and health screening measures;
• developing an early alert system that warns tourists about any potential health threat at their destination;
• creating an EU safety certificate for establishments and operators that meet the highest hygiene and safety standards;
• launching a dedicated information campaign on travel and tourism, aiming at promoting intra-EU travel, re-establishing confidence in travel and tourism during COVID-19, and educating tourists on the health and safety measures in place;
• ensuring safe transit and country-to-country movement is not hampered by unilateral measures and agreements between individual member states.
The Parliament encourages the Commission to explore the idea of a crisis-management mechanism for EU tourism, in order to respond adequately and swiftly to any future challenge of similar magnitude. MEPs see the crisis also as an historic opportunity to modernise tourism in the EU and make it more sustainable, e.g. local and rural tourism initiatives, or out-of-season travel. The EU should promote and certify environmentally friendly, socially responsible and economically sound travel and tourism. The Parliament wants EU support to serve as a tool to guide infrastructure and transport development and tourism towards more sustainable, innovative, resilient and high-quality products and services. The Parliament supports the concept of ‘safe and smart destinations’ to ensure the development of sustainable, responsible and accessible tourism.

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Next week in Transport and Tourism Committee

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 7 giugno 2020

Bruxelles. Monday, 8 June 2020, 9.00 – 11.00 and 18.00 – 18.30 CEST József Antall building, room 4Q2 Members of the Committee on Transport and Tourism will be able to participate remotely. The meeting will be livestreamed here (Parliament’s Multimedia Centre).
Mobility Package I votes on the tabled amendments and the draft recommendations for second reading for the three social and market access files:
Clear rules onposting of drivers in the road transport sector – Rapporteur Kateřina Konečná (GUE/NGL, CZ)
• Better working conditions for drivers – Rapporteur Henna Virkkunen (EPP, FI)
Better enforcementof cabotage rules (i.e. transport of goods carried out by non-resident hauliers on a temporary basis in a host member state) – Rapporteur Ismail Ertug (S&D, DE) The revised rules for posting of drivers, drivers’ rest times and fairer competition aim to put an end to distortion of competition in the road transport sector and provide better rest conditions for drivers.
• Electronic freight transport information final vote – Rapporteur Andor Deli (EPP, HU)
Remote voting procedure: votes on adoption of amendments 11.00-12.30, final votes 18.00-20.00, results of final votes approximately at 21.00. Exchange of views with Henrik Hololei, Director-General for Mobility and Transport, European Commission, on transport aspects of the EU Recovery Plan and revised long-term EU budget for 2021-2027. (9.00-11.00)

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Tourism and travel plans: Committee welcomes Commission’s package to overcome COVID-19 crisis

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 18 maggio 2020

The European Parliament’s Transport and Tourism Committee has been insisting since March on a strong and coordinated EU-wide action to overcome this crisis.On behalf of the Tourism Task Force, I would like to underline that the tabled proposals are necessary tools to relaunch tourism in Europe in a harmonised way. It is crucial to reassure citizens that tourism and travelling will be possible and safe this year.
The package presented today is historic: the Commission took the first steps towards a coordinated European approach on tourism – a real EU tourism strategy -, which is needed now more than ever. We need a long-term vision that is smart and sustainable, with a dedicated budget line as well as a mechanism to manage crises.Parliament’s Transport and Tourism Committee MEPs remain strongly committed to EU recovery plans and are happy to contribute to organising the European Tourism Summit in September. We should use this crisis to redesign tourism across the EU. Tourism must become sustainable and responsible. Supporting local tourism should be a matter of priority.On passenger rights, I welcome the recommendation on vouchers and reimbursements. Consumers cannot be doubly victimised by this crisis and have to be able to choose freely between reimbursements and attractive vouchers.Last but not least: reopening the borders should be possible only if the public authorities have made sure the risk of a new wave of COVID-19 cases is low. Once borders reopen, there cannot be any discrimination to free movement and the process has to be based on clear criteria. Reopening borders only between certain areas solely for economic gain will be unacceptable.”

