Conference of Tourism Ministers

The Conference of Tourism Ministers will be held in Dijon on 17-18 March 2022. It will be chaired by Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, Minister Delegate for Tourism, alongside Thierry Breton, European Commissioner for the Internal Market. Together, we share common initiatives, with the aim of achieving recovery in the sector, increasing tourism of Europeans in Europe and transitioning to a more sustainable model.

What is the goal of the Conference of Tourism Ministers?

Tourism is a driver of the European economy, showcasing our values and cultural and natural heritage. Both leisure and business tourism have been among the sectors hardest hit by the COVID crisis, and could suffer further repercussions due to the war in Ukraine. After two years dominated by the pandemic, with the end of the COVID-19 crisis now on the horizon, Europe must rebuild a resilient, sustainable tourism industry, in line with the expectations of European tourists.

The French Presidency of the Council of the European Union proposes promoting European initiatives contributing to shift the tourism sector towards a greener, more inclusive and more digital model. This conference will be an opportunity to discuss with European partners the best practices implemented by Member States while demonstrating the importance of action at EU level in order to support and transform the sector, by encouraging intra-European tourism and promoting destination Europe within Europe and beyond. The discussions will help create shared areas of work in order to draw up a 2030 Agenda for tourism in Europe.

How will the Conference programme proceed?

18 March will begin with a greeting for delegations at the Palais des ducs et des Etats de Bourgogne, the centre of Dijon’s political and cultural life.

The first round table will focus on the tourism of Europeans in Europe. Firstly, the European Commission, the World Tourism Organization and the World Travel & Tourism Council will set out their vision for the recovery of international tourism and the opportunities provided by increased tourism of Europeans in Europe. At the end, the tourism ministers and Mr Thierry Breton, European Commissioner for the Internal Market, will discuss the work carried out by the European Commission as part of the transition and transformation of the sector and will identify the best practices from each Member State to promote intra-European tourism and sustainable tourism.

The second round table will enable discussions on the tools to be mobilized to make Europe the global destination for sustainable tourism. The Presidency will mainly address this issue from the perspective of transforming the industry and promoting sustainable transport.

For more information:

French Presidency of the Council of the European Union

Last updated on: 15 March 2022