Action for More Sustainable European Tourism

The purpose of this report is to stimulate action to make European tourism more sustainable and to maintain this as a continuous process. It is aimed at public bodies, private enterprises and other organisations at the European, national, regional and local level. Much of the report is about encouraging joint action between the public and…

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The purpose of this report is to stimulate action to make European tourism more sustainable and to maintain this as a continuous process. It is aimed at public bodies, private enterprises and other organisations at the European, national, regional and local level. Much of the report is about encouraging joint action between the public and private sectors. It is the report of the Tourism Sustainability Group (TSG), which was set up by the European Commission in 2004. The Group1 comprises individuals from international bodies, member state governments, regional and local authorities, the tourism industry, professional bodies, environmental organisations, trade unions and research and educational bodies, who have expertise and experience in the sustainability of tourism. Members attended in their own capacity as experts rather than as representatives of organisations. In 2003 the European Commission reported on basic orientations for the sustainability of European tourism2. This heralded the formation of the TSG and charged it with creating a framework for action by the different stakeholders and providing guidance for local destination management and the use of indicators and monitoring systems. This report of the TSG is the result. The report will be used by the European Commission as the basis for communicating an Agenda for the Sustainability of European Tourism3, following a period of consultation. The report draws upon the deliberations of the TSG, including a number of working groups. It sets out: * Why tourism is so important in the pursuit of sustainable development and what our aims should be in making European tourism more sustainable. * The key challenges that European tourism faces in meeting these aims. * Recommended processes for working together to address the challenges. * A framework for action at different levels and by various stakeholder groups. * A set of specific initiatives to be taken at the European level.

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