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EUROPEAN TOURISM FORUM 2016

EUROPEAN TOURISM FORUM 2016
Published on: 13/10/2016
The 15th European Tourism Forum took place in Bratislava, Slovak Republic, on 11 October 2016.
Event date: 11/10/2016
Location: Bratislava - Slovakia

The Forum had three thematic sessions focusing on topics of particular importance to the EU tourism sector: 

  • Taxation
  • Collaborative Economy
  • Digital Transformation

The event was opened by several high-level speeches from:

  • the Slovak Minister of Transport, Construction and Regional Development, Mr Arpád Érsek
  • the Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, Ms Elżbieta Bieńkowska
  • the Maltese Minister for Tourism, Mr Edward Zammit Lewis
  • the Member of the European Parliament responsible for the EP Tourism Task Force, Mr István Ujhelyi
  • and the UNWTO Executive Director for Programme and Coordination, Mr Zoltan Somogyi.

The official opening was followed by a high-level opening debate where ministerial representatives from Lithuania, Bulgaria, Portugal, Poland and Greece exchanged views on the current challenges in the European tourism sector and the joint promotion of Europe as a tourist destination.

The Forum gathered around 170 high-level public and private tourism stakeholders.

Programme

Panel 1: A Favourable Business Environment for the Competitiveness of the EU Tourism Sector - Taxation

Discussion Paper

Presentations

Panel 2: Collaborative Economy in the Tourism Sector

Discussion Paper

Presentations

 Panel 3: Digital Transformation in the EU Tourism Sector

Discussion Paper

Presentations

Contact

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