Conference on the Calypso Social Tourism Study: Recommendations/Conclusions
10-11 June, Palma de Mallorca. This conference will present main findings of the the Calypso study, its recommendations and conclusions, besides discussing the way forward concerning forthcoming initiatives relating to Calypso.
The main objectives of the the Calypso initiative are: Enhancing employment, extending the seasonality spread, strengthening European citizenship and improving regional/local economies through the development of social tourism.
In 2009 the European Commission funded a study to provide knowledge about social tourism schemes in EU member states and recommendations for the possible establishment of cross-border social tourism arrangements.
The study team will present a compendium of good practices, recommendations and conclusions. Stakeholders will debate the issues and present their views on the way forward.
As a result of earlier Calypso workshops, the Commission's Tourism Unit has stated that it intends to give added value by assisting Member States to study ways and means on how to strengthen their internal structures (including possible involvement of NGO`s and other stakeholders) and collaborate with other Member States on facilitating exchanges in the low season.
The Commission also intends to launch a call for proposals later in 2010, following specific requests from participating stakeholders, as an intermediary step leading on to the demand-supply platform which has been elaborated already upon in the Calypso Brussels Meeting in March.
An exercise concerning the elaboration of criteria (sustainability and accessibility, amongst others) will also feed into the above initiatives accordingly.
Conference Programme and Registration
Download the latest version of the Conference Draft Programme (of 7th June) in PDF format from the right-hand panel.
Interpretation will be provided in Five Languages: Spanish – English – French – German – Italian.
Participation is free but all participants need to fill in the registration.
Registration will be available as from Tuesday 25th May by following this link:
The Conference is organised by the European Commission and the Spanish Presidency of the European Union.