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WTTC: European Commission needs to do more for Tourism Industry

Private sector body, the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC<.> or the Council), calls for the European Union (EU<.>) to take immediate action in support of the travel and tourism industry by establishing a crisis…

Private sector body, the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC<.> or the Council), calls for the European Union (EU<.>) to take immediate action in support of the travel and tourism industry by establishing a crisis committee.



In a response to a European Commission (EC) document the Council states that the EU has failed to recognise the scale of the impact of the 11th September, resulting in insufficient action from the EC to support the efforts of the travel and tourism industry during the worst crisis ever to affect it.



"The EU has been influenced by long-term growth forecasts issued recently by inter-governmental organisations such as the International Monetary Fund and the World Tourism Organization, WTO<.> which fail to appreciate just how badly the travel and tourism industry has been affected by recent events," says Jean-Claude Baumgarten, President of WTTC. "Although evidence has been submitted to the EU<.> demonstrating that important sectors of the industry have seen demand fall by as much as a third or more, the EU report's overall conclusion is that the impact will be neither significant nor prolonged, and that long-term strategic policies will be sufficient for the industry's recovery," says Mr Baumgarten.



The WTTC's response illustrates the scale of job losses and company failures that have already occurred and warns that there are many more to come. The scale of further job losses will be significantly greater if the EU does not act now.



According to the Council, the EU has an important role to play in ensuring the co-operation of all Member States, unifying efforts at this time and leading public sector policies and actions to help strengthen security and restore public confidence. European governments should ensure that measures taken to strengthen security are effective, harmonised internationally and applied globally across Europe and the world – and that new safety and security measures should be communicated to the public.



The document concludes: "The World Travel & Tourism Council, the Global Coalition and the wider global travel and tourism industry are ready to co-operate with the Commission, the European Parliament and individual EU governments to reach this aim."



The Global Coalition of Travel and Tourism Associations includes 17

organisations that have come together since 11 September to urge

governments around the world to recognise the scale of the crisis facing

the industry.

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