On the occasion of the European Tourism Day on 27 September, leading tourism business alliance, Network of European Private Entrepreneurs in the Tourism Sector (NET) presented its proposals for the future European Tourism Policy to European Commission Vice-President Antonio Tajani.
At the meeting, Mr. Tajani said “Today's meeting with the NET alliance shows the contribution of tourism businesses and operators to the implementation of the European Commission communication “Europe, the world’s No1 tourist destination – a new political framework for tourism in Europe”. The proposals presented to me by NET will support the concrete implementation of many of the key actions of our Communication. Together we can make tourism in Europe more competitive, more sustainable and more diversified.”
NET’s proposal sets priorities for the future European Tourism Policy, in light of the new competencies acquired by the EU in the field of tourism after the entry into force of the Lisbon EU Treaty in December 2009, and supports the objectives of the Commission Communication to develop a new political framework for tourism, as the first necessary step towards an ambitious, cooperative and business-friendly European Tourism Policy, to benefit the European public and visitors alike.
NET representatives also emphasised the need to strengthen the role and resources of the Commission’s Tourism Unit, to match ambitions with resources and to guarantee that tourism concerns and interests are taken into account properly in other policy areas. NET leaders also called for standards applying to tourism services should to be industry-driven in order to reflect their specificity and needs, and for standardisation bodies not to take any initiative without the full support of the respective industry concerned and its customers.
Read NET’s comments on the Commission Communication on Tourism
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