Doc. 8720
14 April 2000

Need for stronger political support in favour of tapping Europe's tourism potential

Motion for a resolution

presented by Mrs Stepova and others

This motion has not been discussed in the Assembly and commits only

the members who have signed it

1.       Two years after the adoption of the Assembly's Resolution 1148 (1998) on the need to accelerate the development of tourism in central and eastern Europe, unfortunately little has been done to grant tourism development policies greater prominence at European or national political level. By not creating the proper interplay between political guidance and support on the one hand and private market initiative on the other, many countries and regions are as a result losing precious time in developing their tourism potential along environmentally sound, employment-conducive and socially beneficial directions, capable of serving the larger purposes of peace and international understanding.

2.       With this in mind, the Assembly calls on Council of Europe member states to implement the many recommendations set out in Resolution 1148 and to actively support the implementation of the 1999 Global Code of Ethics of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation, aiming to promote "an equitable, responsible and sustainable world tourism order whose benefits will be shared by all". This also holds for the so-called Tourism Satellite Account, by which the real and rapidly growing importance of the tourism sector in the world economy can be better appreciated, and international comparisons and co-operation furthered.

Signed (see overleaf)

Signed : 1

Stepova, Czech Republic, SOC

Alis Font, Andorra, NR

d’Aron, Austria, NR

Bartumeu Cassany, Andorra, SOC

Billing, Sweden, EDG

Bonet Casas, Andorra, LDR

Braun, Hungary, LDR

Calner, Sweden, SOC

Cesário, Portugal, EPP/CD

Ciupaila, Lithuania, LDR

Dagys, Lithuania, SOC

Durrieu, France, SOC

Elo, Finland, SOC

Gaber, Ukraine, SOC

Gylys, Lithuania, SOC

Iwinski, Poland, SOC

Kirilov, Bulgaria, SOC

Kittis, Cyprus, LDR

Kosakivsky, Ukraine, NR

Lotz, Hungary, LDR

Lupu, Romania, EPP/CD

Mateju, Czech Republic, EPP/CD

Ošváth, Slovakia, LDR

Palmitjavila Ribo, Andorra, LDR

Skopal, Czech Republic, SOC

Solonari, Moldova, SOC

Švec, Slovakia, LDR

Townend, United Kingdom, EDG

Zingeris, Lithuania, EDG

1        SOC: Socialist Group

      EPP/CD: Group of the European People’s Party

      EDG: European Democratic Group

      LDR : Liberal, Democratic and Reformers’ Group

      UEL: Group of the Unified European Left

      NR: not registered in a group