ConferenceLogoTourism is one of the fastest growing economic activities in the Adriatic-Ionian Macro-Region and one of the main contributors to the area’s GDP. Therefore, “Sustainable Tourism” has been included as one of the four pillars of the EU Strategy of the Adriatic and Ionian Region.

Within this framework, on 11-12 June 2015, the Region of Crete and the CPMR, with the support of the Municipality of Hersonissos (Heraklion-Crete), are co-organising the International Stakeholders Conference on “Sustainable tourism as a pillar of the EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region (EUSAIR)”.

The scope of this Conference includes bringing the EUSAIR tourism actors together in order to discuss the crucial issues for developing tourism in the area and tackling seasonality with responsible and sustainable actions.

The meeting will be opened by Stavros Arnaoutakis, Regional Governor of Crete, and Georgios Alexakis, Regional Councillor in charge of European and International Affairs and Vice-President of the CPMR. Ioannis Mastorakis, the Mayor of the hosting municipality, will also address a welcome speech.

Corina Creţu, European Commissioner for Regional Policy, and Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, are expected to deliver their addresses through video, as well as Ivan Jakovcic, Member of the European Parliament and rapporteur on the EUSAIR.

The Coordinators of pillars 4 and 1 respectively, Blanka Belosevic from the Ministry of Tourism of Croatia and Vassilios Tselios from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Greece, will also participate in the conference.

Ioannis Firbas, General Director of the National Coordinating Unit for NSRF, will represent the Greek Ministry for Economy, Infrastructures, Shipping and Tourism.

Andrea Mairate, Head of Unit, in charge of Macro-regions and European Territorial Cooperation and Joanna Mouliou Niessler, Programme Manager at DG REGIO together with Cinzia De Marzo, Policy Officer, at DG GROW will speak on behalf of the European Commission.