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Tourism High Level Conference “Enhancing Europe’s tourism competitiveness through new products”



25 May 2017 – 26 May 2017
Spinola Suite – Hilton Malta
 
The Tourism High Level Conference will be discussing 6 themes contributing to the main theme, of promoting and managing year-round tourism growth through the dual principles of competitiveness and sustainability. Tourism is one of the world’s largest industries and rapidly changing economic sectors which is recognised and respected as one of the biggest agents of social and economic change in the world today. As a key contributor to a country’s Gross Domestic Product, enhancing tourism competitiveness is essential to maintain its positive effect on the European economy. This Conference will bring together different stakeholders ranging from policy-makers, regulatory bodies, the industry and also international organisations.

The Maltese Presidency will encourage discussions on how to maintain and strengthen the EU’s market share and increase competitiveness in this sector.  Focusing on higher added value, based on quality service and products in a sustainable manner, is also in line with addressing the priorities of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO). The Maltese Presidency also believes that the completion of the Digital Single Market can serve as an opportunity for Member States to tap into new global markets whilst increasing intra-EU tourism.

The two-day High Level Conference on Tourism is intended to bring together different stakeholders to discuss cross-cutting policy issues which have an impact on the Tourism sector. The subject of the conference is Enhancing Europe’s Tourism Competitiveness through New Products. During the first session of the conference, three High Level Panels will focus on the ‘Promotion of Europe as a Tourist Destination’; the ‘Sharing Economy: Impacts and Implications of the Sharing Economy on Tourism Development’ and ‘Connectivity and Digital Media’. The afternoon will be dedicated to parallel sessions during which ‘Upgrading skills in the tourism sector’, ‘Seasonality: Strategies for addressing seasonality impacts’ and ‘Coastal and Maritime Tourism’ will be discussed. The following day of the conference will take the form of an interactive session on Future Trends in Tourism.
 
Delegations will be cordially invited to a cultural tour and welcome reception on 24 May 2017, which will be held at Fort St Angelo, Vittoriosa. The Conference will commence on 25 May 2017 at 9.30am. Three plenary high level panels will be held on the first day, and in the afternoon, three technical parallel sessions will be held. Delegates will be required to indicate which session they will be attending. Availability of places will be on a first come first served basis. An interactive session on Future Tourism Trends will be held on the 26 May. The Conference will come to an end at 1.00pm.

Participants invited for this conference include EU Ministers responsible for Tourism and high-level policy makers, and local and international stakeholders from different spheres related to the tourism industry. Guest speakers include world-renowned experts in the sector. Participants will receive an invitation to register with a link that will grant immediate access to the registration portal. Once a participant has registered, he or she will receive a confirmation that will give access to the accreditation process. Accreditation is personal and non-transferable.

Contact Information:

 Contact Name 
Ms Graziella Farrugia
Ministry for Tourism
233, Republic Street
Valletta VLT  1116

 Telephone
+356 2291 5050