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European Hospitality Day 2023: unveiling HOTREC's Manifesto

Wednesday, 24 January 2024
HOTREC Newsletter

On November 29, 2023, HOTREC members, along with MEPs, EU officials, and stakeholders in the European tourism and hospitality sector, gathered in Brussels for the second edition of the European Hospitality Day.

This event provided the ideal platform to unveil HOTREC's Manifesto for the Future of European Hospitality, outlining key policy areas to prioritize during the upcoming legislative term (2024-2029) – focusing on sustainability, social affairs, environmental, digital, and consumer issues. These priorities aim to facilitate the sector's effective recovery from four challenging years of consecutive crises, ensuring its continued status as a pillar in the European economy, society, and culture.

In his welcoming address, HOTREC President Alexandros Vassilikos emphasized that "the Manifesto that we publish today seeks to inform EU leaders about how they can best support European hospitality businesses and guide them into the future — a future that is demanding and unpredictable, as the past months have shown."

HOTREC Director General Marie Audren remarked, "HOTREC will continue to engage with all stakeholders in Brussels and is eager to implement all the proposals listed in our Manifesto at the national level."

Thanks to all participants for joining us to discuss the future of hospitality and to distinguished guest speakers MEP Josianne Cutajar, Markus Luthe, MEP Cláudia Monteiro de Aguiar, Austrian State Secretary for Tourism Susanne Kraus-Winkler, and Andreea Staicu for sharing valuable insights on European tourism, digitalization, sustainability, education, and training, aligning with the goals outlined in our Manifesto.