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European tourism policy: Its evolution and structure

Estol, J and Font, X (2016) European tourism policy: Its evolution and structure Tourism Management, 52. pp. 230-241.

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This article reviews the procedural complexity of tourism policy-making by the European Commission leading up to the 2010 Communication. Initially, the European Commission had to present interventions affecting tourism as a community action or measure; intended to assist in the implementation of the Internal Market. Later, integration of the sustainable development principle into European Treaties established a framework for governance and a foundation for tourism policy, and the Lisbon Treaty in 2007 established a European policy that explicitly related to tourism, albeit a complementary competence in character. This article highlights a lack of leadership from the Member States throughout the process and contrasts this with the self-serving, driving force of the Commission in making tourism policy that focuses primarily on promotional actions. Consequently, the Commission has not created a robust, dynamic, flexible European model for tourism, designed in a way to best serve the needs of the Member States.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Surrey research (other units)
Authors :
Estol, J
Date : 1 February 2016
DOI : 10.1016/j.tourman.2015.06.007
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 16 May 2017 15:36
Last Modified : 24 Jan 2020 15:04

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