European Commission’s Tourism Advisory Committee
The European Commission’s Tourism Advisory Committee (hereinafter referred to as the ‘TAC’) was established under Council Decision 86/664/EEC of 22 December 1986. The TAC is comprised of representatives of EU Member States, who gather for meetings a few times per year, according to need. The purpose of the TAC is to exchange information among EU Member States and Candidate countries in the field of tourism, to consult and provide the opportunity to present the country’s position by drawing up guidelines on the latest European tourism policy, introducing Europe as a tourist region, addressing the most relevant tourism-related issues, and adopting communications from the European Commission.
Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee on the Regions 352/2010/COM ‘Europe, the world’s No. 1 tourist destination – a new political framework for tourism in Europe’ passed on 30 June 2010 (http://eur-lex.europa.eu/Result.do?T1=V5&T2=2010&T3=352&RechType=RECH_naturel&Submit=Ie%C5%A1koti).
The Communication outlines the following strategic priorities in European tourism:
• stimulate competitiveness in the European tourism sector;
• reduce tourism seasonality;
• promote innovation development in the field of tourism;
• promote the development of sustainable, responsible and high-quality tourism;
• use EU financial instruments for tourism purposes.
On approval by the TAC, projects promoting European tourism priorities are being implemented, namely: ‘The European Destinations of Excellence’, ‘50,000 Visitors’, etc.; the European tourism forums and celebrations to mark the Day of Tourism are held annually.
Further information on the Tourism Advisory Committee is available at http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/sectors/tourism/promoting-eu-tourism/community-commitment-tourism/index_en.htm.
Last date edited: 2012-05-09