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Tourism in COVID-19 crisis: MEPs demand clear action plan to help the sector

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 24 aprile 2020

Bruxelles. Parliament’s Transport and Tourism Committee urges the Commission to come up with a European action plan to help the tourism sector to overcome the crisis.MEPs reiterated, in a debate with Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton, that the tourism sector needs more support in the ongoing COVID-19 crisis through specific measures, funding, increased EU-level coordination and a targeted roadmap. The demand for a sector-specific recovery plan and strategy was echoed across the political spectrum.Commissioner Breton acknowledged that tourism was the first sector hit by the coronavirus and it is likely to be the slowest to recover from the crisis. “We have to come up with a strong response,” explained Breton. “Tourism is our priority and we are trying to do as much as we can with the existing funds.”Beyond providing safety via short-term financing, the Commissioner said that tourism should benefit extensively also from the long-term crisis recovery plans, which will be funded through the next long-term EU budget (2021-2027). He is supporting the idea of a dedicated budget line “with the depth and firepower we need for the sector to get over this crisis”.The Commissioner also added that the ultimate goal is to reform and reinvent the tourism sector and proposed to hold a European Tourism Summit for sustainable tourism this autumn.Certainty on travel restrictions needed before summer holidays
Several MEPs also asked for more certainty regarding travel and movement restrictions that could continue in the coming months, including possible bans on visiting beaches because of social distancing rules. The Commissioner explained that sufficient guarantees for safety and security are needed before such restrictions are lifted. He added that the work on facilitating travel is ongoing and there will be more clarity ahead of the summer.On the questions regarding passenger rights and vouchers being offered by companies following cancelled bookings, the Commissioner assured MEPs that passenger rights remain protected and member states can already support their tourism businesses by providing liquidity for companies, including to cope with travellers’ demands for reimbursement.

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China-Thailand Strategic Cooperation Starts Three New Growth Points Following Tourism

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 27 agosto 2019

According to Thailand media reports, Thailand’s Minister of Tourism and Sports recently submitted a bill to Thai Prime Minister Prayuth to introduce a one-year free visa policy for Chinese and Indian tourists. The move was aimed at stimulating the development of Thailand’s tourism industry as a whole and striving to achieve a tourism revenue of 3.4 trillion baht.Earlier, Piphat said the lasting impact on Thailand’s tourism development, including economic problems, foreign tourists’ confidence problems, the appreciation of the Thai baht, Chinese tourists’ suspension of travel to Thailand. Therefore, the department planned to introduce a one-year free visa policy and replace the free visa on arrival policy that expires on October 31, 2019.Not only does Thailand want to boost tourism exchanges with China, the relationship between China and Thailand has been stable. In recent years, with the in-depth development of Sino-Thai relations, the cooperation between the two sides has gone far beyond tourism and agricultural trade. China hopes not only that Thailand will become more prosperous, but also that Thailand will become safer and more innovative. China-Thailand cooperation is moving towards three more strategic areas.The first is military security cooperation. The long-term stability of China-Thailand relationship has enabled the two countries to form a firm strategic mutual trust. In the future, China and Thailand are expected to carry out more extensive military equipment cooperation, including supporting Thailand in building its own military industry chain and jointly developing weapons and equipment.The second is medical cooperation. In August 2019, the China-Thailand Joint Research Institute of Natural Medicine held an opening ceremony in Bangkok, which will help promote the health cooperation between the two countries and the industrialization of natural medicines.Finally, cooperation in scientific and technological innovation. The implementation of protectionism by the U.S. in the field of science and technology has brought about new changes in global science and technology cooperation, while Thailand, due to its political neutrality, will play a more important role in the future.

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Life beyond tourism porta i made in Italy in Cina

