Parliamentary questions
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24 April 2015
Question for oral answer O-000044/2015
to the Commission
Rule 128
Ivan Jakovčić, Marielle de Sarnez, Jozo Radoš, Hilde Vautmans, Urmas Paet, Iskra Mihaylova, Ilhan Kyuchyuk, Martina Dlabajová, Ulrike Müller, Nathalie Griesbeck, Nedzhmi Ali, Kaja Kallas, Izaskun Bilbao Barandica, Dominique Riquet, Petras Auštrevičius, José Inácio Faria, Filiz Hyusmenova, Ivo Vajgl, on behalf of the ALDE Group
Antonio Tajani, Franc Bogovič, Alberto Cirio, Salvatore Domenico Pogliese, Ivan Štefanec, Alain Cadec, Rosa Estaràs Ferragut, Michel Dantin, Milan Zver, Patricija Šulin, Deirdre Clune, Emil Radev, Cláudia Monteiro de Aguiar, Herbert Dorfmann, Esteban González Pons, Krišjānis Kariņš, on behalf of the PPE Group
Claudia Tapardel, Isabella De Monte, Nicola Caputo, Nicola Danti, Alessia Maria Mosca, Enrico Gasbarra, Tonino Picula, Tibor Szanyi, Flavio Zanonato, Carlos Zorrinho, Georgi Pirinski, Eric Andrieu, Demetris Papadakis, Eva Kaili, Momchil Nekov, Tanja Fajon, Biljana Borzan, Vilija Blinkevičiūtė, Viorica Dăncilă, Doru-Claudian Frunzulică, on behalf of the S&D Group
Ruža Tomašić, on behalf of the ECR Group
Rosa D'Amato, Laura Ferrara, Daniela Aiuto, Dario Tamburrano, Isabella Adinolfi, on behalf of the EFDD Group
Igor Šoltes, on behalf of the Verts/ALE Group

 Subject: European Tourist Board

Tourism generates more than 10 % of the EU’s GDP and provides jobs for almost 10 million citizens employed by some 1.8 million companies. Tourism offers a variety of direct and indirect employment opportunities in almost all sectors of the national economy.

However, experts fear that Europe’s market share will fall over time, with other favoured tourist destinations overtaking its position a few years from now.

The European tourism industry is facing increasing competition from Southeast Asia and the Middle East, which are attracting a growing number of tourists. Competition could threaten Europe’s market share, which currently stands at around 52 %. If this trend continues, Europe’s market share is expected to fall to 41 % by 2030, according to the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO).

In the light of the incredibly high unemployment rate in the Mediterranean countries, especially among young people, and in view of the need to strengthen the competitiveness of European tourism, will the Commission answer the following question:

1. Does it intend to establish a European Tourist Board?

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