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European Commission

European Commission

The European Travel Commission (ETC) collaborates with the Tourism Unit (Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs) of the European Commission to promote Europe as a tourism destination and strengthen its competitive image in long-haul markets. ETC and the European Commission have established a long-term strategic partnership to maintain Europe’s position as the world’s leading tourist destination and to support the sustainable competitive development of the sector.

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UN Tourism

UN Tourism

ETC is an affiliate member of UN Tourism and the two organisations signed a Memorandum of Understanding in 2012, by which both parts agree to cooperate and implement joint activities in issues related to tourism and beyond with the aim to enhance the role of the tourism sector in general. Moreover, part of the Research program of ETC has been implemented in cooperation with UN Tourism for the last ten years.

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European Tourism Association (ETOA)

European Tourism Association (ETOA)

ETC and the European Tourism Association signed a Memorandum of Understanding in 2009, and agreed on the common interest in promoting the value and quality of tourism to Europe, the carrying out of studies and surveys, and improving the efficiency of marketing activities.

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Airports Council International (ACI) Europe

Airports Council International (ACI) Europe

ACI Europe is the European region of Airports Council International and represents over 460 airports in 45 European countries, handling over 90% of commercial air traffic in Europe. ETC and ACI Europe signed a Memorandum of Understanding in June 2015 by the force of which the two organisations will pursue policy alignment in order to face challenges related to enhancing the connectivity of European airports and thus facilitating an increase of tourism arrivals in Europe. Matters subject to cooperation include passenger facilitation, airport connectivity, airport capacity, intermodality and access to airports and promoting European destinations.

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The International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA)

The International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA)

IGLTA is the leading member-based global organization dedicated to LGBT tourism and a proud Affiliate Member of the United Nations World Tourism Organization. IGLTA’s mission is to expand LGBT tourism globally for the benefit of travelers and its members. The association also is a proud supporter of ECPAT’s Tourism Child Protection Code of Conduct to prevent child exploitation. IGLTA membership includes LGBT and LGBT-friendly accommodations, destinations, service providers, travel agents, tour operators, events and travel media in 80 countries.

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International Institute of Gastronomy, Culture, Arts and Tourism (IGCAT)

International Institute of Gastronomy, Culture, Arts and Tourism (IGCAT)

IGCAT is a non-profit organization established in 2012 working in interdisciplinary fields of gastronomy, culture, arts, tourism and related fields. Through its worldwide network of experts, IGCAT aims to empower local communities by guiding, facilitating and supporting leaders in cities, regions and cultural projects to understand the potential of their distinct food, culture, arts and sustainable tourism assets. IGCAT is furthermore the official secretariat for the European Region of Gastronomy Platform, the European Young Chef Award and Innovative Food Souvenir Award.

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Europa Nostra

Europa Nostra

Europa Nostra is the European federation of heritage NGOs which is also supported by a wide network of public stakeholders, private companies and individuals. Established in 1963 and covering 40 countries in Europe, the organisation is the voice of civil society committed to safeguarding and promoting Europe’s cultural and natural heritage. Europa Nostra contributes to the formulation and implementation of European strategies and policies related to heritage. Europa Nostra celebrates excellence through the European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards. Europa Nostra campaigns to save Europe’s endangered monuments, sites and landscapes. ETC is also a member of the European Heritage Alliance 3.3, a network currently coordinated by Europa Nostra.

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European Cultural Tourism Network (ECTN)

European Cultural Tourism Network (ECTN)

ECTN is the only pan-European network for Cultural Tourism Development and promotion, comprising destinations, authorities, NGOs and research institutes. Established in 2009 in Brussels, its mission is to bring together professionals working in the tourism and cultural sectors across various European regions to exchange expertise and insights on best practices and to develop new approaches and innovations. Together with ETC and other partners, ECTN organises an annual contest, the ‘Destination of Sustainable Cultural Tourism' Awards, aiming to amplify the visibility of European cultural tourism destinations, establish a platform for sharing experiences and knowledge and foster networking among destinations.

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The International Committee of Tourism film Festivals (CIFFT)

The International Committee of Tourism film Festivals (CIFFT)

CIFFT recognises, rewards and celebrates excellence in the Travel Video Marketing Industry. Established in 1989 in Vienna, its mission is to promote the creativity and economic development of the audiovisual industry linked to the promotion of destinations, tourism products and tourist services. CIFFT is the most prestigious awards and recognition initiative in Travel Video Marketing Industry. With 18 festival members, the Grand Prix CIFFT Circuit is the exclusive competition for the Travel and Tourism video marketing, spanning 16 countries and 18 cities.

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Network of European Regions for Competitive and Sustainable Tourism (NECSTouR)

Network of European Regions for Competitive and Sustainable Tourism (NECSTouR)

NECSTouR is a non-profit organisation established in 2007 to represent the voice of European Regions committed to sustainability – economic, social and environmental - as a crucial driver of destination competitiveness. It represents around 50 European Destinations (European regional tourism authorities and other subnational authorities from 20 European countries). NECSTouR proactively, and in partnership, works to address challenges by identifying, capturing and sharing best practice solutions to help destinations achieve a smarter, more sustainable approach to tourism development.

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