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With the Treaty of Lisbon adopted in 2009, tourism is one of the policy areas for which "The Union shall have competence to carry out actions to support, coordinate or supplement the actions of the Member States”.

The European Commission adopted on 30 June 2010 a Communication entitled "Europe, the world´s No 1 tourist destination - a new political framework for tourism in Europe", identifying 21 actions and four pillars that will constitute the backbone of this new framework:
  • Improving the competitiveness of the tourism sector in Europe;
  • Promoting the continuos sustainable development of EU tourism;
  • Enhancing Europe´s image as home to sustainable and high quality destinations; and
  • Maximising the potential of EU policies and financial instruments for the development of European tourism.


TOURISMlink is a European demonstration action aiming at improving the competitiveness of the tourism sector by connecting smaller local tourism enterprises to the global digital market in an efficient and low cost manner. It will facilitate the flow of information among service suppliers, customers and traditional tourism enterprises, in a B2B environment through the use of modern ICT.

The objective is to create a common framework for interoperability among different ICT solutions and systems, building on existing ICT systems and standardisation achievements and joining them in a seamless architecture at European level.

Check out the TOURISMlink website for more information! 

Position Papers: 

  • Net position on ETIAS   13 June 2017

  • HOTREC Position Paper on Coastal Maritime Strategy   20 February 2015

  • HOTREC position vis-à-vis the emerging shadow hospitality economy in Europe   28 October 2014

  • Visa Package - HOTREC's concerns and position   29 July 2014


Working documents :

  • TCI research study - mapping of performance and future expectations  5 May 2017

  • Statement on visa reciprocity by European Tourism stakeholders  22 March 2017

  • Letter from tourism stakeholders US & Canada Visa Waiver   29 June 2016

  • Touring Visa - HOTREC considerations  25 March 2015

  • NET proposal for amendments - Visa Code recast   19 February 2015