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Hybrid Workshop on unbalanced tourism growth in Malta

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The European Innovation Council and SMEs Executive Agency (EISMEA) and European Commission, Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW), commissioned a study investigating unbalanced tourism growth at EU destinations. This study, titled “Unbalanced tourism growth at destination level – root causes, impacts, existing solutions and good practices”, spans from December 2020 until June 2022.

The objective of the study is to build solid evidence on the phenomenon of overtourism, its multiple root causes and effects at destination level, as well as on gathering concrete preventative and mitigative actions. The study further proposes a set of overtourism indicators, that can serve tourism destinations in establishing their risk analysis frameworks, allowing them to detect the potential risk of overtourism and address the associated challenges in a timely manner. Finally, the study aims to contribute to the dialogue among EU tourism stakeholders, on the topic of sustainable tourism, by organising a series of workshops in order to discuss common challenges and problems, exchange best practice solutions, and assess and validate the developed indicators.

The first hybrid workshop on overtourism in island destinations will take place in Malta on 09.12.2021.

The workshop aims to connect tourism stakeholders to foster peer-to-peer learning on problems and solutions to unbalanced tourism growth. Participants are invited to present solution approaches to unsustainable tourism growth and its environmental and socio-economic impacts on the regions. Moreover, challenges and bottlenecks hindering the mitigation of unbalanced tourism growth are examined. Importantly, the workshop focusses on identifying concrete steps for destinations to move towards more sustainable practices and mitigate the impacts of unbalanced tourism growth.

Are you a representative of a destination management organisation, of a local/regional authority or a practitioner interested in the issue? Join us!

Please indicate your interest contacting us at oir [at] oir [dot] at for further information on the workshops.

Date: 9 December 2021 from 9 am to 5:15 pm
Location: Urban Valley Resort in Kappara, Malta