The Lithuanian Presidency is focusing on achievable, practical, and visible priorities, one of which is dedicated to sustainable development as well as green and maritime tourism as an important sector in reviving regional economy, increasing the Region‘s visibility and offering employment opportunities to young people.
The Presidency intends to work on a new forward-looking Vilnius Declaration ‘A Vision of the Baltic Sea Region until 2030’, which will include the vision of future tourism in the Baltic Sea Region. The tourism vision will be prepared during the 13th Baltic Sea Tourism Forum (BSTF) organised by the Ministry of the Economy and Innovation of the Republic of Lithuania, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Tourist Board, Policy Area Tourism of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region and the Palanga resort municipality.
The BSTF will be held on 10–13 November 2020 in the Palanga resort — for the first time it will be four day online event.
November 10 – Warming up for the BSTF “Sustainable entrepreneurship during challenging times”
November 11 – EUSBSR PA Tourism Steering Committee Meeting (by invitations only) and the 1st Sustainable Tourism Award of the Baltic Sea Region
November 12 – 13th Baltic Sea Tourism Forum – „Reviving tourism in times of global change“
November 13 – the BSR Tourism ministers’ meeting on the topic ‘Times for new beginnings: where do we go from here?’ BSR 2030
Detailed programme and more information is available here.
Sustainable Tourism Award
To support the recovery and shape the development of sustainable tourism, the first Baltic Sea Sustainable Tourism Awards will take place during the forum. There will be three categories:
- the most sustainable destination;
- the most sustainable product and exceptional services;
- the most sustainable private tourism services provider (business).
More about the Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the Baltic Sea States here.