Skip to main content
Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs

Conferences and other events

Tourism is a major economic activity in the European Union with wide-ranging impact on economic growth, employment, and social development. It can be a powerful tool in fighting economic decline and unemployment. Nevertheless the tourism sector faces a series of challenges. The European Commission works to address these with policies and actions.

Upcoming events

See the list of upcoming events.

Annual events

European Tourism Day

The European Tourism Day is an annual event where stakeholders can discuss specific themes. The themes are selected on the basis of current policy priorities.

See European Tourism Day 2020
See European Tourism Day 2018
See all European Tourism Days

European Tourism Forum

The European Tourism Forum is an annual event, co-organised with the country that holds the Presidency of the Council of the European Union during the second half of the calendar year. The Forum’s objectives are political and they are often linked to an informal meeting of Ministers responsible for Tourism from EU countries.

The European Tourism Forum

Past events

European Tourism Convention - 12 October 2020

The European Tourism Convention, launched dialogue on sustainable recovery and the strategic orientations for the tourism of tomorrow, delivering several documents, reports and coutcomes.

High-Level Conference: 'Attracting investment in tourism' - 5 April 2016

This conference covered the topics of financing, upgrading skills and improving business environment to strengthen the competitiveness of the EU tourism industry. Read more.

Crossroads of Europe

Crossroads of Europe was a series of annual events to promote European cultural routes and raise awareness about their potential for tourism among stakeholders, businesses, destination managers, national and local authorities.

Live events on digital tourism

The live events were a series of webinars designed to provide guidance on digital issues to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the tourism industry. Led by industry experts, the webinars examined recent trends in tourists' use of technology to discover, plan and share their travel experiences.

Other past events