Spain was the top foreign destination of EU residents in 2011, followed by Italy and France

Eurostat published its figures regarding tourism in the EU in 2011. In 2011, EU residents made 1.0 billion holiday trips, of which around one quarter were trips outside the country of residence. Highest share of outbound holiday trips in Luxembourg and Belgium and Spain was the top foreign destination of EU residents.

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Seven out of ten Europeans travelled in 2012

According to a Flash Eurobarometer survey published by the European Commission, EU holiday makers, as many as 88% spent their vacations somewhere within the EU, either in their own country or in another Member State. Spain (12%), Italy (8%) and France (7%) are still the most preferred destinations.

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Tour operators and travel agents will promote the 112 emergency number

The European Commission announced that it reached an agreement with The European Travel Agents' and Tour Operators' Associations (ECTAA) for promoting the pan-European emergency number '112' on their websites, on e-tickets, and at major tourist destinations.

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Projects with mobile technologies to achieve a personalised tourism are boosted by the Commission

The European Mobile and Mobility Industries Alliance (EMMIA), a scheme boosted by the European Commission, aims to develop more sustainable solutions in the field of mobility by enhancing transnational cooperation and access to mobile services.

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Berlin wins the Access City Award 2013

The European Commission announced that the Access City Award 2013 to the city of Berlin. The prize, which aims to encourage cities to share their experience and to improve accessibility for the benefit of all, has been awarded in recognition of Berlin's comprehensive and strategic approach to creating an accessible city for all.

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The EIB and the Association of the Mediterranean Chambers of Commerce committed to the development of tourism

The French city of Marseille has been de venue for the signature of an agreement between the European Investment Bank and the Association of the Mediterranean Chambers of Commerce (ASCAME) aimed at encouraging the development of sustainable tourism as a way to support the development Mediterranean economies. This agreement will develop a first cooperation agreement signed in November 2009.

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Commission will continue to find ways to improve the information gathering on migration flows within the Schengen area

The report on the state of the Schengen area was published by the European Commission. Among the conclusions, the Commission highlights that the Visa Information System (VIS) has worked well but the European institution will continue to find ways to improve the data collection and analysis of irregular migratory movements.

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The Commission proposes to update the EU visa policy to spur the tourism

The European Commission adopted a Communication that examines how the implementation and development of the common visa policy could help growth in the EU by facilitating travel opportunities for third country nationals willing to visit the EU.

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