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European Tourism Forum, Nicosia 2012

The European Tourism Forum 2012 was held in Nicosia (Cyprus) in the afternoon of the 25th and morning of the 26th of October and was dedicated to two topics of particular importance: “Promotion of Europe as a Tourist Destination” and “Facilitation of Tourism Flows to Europe”.

The event was organised by the Cyprus Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism and the Cyprus Tourism Organisation, in collaboration with the European Commission, within the framework of the Cyprus Presidency of the Council of the European Union.


It brought together leading representatives from the tourism industry, civil society, European Institutions, national and regional authorities dealing with tourism, and international organizations.

The Forum was opened by Mr. Neoklis Sylikiotis, Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism, Cyprus, Mr. Alekos Orountiotis, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Cyprus Tourism Organisation, Mr. Marios Hannides, Director General, Cyprus Tourism Organisation, and Mr. Pedro Ortún, Director of Service Industries, Directorate General Enterprise and Industry, European Commission.


  • Programme of the European Tourism Forum 2012, Nicosia, Cyprus
  • Short Statements were given by representatives from Member States, Institutions and Stakeholder Representatives:
    • Mr Staffan Nilsson, President
      European Economic and Social Committee
    • Ms. Isabel Garaña
      Regional Director for Europe, UNWTO
    • Mr. Sergio Arzeni, Directore
      Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs and Local Development (CFE), OECD
    • Mr. François Ballestero pdf - 109 KB [109 KB]
      Political Secretary for Civil Aviation and Tourism, European Transport Workers' Federation (ETF)
    • Ms Katarzyna Sobierajska
      Undersecretary of State, Ministry of Sports and Tourism, Host of the 10th ETF, Poland

Panel 1: “Promotion of Europe as a Tourist Destination”

Panel 2: “Facilitation of Tourism Flows to Europe”

  • Mr. Boris Žgomba pdf - 104 KB [104 KB] President, European Travel Agents’ and Tour Operators Association (ECTAA)
  • Mr. Tom Jenkins pdf - 404 KB [404 KB] Executive Director, European Tour Operators Association (ETOA)
  • Mr. Toby Nicol pdf - 449 KB [449 KB] Government and Industry Affairs Director, World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC)
  • Mr. Diederick Paalman pdf - 479 KB [479 KB] Deputy Head of Visa Policy Unit, Directorate General Home Affairs, European Commission



  • Mr. Antti Peltomäki pdf - 60 KB [60 KB] Deputy Director-General of DG Enterprise and Industry, European Commission
  • Mr. Carlo Fidanza
    MEP, European Parliament, Committee on Transport and Tourism
  • Mr. Esteban Mas Portell
    EU Balearic Islands Delegate and member of the Committee of the Regions

Closing Remarks

  • Mr. Paul Bates pdf - 15 KB [15 KB] ,
    Assistant Secretary, Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, Presidency 1st Semester 2013, Ireland
  • Mr. Daumantas Lapinskas
    Vice-Minister of Economy, Presidency 2nd Semester 2013, Host of the 12th ETF, Lithuania
  • Mr. Neoklis Sylikiotis pdf - 137 KB [137 KB] ελληνικά (el) Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism, Cyprus


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