Coastal and maritime tourism
The extraordinary beauty, cultural wealth and great diversity of EU's coastal areas have made them the preferred destination for many holidaymakers in Europe and abroad, making coastal and maritime tourism an important tourism sector. Employing over 3.2 million people, this sector generates a total of € 183 billion in gross value added and representing over one third of the maritime economy. As much as 51% of bed capacity in hotels across Europe is concentrated in regions with a sea border.
As part of EU's Blue Growth strategy, the coastal and maritime tourism sector has been identified as an area with special potential to foster a smart, sustainable and inclusive Europe. It is the biggest maritime sector in terms of gross value added and employment and, according to the Blue Growth Study [3 MB] All available translations., is expected to grow by 2-3% by 2020. In 2012, Cruise tourism alone represents 330,000 jobs and a direct turnover of €15.5 billion and is expected to grow.
The European Maritime Day (EMD) 2013 focused on coastal and maritime tourism and was the opportunity to introduce the results of a public consultation launched to prepare a communication on coastal and maritime tourism. The EU Commission adopted a Communication [99 KB] All available translations. on "A European Strategy for more Growth and Jobs in Coastal and Maritime Tourism" on 20 February 2014, presenting a new strategy to enhance coastal and maritime tourism in Europe in order to unlock the potential of this promising sector.
The Commission has identified 14 actions which can help the sector grow sustainably and provide added impetus to Europe's coastal regions. For example, the Commission proposes to develop an online guide to the main funding opportunities available for the sector and to support the development of trans-national and interregional partnerships, networks, clusters and smart specialisation strategies in coastal and maritime tourism. The Commission will work with Member States, regional and local authorities and the industry to implement these actions. For more information, please check Questions and Answers on the European strategy for coastal and maritime tourism.
High Level Conference on Coastal and Maritime Tourism and Blue Growth on 10 March 2014 in Athens
Commissioner Maria Damanaki and Vice-President Antonio Tajani presented the Communication on "A European Strategy for more Growth and Jobs in Coastal and Maritime Tourism" adopted on 20 February 2014, with a new strategy to enhance coastal and maritime tourism in Europe. On this occasion, a Business to Business event also took place, allowing Greek and International companies to network, discuss business partnerships and investments in Greece.
- European Maritime Day 2013: Coastal development and sustainable maritime tourism - an investment for blue growth
- Coastal and Maritime Tourism in Europe: Towards a Competitive, Innovative and Sustainable Approach, Committee of the Regions Workshop, 29 April 2012
- European Tourism Day 2012: Overcoming Seasonality and Boosting Tourism in Coastal Areas
All news (press releases, speeches, etc)
- Speech by Maria Damanaki European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries at the Public hearing of INSULEUR, the Network of the Insular Chambers of Commerce and Industry of the European Union, Brussels, 8 May 2014 "Opening Speech"
- Speech by Maria Damanaki European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries at the High Level Conference on Coastal and Maritime Tourism, Athens, 10 March 2014 "EU strategy promoting coastal and maritime tourismAll available translations."
- Speech by Maria Damanaki European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries at the European Maritime Day, Malta, 21 May 2013 "Success All Year Round: Challenges and Opportunities for Maritime and Coastal TourismAll available translations."
- Speech by Maria Damanaki European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries at the European Tourism Day 2012, Brussels, 27 September 2012 "Maritime and Coastal Tourism: The Way AheadAll available translations.
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Maritime surveillance: Joining forces with Member States for safer seas and oceans
The European Commission today took a further step towards more effective and cost-efficient surveillance of European Seas. By bringing together surveillance data from civil and military authorities like coast guards, navies, traffic monitoring, environmental and pollution monitoring, fisheries and border control, duplication of work can be avoided and savings of up to €400 million per year can be made.
- 08/07/2014 - Questions and answers on the Common Information Sharing Environment (CISE) and its contribution to maritime security
Call for experts: structured dialogue under ESI Funds (deadline 05/08)
The European Commission is looking for organisations to join the recently established structured dialogue group of experts on the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF). Among others areas, this is particularly relevant for the Common Fisheries Policy and the Integrated Maritime Policy, through the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF).