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Tourism reps unfold manifesto to boost jobs and growth


European tourism stakeholders lay out their joint vision for the future of tourism in Europe: fair competition, good governance, qualifications and skills at the heart of sustainable employment 

Brussels, 16 December 2015 – A wide range of stakeholders in the European tourist industry have presented the Tourism for Jobs and Growth Manifesto. With Europe maintaining its status as the world's first tourist destination, contributing 9.7% to the EU28 GDP, this document aims to set out the general vision of the tourism stakeholders, including trade unions EFFAT, ETF, UNI Europa and their cooperation platform ETLC.

The sector employs almost 25 million people across the EU and visitor exports generate €251 billion per year.

Given tourism's position as one of the leading job providers, trade unions are calling in particular for:

  • creating a level playing field and fair competition for all service providers in the tourism sector;
  • devising a good governance scheme to develop a new tourism strategy for the EU by involving all the stakeholders with clear aims, objectives, indicators and actions;
  • extending the tourist season and diversifying the industry to cover more individuals;
  • recognising relevant qualifications and skills as well as the establishment of Europe-wide programmes for youth employment and lifelong learning schemes for tourism workers;
  • promoting sustainable employment with fair working conditions for all workers that include social protection, decent pay, equal opportunities and equality of treatment;
  • setting up a sustainable and efficient transport infrastructure

EFFAT Secretary for the Tourism Sector Kerstin Howald  said that these steps "mark a great achievement as it is the first time that all the stakeholders operating in the European tourist industry have come together to set out their joint vision for the future of this sector. As a trade union representative, I draw great satisfaction from the fact that many employers now endorse our key demands to protect workers in the sector and to ensure fair competition. As a fundamental driver of economic and social development and a highly labour-intensive industry, the sector needs a concerted approach to facilitate effective tourism policies to ensure that the sector continues to thrive. Today's launch of the manifesto is an initial positive step in that direction.”

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Kerstin Howald

EFFAT Tourism Sector Secretary

EFFAT is the European Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions. As a European Trade Union Federation representing 120 national trade unions from 35 European countries, EFFAT defends the interests of more than 22 million workers towards the European Institutions, European employers’ associations and transnational companies. EFFAT is a member of the ETUC and the European regional organisation of the IUF.