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European Commission

ETC collaborates with the Tourism Unit (Enterprise Directorate) and other Directorates in the context of the Destination 2020 initiative. Destination 2020 aims to promote Europe as a tourist destination and strengthen its competitive image in long-haul markets. The initative is designed to involve the entire tourism industry in defining a long-term strategy for Destination Europe.

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World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)

ETC is an affiliate member of UNWTO 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 UNWTO for the last ten years.

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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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World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC)

The WTTC works to raise awareness of Travel & Tourism as one of the world's largest industries, and therefore represents a natural partner for ETC in its mission to raise awareness and understanding among national European authorities and the general public of the importance of tourism and the need to ensure its development.

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Foundation for European Sustainable Tourism (FEST)

ETC and FEST came together to collaborate towards sustainability in tourism and signed a Memorandum of Understanding in October 2014. The cooperation established guidelines concerning the promotion, dissemination and the application of the PM4SD in order to support destinations increasing their sustainable growth, disseminate a standard qualification in tourism management and increase mobility opportunities for tourism project managers.

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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)

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)

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 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.

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