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 8 giugno 2019

Cultura e impresa al Ciftis 2019 grazie al Centro Studi ed Incontri Internazionali e al Movimento Life Beyond Tourism che ha portato le eccellenze del made in Italy nella capitale cinese.La cultura è il biglietto da visita per le 20 aziende italiane che si sono presentate al Ciftis, la terza fiera per importanza di tutta la Cina, che si è appena conclusa a Pechino. Sono state giornate ricche di incontri ed eventi, conferenze e presentazioni in cui le imprese hanno attivato contatti e presentato le loro attività al mercato internazionale.Le aziende affiliate al Movimento Life Beyond Tourism hanno avuto il privilegio di partire per la Cina e di partecipare come uniche aziende del panorama italiano alla più importante fiera di Pechino con le tipicità del territorio e la loro storia e di tornare con un “bagaglio” ricco di soddisfazioni e nuovi contatti nella rete internazionale.
Per tutte le aziende il Ciftis ha rappresentato un’opportunità di grande valore culturale e commerciale e la possibilità di partecipare, insieme al Movimento Life Beyond Tourism, ai numerosi incontri e conferenze anche nel ruolo di relatore. Tra gli interventi più interessanti l’incontro Florence Promoting Conference all’interno del programma “2019 China International Fair For Trade in Services International Cities Cultural Dialogue Summit Forum” durante il quale le realtà italiane aderenti al Movimento Life Beyond Tourism si sono presentate alle istituzioni, ai media e ai possibili buyers.
Davanti ai media locali, Tv nazionale e istituzioni, il Movimento Life Beyond Tourism ha inoltre nuovamente firmato il Memorandum d’Intesa quinquennale con China Society for the Promotion of Science and Tecnology Commercialization Search for Culture Power Committee, con l’obiettivo di favorire la collaborazione fra la Cina e l’Italia nei settori dell’arte, della cultura, del turismo, dell’educazione, della tecnologia e dell’ambiente in linea con le tematiche del prossimo forum internazionale, World Forum to Change through Dialogue, promosso dalla Fondazione Romualdo Del Bianco, organizzato dal Centro Studi ed Incontri Internazionali di cui il Movimento Life Beyond Tourism è partner ufficiale (Firenze, 13-15 Marzo 2020).
L’area culturale della fiera è stata decisamente la più visitata dove le nostre aziende italiane hanno esposto i propri prodotti e le espressioni del territorio: dalle eccellenze alimentari con Assocantuccini (Associazione dei produttori dei Cantucci Toscani riconosciuti IGP), La Provenzale (azienda dolciaria che seleziona le migliori materie prime rispettando antiche ricette e metodi di lavorazione artigianale), Dalma (produttori di olio biologico toscano sulle colline di Fiesole), Salumificio Lombardi (dal 1923 produttore di salumi tipici toscani), Sale Ideale (produzione e vendita all’ingrosso di sale con basso contenuto di sodio) e la Tenuta di Moriano (tenuta vinicola e agriturismo nel Chianti); e ancora i migliori abiti e capi spalla da uomo italiani rappresentati da Via Piana, i cosmetici bio a base di olio d’oliva extravergine toscano IGP e di olio essenziale di rosa damascena prodotti da Idea Toscana, le opere di artigianato artistico fiorentino dell’azienda Tirinnanzi con i suoi vassoi decorati con motivi floreali neoclassici e paesaggi toscani e le borse di Sapaf Atelier, che realizza dal 1954 borse artigianali e accessori in pelle in collaborazione con grandi firme internazionali. Per il settore dell’accoglienza il Centro Congressi al Duomo, sede di pratica applicazione di Life Beyond Tourism con gli hotel Pitti Palace al Ponte Vecchio e Laurus al Duomo a Firenze, B&B Hotels la catena alberghiera di budget hotel presente con 3 strutture a Firenze, il gruppo Ars Hotel con l’ospitalità di due boutique hotel nel centro storico di Firenze e Mugel Travel, Tour Operator e agenzia di viaggi presente anche sul mercato cinese. A completare la delegazione due realtà associative: Casartigiani, Associazione che rappresenta l’artigianato e la piccola e media impresa del territorio sardo, l’Associazione Storico Mercato Centrale di Firenze – luogo di incontro dei fiorentini tra cultura storica e tradizione dei sapori nella storica sede a due passi dalla Basilica di San Lorenzo. Infine China 2000, azienda di promozione e vendita di prodotti e servizi Made in Italy in Cina, e il Museo Casa di Dante di Firenze, che raccoglie documenti e reperti del poeta fiorentino.

