Transition Pathways For Tourism: 27 actions for a long-term transition

During the EU Industry Days from 8 to 11 February 2022, Transition Pathways for Tourism, a new industrial strategy, was presented as a result of the collaboration between the European Commission and stakeholders in the tourism ecosystem. The co-creation process primarily involved the tourism sector, as it was heavily penalised by the pandemic. Despite the recovery between March and November 2021, the new pandemic wave caused the level of confidence in the sector to fall (Figure 1).
Through Transition Pathways for Tourism, the aim is to incentivise a transition to more sustainable, digital and resilient systems, achievable by 2030.  

Figure 1: Business confidence indicator of the industrial ecosystem (Tourism sector in red) Fonte:   

The three pillars (eco-sustainability, digitisation and resilience) are supported by 27 interrelated actions. The measures focus mainly on the following topics: 

  • Investing in circularity to reduce pollution, energy use, waste generation, water wastage and, at the same time, to better meet the growing demand for sustainable tourism 
  • Improve data sharing practices to enable new innovative tourism services and improve sustainable destination management;  
  • Investing in skills to ensure the availability of a skilled workforce and attractive careers in the tourism ecosystem.  


At Twissen note the central role assigned to collaboration in this project. Indeed, the Commission is currently promoting an online survey, in which it invites the EU tourism community to work together for the implementation of the project. The Commission will work with stakeholders to guide, support and monitor the progress of the transition process.   

Author: Chiara Durigon
Graduating in Local Development and a convinced Europeanist, she studies and researches European projects at national, regional and local level for Twissen.

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