On 22-23 September, the 8th Baltic Sea Tourism Forum hosted over 180 international participants in Gdańsk and Malbork, Poland.
Among the keynote speakers were the Secretary General of the UN World Tourism Organization Mr. Taleb Rifai, Polish Minister of Sport and Tourism Mr. Adam Korol and Director General of the Secretariat of the Council of the Baltic Sea States Mr. Jan Lundin.
Participants got an outstanding opportunity to discuss four major topics related to the tourism industry in the region:
- maritime policy as a fundament for tourism development in coastal areas,
- demands on improved and sustainable transnational cooperation in Baltic Sea Region tourism,
- impact of meetings and events for developing the Baltic Sea Region as a common tourism destination,
- challenges related to future trends and their effect on tourism.
The idea of establishing a Baltic Sea Tourism Center (BSTC) was presented by the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Tourist Board (EUSBSR Policy Area Tourism Coordinator). BSTC should serve as a permanent service unit for improved communication and cooperation at transnational level by associating the key tourism stakeholders and promoting sustainable, responsible and innovative tourism in the Baltic Sea region. BSTC should also act as an intermediate between the tourism industry and the political and strategic bodies.
The 8th Baltic Sea Tourism Forum adopted the Declaration which can be downloaded here.
Read more about the programme of the Forum here
The 8th Baltic Sea Tourism Forum was organised by the Polish Ministry of Sport and Tourism and the Pomorskie Voivodeship, in close cooperation with the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Tourist Board and the Ministry of Economics, Construction and Tourism of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and was part of the Polish CBSS Presidency programme.
The 9th Baltic Sea Tourism Forum will take place in Pärnu, Estonia in 2016.