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Asia Cruise Cooperation Welcomes Growth and Expansion in 2019

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 11 aprile 2019

Delegates from the Asia Cruise Cooperation (ACC) partners delivered key updates and initiatives to media and cruise industry executives, and celebrate the 5th anniversary of fruitful partnership at a special luncheon in Miami, Fla., during Seatrade Cruise Global 2019, the leading annual global business-to-business event in the cruise industry.
Cruise tourism in Asia has been identified as one of the fastest-growing sectors in tourism development, with the number of cruise passengers increasing by an estimated annual average of 33%, from 775 000 in 2012 to nearly 4.26 million in 2018. To capture the opportunities from the growing Asian cruise market, ACC has been working on various kinds of consumer and trade marketing activities in the past few years, and the ACC partnering destinations are enhancing their facilities, policies and infrastructure, as well as diversifying their destination appeal, to encourage more ship deployments in the region and to attract more visitors to the partner destinations.
Asia Cruise Cooperation (ACC), founded in 2014, is a committed and resourceful alliance of Hainan, Hong Kong, Korea, the Philippines, Taiwan and Xiamen, which share the mission of promoting maximum growth in cruise tourism for partner destinations and for Asia. Together, the six destinations provide a one-stop platform to support cruise development and tourism in Asia. The key areas of ACC’s work include facilitating itinerary development, sharing industry and market insights, enhancing cruise lines’ marketing efforts with funding support, and creating consumer demand for cruise tourism.

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Japan Outbound MICE Tourism Market

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 27 febbraio 2019

Traveler Flows, Spending Patterns, Main Destination Markets and Forecast to 2025 offers the most up-to-date industry data on the actual market situation and future outlook for Japan outbound MICE tourism market. The report offers an in-depth analysis of traveler flows, spending patterns, main destination markets and current and future opportunities for tourism businesses seeking to tap into the Japan outbound MICE tourism market. This report also provides readers with insight into MICE tourism, a rapidly growing segment within the travel industry. The report includes historical data from 2013 to 2018 and forecasts until 2025.This report provides clear insight into current and future tourism developments of the Japan outbound MICE tourism market. Furthermore, this report uses the main destination-focused analysis to explore Japan outbound MICE tourism market. A detailed main destination analysis of the market is provided, covering a total of 20 destinations. The report also explores detailed description of growth drivers and inhibitors of the Japan outbound MICE tourism market.The main MICE destinations for the Japanese travelers covered in the report are United States, Hawaii, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Hong Kong, India, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Malaysia, Macau, Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand.

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L’Australia on the news con la sua ultimissima campagna dedicata ai giovani

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 8 ottobre 2017

Sydney, perla australianaSYDNEY/PRNewswire/ Consegnando il suo primo bollettino dall’alto del Sydney Harbour Bridge, Tourism Australia lancia un nuovo canale di informazione che racconta curiose storie da tutta l’Australia nell’ambito della nuova campagna, da 5 milioni di dollari, dedicata ai giovani.Realizzato da giovani per i giovani, Aussie News Today condividerà storie da tutta l’Australia, mandandole in onda direttamente nel notiziaro seguito da milioni di giovani e potenziali viaggiatori da tutto il mondo.
John O’Sullivan, Managing Director di Tourism Australia, ha dichiarato che la nuova campagna metterà in rilievo le diverse destinazioni ed esperienze uniche disponibili per i giovani viaggiatori e per coloro che partecipano al programma di vacanza lavoro (working holidaymaker programme) in Australia.
“Prevediamo di regalare un sorriso ai giovani con Aussie News Today, presentando nuove storie divertenti, a volte irriverenti ed esaltanti di vita quotidiana in Australia.”Dalle immersioni in gabbia per vedere i coccodrilli ai selfie con i quokka, dalle gare di cammelli e boxe dei canguri, ai Big Banana e alle Giant Pineapple – l’Australia è un continente straordinario con tantissime storie da condividere poiché ci sono ragioni eccezionali per visitarlo,” ha dichiarato O’Sullivan.
Aussie News Today sarà una campagna basata sui social, lanciata da tre carismatici giovani australiani: la stella dei Wallabies Rugby Union Nick Cummins (alias “The Honey Badger”, in italiano “Il tasso del miele”), la presentatrice TV Teigan Nash e Lincoln Lewis, ex attore della soap Home and Away. Tutti e tre viaggeranno e racconteranno storie tutto il paese.Saranno raccolti esclusivamente contenuti australiani provenienti da tutto il paese e saranno condivisi su scala globale utilizzando i canali digitali e social di Tourism Australia, compresi i profili Facebook e Instagram dedicati a Aussie News Today, e sulla piattaforma di informazione Australia.com.Sarà creato un contenuto supplementare per i giovani nell’ambito della prima partnership al mondo con BuzzFeed, che vedrà otto giovani viaggiatori provenienti dall’Europa coinvolti un un road trip di tre mesi attraverso l’Australia per raccontare le loro esperienze sulla cultura locale, i festival, gli eventi, il cibo il e vino del paese.I giovani viaggiatori rappresentano il 25 per cento degli arrivi internazionali in Australia (2,1 milioni) e il 46 per cento della spesa complessiva (18,7 miliardi AUD).Gli australiani, gli operatori del turismo australiano e i visitatori con permessi di vacanza lavoro sono invitati a mandarci nuove idee attraverso #AussieNewsToday, e a visitare Australia.com per scoprire nuovi itinerari e per rimanere aggiornati su Aussie News Today. La campagna sarà inizialmente incentrata su quattro dei più grandi mercati dei giovani australiani: il Regno Unito, la Francia, la Germania e l’Italia, prima di essere estesa ad altri mercati il prossimo anno.

