Event Address: 
New York, USA

Europe is certainly one of the most committed regions in the world towards the Oceans and the SDG14, while Coastal and Maritime Tourism is considered as one of the key sectors of the EU Blue Growth strategy

The panel “EU Tourism for Blue Growth” will share experiences at the different levels of governance for achieving Goals 8, 12 and 14. The key role that European regional policy makers play in developing and implementing innovative solutions will be illustrated with examples of smart governance and capacity to define a baseline and monitor progress in coastal and maritime tourism, while creating a space for NECSTouR as federator of SDGs in and Regions- through tourism: sharing and influencing regional policies when it comes to implementation to SDGs and Goal 14 in particular this year.

The momentum is generated by the Oceans Conference in combination with the 2017 International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development declared by the United Nations, to raise awareness on sustainable tourism as a catalyst for development, promoting tourism as a key pillar of a better future.

In the context of the universal 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the IY aims to support a change in policies, business practices and consumer behavior towards a more sustainable tourism sector than can contribute to the SDGs.

Indeed, Smart Coastal and Maritime Tourism management contributes not only to the implementation of SDG 14, but also to SDG 8 through the generation of blue/green jobs and to SDG 12 through the sustainable consumption and production in the tourism sector.

The key players gathered in this panel will illustrate the reasons for celebrating and calling for committed of the EU and its regions for smart Tourism for Sustainable Blue Growth.