Environment

European Commission organises High Level Conference on Sustainable Tourism

Conference will take place on 8 May 2017 in Malta just before the EMAS Awards

The European Commission is currently organising the conference ‘High Level Conference - Opportunities and Challenges of Sustainable Tourism’. The conference will be held on the premises of the Casino Maltese in Valletta, Malta on 8 May 2017 in the presence of the Commissioner for the Environment, Karmenu Vella, and the Maltese Minister for Tourism Hon. Dr. Edward Zammit Lewis.

The event is being organised in light of the United Nations’ (UN) decision to adopt 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. The conference aims to discuss potential opportunities and actions that could be taken by tourism sector actors to further increase its sustainability, with a particular focus on the environmental aspects. Europe is the world's primary tourism destination and tourism generates 10% of EU GDP (Source: EEA). Limiting the impacts of tourism activities on the environment is thus a way to safeguard its attractiveness.

In keynote speeches and panel discussions, the conference will look at key trends and opportunities within sustainable tourism, present case studies on sustainable tourism in practice and assess the role of EMAS and the EU Ecolabel in promoting sustainable tourism within European Union Member States.

The conference will start in the afternoon and end in the early evening - just in time to attend the EMAS Awards ceremony that will take place in the same building after the conference closes. Participants may therefore benefit from two exciting events on the same day!

The conference will be held in English and admission will be free of charge. The full programme of the conference, as well as a link to the registration platform, will be available on this website soon. In the meantime, save the date!