50 European tourism stakeholders – signatories of the Tourism Manifesto which includes the leading tourism and transport associations and organizations in Europe, together with 15 Members of the European Parliament recently sent an open letter to the New European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, seeking greater recognition of the sector and the creation of a “Transport and Tourism” portfolio.
They underlined that the contribution of the European tourism sector should not be taken for granted as it seems to be since the New Commission has no plans for a policy unit or a budget specific for the tourism sector in spite of being Europe’s third largest industry, its destinations, businesses and jobs.
Moreover, both in Europe and world-wide, significant policy decisions will have to be made in the years to come on topics including sustainability, accessibility, safety and security, visa processing, digitalisation and economic competitiveness.
The Tourism Manifesto or with its full name the European Tourism Manifesto for Growth & Jobs is a document which highlights the EU policy priorities for the sector in the coming years. It has been made in support of stronger tourism policies at EU level stakeholder group while coordinated by the European Travel Commission.