Tourism is a major economic activity in the European Union, contributing about 10% to the Union gross domestic product and employing up to 26 million people through its direct, indirect and induced impact on the economy.
While it is true that the EU is the global leader in terms of international tourist arrivals and receipts, fast-growing tourism to some other destination is challenging this status quo
The EU tourism sector is also facing changes brought on by the digital revolution.
The first volume of the report "‘Overtourism’? – Understanding and Managing Urban Tourism Growth beyond Perceptions" examines how to manage tourism in urban destinations to the benefit of visitors and residents alike, showcasing eleven strategies and 68 measures to help better understand and manage visitor growth in cities. This second volume includes 18 case studies across the Americas, Asia and the Pacific and Europe.
This first volume of the report "‘Overtourism’? – Understanding and Managing Urban Tourism Growth beyond Perceptions" examines how to manage tourism in urban destinations to the benefit of visitors and residents alike, showcasing eleven strategies and 68 measures to help better understand and manage visitor growth in cities.
Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of current generations without compromising the ability of future generations to meet theirs. It is a concept deeply rooted in European policies. Over 40 years, Europe has put in place some of the world's highest environmental standards and ambitious climate policies, and championed the Paris Agreement.
The Commission is now launching a forward-looking debate on sustainable development, as part of the broader reflection opened by the White Paper on the Future of Europe in March 2017.
The objective of this policy brief is to describe the different opportunities created through digital technologies for the preservation and promotion of cultural heritage. The document provides a brief overview of the EU policy documents addressingdigitisation of cultural heritage and presents inspiring good practices stemming from the Interreg Europe projects.Digital solutions are also applied inthe field ofnatural heritage,but the focus of this policy brief is on cultural heritage.
According to the European Travel Commission's latest report "European Tourism -Trends & Prospects 2018", Europe remains the most visited region in the world, with a 6% upswing in international tourist arrivals in 2018 compared to the previous year. This growth continues despite ongoing trade tensions, uncertainty surrounding Brexit and the economic slowdown in the Eurozone and China.