EU ministers propose initiatives to boost tourism

The 12th European Tourism Forum in Vilnius, Lithuania
ROME - European tourism needs visa facilitation measures, initiatives to extend the tourism season, and new sources of funding. These are the main messages from the European Tourism Forum that took place on Oct. 17-18, 2013 in Vilnius, Lithuania.
The topic of the forum, Tourism – A Force for Economic Growth, Social Change and Welfare, allowed ministerial delegates to take stock of the implementation of the European Commission’s Communication “Europe, the world’s number one tourist destination – a new political framework for tourism in Europe.”
They met to discuss the impact of tourism on the EU economy and international tourism development trends, to look more closely at tourism support possibilities under the new financial period of 2014-2020, and to debate about one of the priorities of the Lithuanian Presidency of the EU Council – the Baltic Sea Region Strategy.
European Tourism Ministers had met for an informal debate prior to the 12th European Tourism Forum, where they discussed three important initiatives aimed at ensuring job creation and economic prosperity in this sector:
 - Simplifying short-stay visa processing to attract more tourists from emerging economies 
-  Strengthening senior tourism which can boost occupancy in low and medium seasons
 - Aligning future tourism initiatives with the priorities set in the new European financial period 2014-2020 to ensure funding and boost growth and competitiveness in this sector.
European Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship Antonio Tajani and Lithuanian Minister of the Economy Evaldas Gustas.