As the tourism industry employs 8 million people across Europe, mostly in small and medium-sized businesses, constituting 5% of the EU’s GDP, the sector will be an integral part of future jobs and growth strategies across Europe.
"Cohesion policy is a vital scheme for supporting more regional areas of Europe and we must ensure the 2014-2020 programme funds are used effectively" Sean Kelly MEP.
Considering this, the future of EU Tourism and Cohesion Policies and the economic situation following the Fiscal Compact will be the main focus of discussions at the EPP Group Bureau meeting in Killarney next week, 17-18 May.
"With its regional location and tourism-driven economy, County Kerry provides an excellent location from which we can formulate Group positions on these issues", suggests Mr Kelly.
Guest speakers will include European Commissioners, Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Irish Government Ministers and representatives from the Irish business and hospitality sectors.