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How does the EU Sustainable Transport Policy impact travel and tourism?

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(Last updated on: 05/04/2020)

The EU Sustainable Transport Policy plays an important role in the travel and tourism industry. In this post I will briefly introduce you to this policy, outlining how it is closely integrated with the wider travel and tourism sector.

How does the EU sustainable transport policy affect travel and tourism?

In Europe, travel and tourism is a huge part of the economy, although of course this is to some extent more in some destinations than it is in others. Whilst it can be easy to be short-sighted and to value the Dollar (or should I say Euro!) signs above and beyond everything else, this would not lead to a sustainable tourism industry.

Indeed, much of the success relies on the policies and sustainability of the transportation sector of the economy. This helps to enable adequate regulation and management to ensure that the tourism industry is aligned with the greater sustainability principles of the European Union. It is also to ensure the longevity of the industry itself.

The EU Sustainable Tourism Policy has a few different key elements to it that will help make sure that improvements and contributions to the quality of life and growth of Europe will continue in the future. Let’s take a look at how this transport policy affects travel and tourism in Europe.

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How does the EU sustainable transport policy affect travel and tourism?

Ensure a high level of mobility to people and businesses throughout the Union.

In order to maintain the strength and success of travel and tourism in Europe, there needs to be a high level of mobility available between people and businesses. With this policy, there will be the assurance of this level of mobility.

As we know, freedom of movement is a one of the four fundamental principles of the European Union. So inevitably this will be a core part of the sustainable transport policy. The intention is that movement is easy and flexible for individuals and businesses throughout the EU.

Protect the environment, ensure energy security, promote minimum labour standards and protect the passenger and the citizen.

With the sustainability policy, the environment as well as labour standards and the security of energy will be protected.

Because not all individual organisations or businesses would put aspects such as these as priorities, the policy sets this out for them. It ensures that pollution levels are controlled as well as social aspects intended to protect citizens.

Promote employment, quality improvement and better qualifications for European transport workers.

The promotion of employment improvements and qualifications for European workers is very important for the success of the transport sector. These is something that is addressed in the policy.

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Protect European citizens as users and providers of transport services, both as consumers and in terms of their safety and security.

In order to sustain the transport in Europe, it is imperative that the citizens of Europe are protected as both a consumer and as a merchant. This policy helps to ensure that this is the case!

Develop and bring to market tomorrow’s innovative solutions that are energy efficient or use alternative energy sources or support mature, large intelligent transport projects, such as Galileo.

As the world progresses and becomes more innovative, it is imperative that the travel and tourism industry continues to develop and bring the solutions and ideas of the future. The European Union encourages innovative and creative technologies to help enhance efficiency and sustainability.

Connect internationally, projecting the Union’s policies to reinforce
sustainable mobility, protection and innovation.

One way for this sector of Europe to sustain itself and continue to grow is for them to connect internationally, to different countries and with different economies.

For more on transport and tourism, I recommend you take a look at the textbook Transport and Tourism: Global Perspectives available on Amazon.

If you wish to cite any of the content in the post please use reference ‘Stainton, Hayley. (2018) Lifeasabutterfly.’


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