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Learning from the past, looking at the present, moving into the future

Cosimo Notarstefano


The EU Commission has identified sustainability as a fundamental aspect for the quality and competitiveness of European Tourism. All tourism stakeholders are invited to participate actively in building a stronger bridge between the creation of knowledge, its dissemination and implementation of sustainable and competitive practices (e.g. Universities, NGOs, research institutions, observatories) through existing and upcoming challenges for the sustainability and competitiveness of European tourism and facilitating their cooperation. On 30 June 2010, the Commission published its Communication on «Europe, the world’s No 1 tourist destination – A new political framework for tourism in Europe» and proposed several initiatives, drawing in full on the Union’s competence in the field of tourism as introduced by the Lisbon Treaty. In this context the recent creation of the EMUNI University (which is one of the six priorities areas of the Union for the Mediterranean) represents a strategic framework in order to set up an Euro-Mediterranean Area of Higher education and Research and clearly define the guidelines for future cooperation among Euro-Mediterranean partners. The EMCT (Euromediterranean Master in Cultures and Tourism) constitutes a valid example of this process supported by academic networks, institutions and NGOs working on increasing the knowledge of the sector by uniting their efforts and acting together, in a more visible and synergic way.

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Rivista di Scienze del Turismo. Ambiente Cultura Diritto Economia
Registered by Tribunale di Milano (15/09/2008 n. 530)
Online ISSN 2037-7908 - Print ISSN 2037-7916

Executive Editor: Nicola Boccella - Associate Editor: Azzurra Rinaldi
Editorial Staff: Andrea Billi - Patrizia Laurano - Antonio Magliulo - Angelo Quarto
Editorial Board: Alberto Abruzzese (Iulm Milano), Victor Aquino (Universidade de São Paulo), Sergio Arzeni (Ocse), Piero Barucci (Università degli Studi di Firenze), Nicola Boccella (Sapienza Università di Roma), Michael Crang (Durham University), Anya Diekmann (Université Libre de Bruxelles), Renato Guarini (Sapienza Università di Roma), Roberto Grossi (Federculture), Han Yong Liang (Zhejiang University), Jorge Lozano (Universidad Complutense de Madrid), Michel Maffesoli (Université Paris-Sorbonne), Vanda Perretta (Sapienza Università di Roma), Marina Righetti (Sapienza Università di Roma), Azzurra Rinaldi (Unitelma - Sapienza Università di Roma), Irene Salerno (Sapienza Università di Roma), Pasquale Sandulli (Sapienza Università di Roma), Manuel Valenzuela (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)