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Foxwoods Resort Casino to Add Karting Experience to Diverse Roster of Adventure Tourism Attractions

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 25 settembre 2017

newton_maNewton, MA 275 Washington Street. Foxwoods® Resort Casino announced the next step in its evolution as the Northeast’s premier full-service resort destination: a high-performance, European-style indoor karting center. The track, which will feature dramatic elevation changes and hairpin turns, is set to join the recently opened Foxwoods Thrill Tower and upcoming HighFlyer Zipline as another standout addition to Foxwoods’ impressive portfolio of adventure attractions.Foxwoods teamed up with On Track Karting, a recognized leader in the karting industry, to offer guests a true motorsport feel on one of the longest and fastest indoor kart runs ever constructed. The top-of-the-line, multi-level track will feature gas-powered, nine-horsepower karts that give drivers the power and control necessary for the ultimate high-speed rush.“Our goal is to continue to provide more fun and exciting reasons for guests to visit Foxwoods,” said Felix Rappaport, President and CEO of Foxwoods Resort Casino. “As a leader in the entertainment industry, this is the next logical step as we continue to evolve into the premier resort destination in North America.” Foxwoods, together with racing enthusiast and star of Fast N’ Loud Richard Rawlings, made the announcement earlier today in front of a packed crowd at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in advance of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series’ ISM Connect 300. Rawlings also unveiled a kart emblazoned with his Gas Monkey Garage logo that he promises to take back to his famed shop, where he will work his magic to turn it into the fastest kart on the track.Construction is set to begin in late September and the karting center is scheduled to open in early 2018. To get your engine started, visit Foxwoods.com/karting for more information.

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Shaping a prosperous future for nautical tourism in Europe

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 1 maggio 2017

europeThis sector can provide economic opportunities for coastal communities, and the paper describes several areas where action is needed to unleash this potential and overcome existing obstacles to growth. It also stresses the need to minimise adverse environmental impacts.About one in ten EU citizens (48 million) participate regularly in water sports. 36 million participate regularly in boating activities, keeping about 6 million boats in European waters. Related services like equipment repair, boat charter, marinas and others generate a significant number of jobs and revenue. In total, the EU’s nautical tourism sector comprises up to 234 000 jobs and generates € 28 billion in revenue each year.
Issues addressed in the paper include:recognition of professional and private skippers licences – 74% of professional skippers confirm that they are unable to work freely within the EU because their professional qualifications are not recognised in other EU member states; on-board safety equipment – a variety of rules and equipment required on board is hindering freedom of movement across the EU single market;
innovation for marinas and boating development – marinas need to become more innovative to keep them accessible to an ageing population and to make them attractive to younger people and families; the potential of combined nautical and coastal tourism products – combined products can help the tourism sector cope with seasonality and volatile demand;
what happens to end of life boats – at least 80,000 boats reach their ‘end of use’ each year but only around 2,000 of those are dismantled. The rest are left abandoned, stored by their last owners, sent to landfill or incinerated. This poses a threat to the environment and a recycling challenge, and should be addressed properly.
The paper follows from the 2014 Commission Communication “A European Strategy for more Growth and Jobs in Coastal and Maritime Tourism”, which touched upon some of the challenges faced by the nautical tourism sector. They include a lack of innovation and diversification, volatile demand and seasonality, mismatch of skills and qualifications as well as growing environmental pressures.

