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Tourism The Focus Of European Maritime Day

by Ulrika Lomas, Tax-News.com, Brussels

20 May 2013


Coastal development and sustainable maritime tourism has been chosen as the theme for this year's European Maritime Day, hosted in Valletta, Malta, on May 21-22, 2013.

European Maritime Day is held in the European Union to showcase the importance of the seas and oceans for Europeans' everyday life, and brings together industry stakeholders to discuss opportunities and challenges for maritime regions and sectors across Europe.

Tourism is the largest sector of the maritime industry, providing employment for 2.35 million people and producing over EUR100bn in value added to the EU economy every year. Crucially, the sector has remained remarkably resilient over the last few difficult years and continues to offer employment opportunities in coastal regions which are often isolated and which may not have extensive economic activities elsewhere. But seasonality and a lack of new, innovative concepts keep it from delivering its full potential in terms of growth and jobs.

Discussions will feed into a Communication by the European Commission on Coastal and Maritime Tourism scheduled for later this year. Issues specific to islands, such as connectivity and mobility, will also be at the heart of the Conference, while specific working groups will be devoted to the future of the cruise sector, marine and coastal management and the economic development of the Mediterranean Sea basin.

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