European Commission members meeting on Overtourism in Zagreb

Monday May 27, 2019 to Thursday May 30, 2019

Each year the European Commission meets with 1-2 representatives of 25 countries on the subject of tourism. Representatives are tourism departments, ministers in tourism, state secretaries, ministries, etc. The annual follow-up meeting usually takes the form of a series of presentations. This year UNWTO wants to change the format of this follow-up session into an interactive seminar, to create interaction between countries and ask them to talk themselves on an issue of interest.

Discussing strategies for overtourism management

The Zagreb organisers chose to focus on overtourism. There will be representatives from the member countries and from organisations such as Google as well. The morning session will start with a presentation by Sandra Carvao (Chief Market Intelligence  & Competitiveness at UNWTO), about what UNWTO, CELTH, NHL Stenden ETFI and BUAS have done so far to contribute to the debate, and she will introduce the reports Vol 1 and 2 with overviews and examples of strategies and tactics that cities perform worldwide. Next, Albert Postma (representing CELTH and NHL Stenden ETFI) will moderate a workshop in which participants will be challenged to discuss various strategies from the handbooks in an interactive way at five tables.