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Nuovo record per Abu Dhabi

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 13 febbraio 2017

saif-s-ghobashsummit-overseas-officesAbu Dhabi, EAU Secondo i dati raccolti da Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority, (TCA Abu Dhabi), il 2016 è stato un anno da record per i visitatori ad Abu Dhabi. Più di 4.4 milioni di arrivi con una crescita dell’8% rispetto al 2015. Le statistiche analizzate attraverso i pernottamenti, la lunghezza media di soggiorno e i ricavi hanno ottenuto ottimi risultati, registrando un numero di 12.031.628 di guest night. I dati sul record degli arrivi 2016 sono stati ufficializzati durante l’Overseas Offices Summit con tutti i rappresentanti degli uffici TCA all’estero e dell’industria turistica. Giunto alla 6ˆ Edizione, l’Overseas Offices Summit è l’appuntamento annuale cruciale dove i più importanti operatori del settore incontrano e identificano le opportunità di business nei vari mercati internazionali.
“Questo risultato eccezionale dimostra un crescente appeal dell’Emirato a livello internazionale, così come il continuo successo nel posizionare Abu Dhabi come una destinazione globale di alto livello grazie alla possibilità di fare esperienze uniche, esplorare un ricco patrimonio culturale, scoprire illimitate opportunità per le famiglie, il tempo libero ed eventi MICE”, dichiara S.E. Saif Saeed Ghobash, Direttore Generale, TCA Abu Dhabi. (photos: Saif S. Ghobash, Summit Overseas Offices)

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Commission launches call worth €1.5m to promote coastal and maritime tourism

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 17 dicembre 2016

The European Commission is making available €1.5 million to create nautical routes linking up maritime sites across Europe. The announcement was made by Karmenu Vella, Commissioner for Environment, Fisheries and Maritime Affairs, when opening the European Tourism Day conference in Brussels today.”With today’s call for proposals we are shining a light on Europe’s rich maritime heritage, from museums to monuments. By encouraging tourist authorities to team up with the cultural and creative industeuropean commissionries, this call will create new tourist offers, making Europe’s coastal regions an even more attractive holiday destination”, Commissioner Vella said.Commissioner Vella also used his opening speech to stress the role of innovation in keeping Europe’s maritime and coastal tourism competitive and attractive.”Tourism is changing. Holidaymakers are increasingly looking for more than traditional ‘sun, sand and sea’ package. So innovation is indispensable to keep you – and Europe – in business. And we also need innovation to keep our air, landscapes and waters clean. Because Europe’s natural treasures are some of our greatest tourism assets. So going green is not just good for the environment. It’s good for business,” he said.
Coastal tourism is the most popular type of tourism in Europe. Two out of three European tourists prefer to spend their holidays on the coast, and nearly half of all nights spent in EU tourist accommodation are spent in coastal areas. Together with cruise tourism, yachting and marinas, coastal tourism in the EU provides almost 3 million jobs and generates revenue of 400 billion euros.The Commission is supporting maritime and coastal tourism by funding new ideas, fostering dialogue, and promoting Europe as a maritime destination, in line with its 2014 ‘European Strategy for more Growth and Jobs in Coastal and Maritime Tourism’.Its ‘Guide on Funding for Coastal and Maritime Tourism’, developed in early 2016, gives a helpful overview of available EU funding.Today’s call for proposals follows a call for the creation of underwater cultural routes earlier this year.

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WTTC comment on the UK vote to leave the European Union

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 25 giugno 2016

tourism_travel_world_map_-_magicwall.caFollowing the referendum on 23 June, the people of the United Kingdom have voted to leave the European Union. The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) emphasises that travel to, from and within the EU and UK will not be affected in the short term. The process set out by the Lisbon Treaty allows for a two year period of negotiation once the UK formally states its intention to leave the EU, and this period could even be extended by agreement of all the parties. During this period the legislation around Travel & Tourism will remain unchanged.David Scowsill, President & CEO, WTTC, said: “We are entering a period of market uncertainty which will undoubtedly put pressure on Travel & Tourism businesses, however we know that our sector is resilient and we expect business and leisure travel to hold up in the face of these challenges.”

