Forum to discuss angling’s role in tourism recovery across Europe
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EFTTA, the representative body for the recreational fishing industry in Europe, is among the hosts of a webinar on how angling can contribute to the recovery of the region’s tourism sector following the COVID-19 pandemic.
The event is being organised by the European Parliament Forum on Recreational Fisheries and Aquatic Environment (RecFishing Forum) with support from EFTTA and the European Anglers Alliance. (EAA).
It will take place on Thursday, July 16th from 10.30am to 12.30pm and will be co-chaired by MEPs, Niclas Herbst and Grace O’Sullivan.
The confinement measures taken by the great majority of EU Member States to protect public health has taken its toll on all sectors of business and economic activities. Mindful of its effect on the tourism industry, the European Parliament is looking at ways of regenerating the sector with a focus on coastal and maritime tourism.
A spokesman for the EAA said: “Angling constitutes a high-value and sustainable touristic activity, especially for coastal, rural and remote areas that can only rely on a few other sources of income. Fishermen contribute to the local economy by spending in shops, hotels and restaurants, and support the local job market by buying tackle, renting boats and equipment or by using the services provided by fishing guides and charter companies.
“This fits within an important part of the European Commission’s strategy, devoted to the promotion of a more sustainable model of tourism within the EU.”