European Tourism Day 2012 : Seasonality, Maritime and Coastal Tourism (Brussels, 27 September)
DG Enterprise and Industry and DG Maritime Affairs and Fisheries joined their efforts to stimulate the growth and sustainability of the tourism industry, at the occasion of the European Tourism Day on 27 September 2012.<br/>The conference was dedicated to the issues of "Seasonality" and "Maritime and Coastal Tourism".
Vice President of the European Commission, Antonio Tajani opened the Conference, recalling how necessary it was to make tourism an all-year activity to ensure sustainable and long-term employment for the tourism industry and better conditions for the tourists themselves.
Vice President Tajani also talked about the various initiatives of DG Enterprise and Industry which also contribute to the efforts to overcome seasonality.
During the morning session chaired by Mr Pedro Ortún, Director at DG Enterprise, a number of stakeholders presented and discussed their experience and best practices in the field.
The afternoon session was opened by Commissioner Maria Damanaki in charge of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries.
She explained how the new Commission Communication on the Challenges and Opportunities for Coastal and Maritime Tourism in Europe will promote dedicated sea-basin approaches and synergies between regions and across borders.
Mr. Mario De Marco, Minister for Tourism, Environment and Culture of Malta highlighted the importance of the tourism sector for his country underlining that real growth should not be growth at all costs but responsible and sustainable growth.
Ms Monique Pariat, Director at DG Maritime Affairs and Fisheries introduced the roundtable debate by presenting the first results of the public consultation on coastal and maritime tourism.