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New research shows that Travel & Tourism can be a driver of peace

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 7 maggio 2016

india-travel-insuranceWith terror and security scares against tourists filling many headlines in the past few months, today the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) is pleased to launch a new research report quantifying for the first time the links between tourism and peace.
While Travel & Tourism has often been recognised for its ability to drive peace, security and understanding, to date, there has been little empirical evidence to support this link.The report, Tourism as a Driver for Peace, conducted with the Institute of Economics and Peace (IEP), the world’s pre-eminent think tank measuring peace, shows how important an open and sustainable tourism sector can be for the levels of peace in a country.Countries with more open and sustainable tourism sectors* have higher levels of peace and lower levels of conflict and violence. Increases in tourism sustainability can lead to improvements in the functioning of governments. As governments respond to tourism demand and create a welcoming environment for further tourism expansion, this ultimately increases future peace, the report states.Over the last decade the world has become increasingly unequal in terms of its levels of peacefulness, with the most peaceful countries enjoying increasing levels of peace and prosperity, while the least peaceful countries are facing greater levels of violence and conflict. This research shows that the more sustainable and open a country’s tourism sector, the less peace levels have declined. Even in conflict-affected countries, all of which saw their levels of peace drop in the period between 2008 and 2015, those that had more open and sustainable tourism saw a significantly lower drop in peace than countries with less sustainable tourism sectors.David Scowsill, President and CEO of WTTC, said: “Travel & Tourism’s economic impact is now well established and widely recognised, and governments around the world are increasingly looking to the sector to provide livelihoods and jobs, and drive economic development. However, the benefits of tourism as a force for good, its ability to bring peace, security and understanding have been harder to quantify. I am delighted that this research now shows that Travel & Tourism does have a strong link to creating peaceful societies.In a world of increasing risk and security concerns, this research is compelling evidence of why governments should continue to focus on tourism development for the good of their people, and make policy decisions that balance the safety of their citizens with the continued facilitation of travel for business and leisure purposes.” Steve Killelea, Founder & Executive Chairman, IEP, said: “The data shows how tourism and peace can support each other and increase societal resilience, prosperity and peace in the long term. This also shows how the tourism sector is one of the key areas in which the private sector can play a positive and tangible role in contributing to global peace.”

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World Travel & Tourism Council announces Global Summit Programme

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 4 marzo 2016

tourism_travel_world_map_-_magicwall.caInfluencers to tackle travel security, collaborative economy, oil price and exchange rate impacts and the balance between technology and human interaction.The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) is excited to announce the programme for its 16th Annual Global Summit 2016, taking place in Dallas, Texas, 6-7 April 2016. David Scowsill, President & CEO, said: “The influence of the recent geopolitical shifts, global sustainability accords, and technological developments, together with ever-demanding consumers, is transforming the way businesses work, transact and report. These are interesting times for this sector: challenges around safety triggered by terrorist attacks and migration have sparked many debates on border security; new technologies have continued to drive visa facilitation and retailing opportunities; exchange rate movements have put major pressures on key markets; oil price fluctuations have brought some benefits for consumers and some hardships for economies.”The thought-provoking Summit Programme will address the theme Travel Beyond Boundaries, inviting renowned influencers on stage to discuss the issues that are impacting the unsteady global economic climate in general and this sector in particular.Mr. Scowsill added: “I am extremely pleased that the US government is expressing its commitment to Travel & Tourism as the Summit welcomes Penny Pritzker US Secretary of Commerce, who will address the importance of public and private partnerships.”
Further WTTC Global Summit Programme highlights include:Jeremy Rifkin, Advisor to the European Union, President of the Foundation on Economic Trends, will share his views on how technology is changing business as he discusses Global Mega Trends.
Jeffrey Sachs, American Economist and Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, will address Disease and Migration and the role of the Travel & Tourism sector in tackling these two major global issues.
PW Singer, Security Specialist, will talk about Cyber and Data Security, and whether the current demand for enhanced security warrants giving up some of our personal freedom.
Barry Diller, CEO & Chairman, IAC and Founder of Expedia, will be interviewed on his predictions for the future of Travel & Tourism, along with the latest trends shaping our sector.
The 2016 Global Summit will be fully livestreamed, so that anyone anywhere in the world is able to follow this year’s exceptional programme.

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