Commission launches call worth €1.5m to promote coastal and maritime tourism
The European Commission is making available €1.5 million to create nautical routes linking up maritime sites across Europe. The announcement was made by Karmenu Vella, Commissioner for Environment, Fisheries and Maritime Affairs, when opening the European Tourism Day conference in Brussels on 29th November 2016.
Coastal tourism is the most popular type of tourism in Europe. Two out of three European tourists prefer to spend their holidays on the coast, and nearly half of all nights spent in EU tourist accommodation are spent in coastal areas. Together with cruise tourism, yachting and marinas, coastal tourism in the EU provides almost 3 million jobs and generates revenue of 400 billion euros.
The Commission is supporting maritime and coastal tourism by funding new ideas, fostering dialogue, and promoting Europe as a maritime destination, in line with its 2014 'European Strategy for more Growth and Jobs in Coastal and Maritime Tourism'.
Its 'Guide on Funding for Coastal and Maritime Tourism', developed in early 2016, gives a helpful overview of available EU funding.
Read more here: https://ec.europa.eu/maritimeaffairs/content/commission-launches-call-worth-%E2%82%AC15m-promote-coastal-and-maritime-tourism_en