Brussels plans a European summit for tourism in September or October

The Commissioner for the Internal Market, the Frenchman Thierry Breton, has announced this Tuesday that he is preparing to hold a «European Summit on Tourism» in September or October, when the control of the coronavirus pandemic allows it, to start a reflection that allows «reinventing» the sector towards a more «innovative, sustainable and resilient» business.

«My goal is sustainable tourism. For this, I propose, because I think it is very important to have a discussion about it in the coming months, the organization in September or October of a European summit on tourism,» Breton said in a debate. with MEPs from the Transport Committee of the European Parliament.

The objective of this event, the date of which will depend on the coronavirus health context allowing it, will be to «reflect together on the aftermath» and establish a ‘road map’ that will allow the European sector to be renewed to turn it into tourism » more sustainable, innovative and resilient. «

The French commissioner added that he hopes that they will be able to participate in some way in the summit «all the actors» of European tourism can participate and that all the elements affected in the sector, including areas such as ecology or agriculture, will be taken into account.

Breton has been convinced that it is necessary to coordinate actions at the European level to relaunch the tourism sector and has argued that relaunching this sector is among his priorities in the framework of the recovery measures contemplated by Brussels.

Before preparing the summit to redefine the sector, added the commissioner, the priority must be to give the necessary instruments to the affected actors to get out of the current situation.