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HOTREC position paper: 'A transition pathway for the hospitality sector'

Monday, 20 September 2021
tourism position-paper

HOTREC position paper 'A transition pathway for the hospitality sector'



HOTREC welcomes the Commission Staff Working document on “”.

The time is right to engage in this kind of reflection and seek new ways of achieving a more resilient, innovative and sustainable tourism ecosystem. We firmly believe that hospitality has a crucial role to play in this area.

Our conclusions in this position paper:

  • A more resilient, sustainable and digital tourism and hospitality ecosystem is needed by 2030;
  • Short-term, medium-term and long-term measures are essential, as long as necessary, to help the sector overcome the Covid-19 crisis;
  • Support the resilience of the sector with the following measures: improve the EU’s capacity to manage shocks affecting travel; implement training mechanisms; follow health and safety protocols at national level; create a diversified touristic offer;
  • When it comes to sustainability, our priorities are to tackle the carbon footprint; promote the renovation wave; develop sustainable skills for employees and managers; avoid food waste; promote sustainable coastal tourism; extend the season;
  • Tourism digitalisation needs to count with: a fairer relationship between hospitality businesses and online intermediaries; a specific EU initiative on Short Term Rentals (STR) to level the playing field within the accommodation domain; improvement of digital skills; mobilisation of data via public-private partnerships;
  • To implement these objectives, EU and national funding must be easily deployed for SMEs and micro-enterprises to access it.

You can read and download the full position paper .