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CSTT co-authors three reports to European Parliament

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Paul Peeters and Eke Eijgelaar have, together with five other NHTV colleagues and foreign partners, contributed to three state-of-the-art reports on Responsible tourism, Tourism and the Sharing Economy, and Digitisation of Tourism Enterprises.
The reports are to provide European Parliament (EP) members, and more specifically those of the Transport (TRAN) Committee with the latest information on the respective topics in order to assist policy-making. That this can be effective for actual decision-making was already demonstrated by the two reports the Centre for Sustainable Tourism (CSTT) wrote on cycle tourism for the EP some years ago. Just as those, these new reports are the result of a long-term research contract with the EP the CSTT joined, under the leadership of the University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN). Below follow the abstracts of and links to all reports (see also CSTT’s project page).

From responsible best practices to sustainable tourism development
Authors: Peeters, P., Eijgelaar, E. (NHTV/AfT), Dubois, G., Strasdas, W., Lootvoet, M., Zeppenfeld, R. (all TEC Conseil), & Weston, R. (UCLAN)
> This report explores sustainable development in EU tourism and concludes that there is a lack of up-to-date data for both the environmental and social effects of tourism. Furthermore, most sustainable tourism initiatives depend on public funding highlighting the failure of industry to internalise sustainable development costs. Tourism, environmental and transport policies in the EU need to integrate better to create sustainable development. The report concludes with general recommendations for sustainable development, improving impact evaluations tourism at the EU scale.
Tourism and the sharing economy: Challenges and opportunities for the EU
Authors: Peeters, P., Dijkmans, C., Mitas, O., Strous, B., Vinkensteijn, J. (NHTV/AfT), & Weston, R. (UCLAN)
> The impacts, challenges and opportunities caused by the fast-growing sharing economy in tourism are assessed. The report describes the definition, size, and development of the sharing (or collaborative) economy, assessing the (dis-) advantages for the tourism sector, concluding with policy analysis and recommendations. Large parts of the sharing economy are affecting the tourism sector, although its share is very small. The main challenges are taxation and regulation; main opportunities are the innovative power and enhanced competition.
The digitisation of tourism enterprises
Authors: Mitas, O., van der Ent, M., Peeters, P. (NHTV/AfT), & Weston, R. (UCLAN)
> This analysis synthesizes the effects of information technology developments on tourism SMEs in the European Union. The effects were found to be profoundly disruptive to traditional business models of tourism information and distribution. Policy developments supporting research, education and facilitating change in tourism SMEs are called for.