The Challenges for the future of tourism in the EU

This article was published under the 2015-2020 European Committee of the Regions mandate, and runs through the current mandate 2020 – 2025.



Last updated 18 September 2020

Adoption at CoR Plenary

September 2019
Appointment of the rapporteur


This own-initiative opinion will enable the European Committee of the Regions to propose solutions on issues such as intensive tourism, the role of booking portals, sustainability of tourism, preservation of heritage sites and present a vision for a sustainable tourism strategy for regions, by taking into account European and global trends that affect regions but cannot easily be managed by them.


Manuel Alejandro Cardenete is Vice-Minister in the office of the Vice President of the Andalusian government in charge of Tourism, Regeneration, Justice and Local Administration. He is vice president of the Executive Committee of NECSTouR (Network of European Regions for Competitive and Sustainable Tourism) an important partner of the CoR and the NAT commission on Tourism. He is also Professor of Economics at Universidad Loyola de Andalucía and Vice-Rector of Postgraduate Studies and Director of Loyola Leadership School. He previously worked for the European Commission and is fluent in English. As rapporteur, besides being highly versatile, he will be backed by the administration of Andalusia, a region that is an important tourism hub.



18 – 21 September

Cardenete’s report adopted in the Natural Resources Commission of the European Committee of the Regions. During the NAT-meeting Cardenete said: “Making tourism growth more sustainable will reinforce its capacity to generate wealth, employment and development, while preserving the environment for future generations, building a more just and prosperous, modern and efficient society in the use of our resources.” More can be found on the page of the Junta of Andalucia. His intervention (video) can be found here

Europa Press, La Vanguardia and Teleprensa covered the intervention. 

18 June

The NAT Commission adds the topic of “Tourism and transport in 2020 and beyond” and integrates it into this ongoing report on the future of tourism for EU cities and regions, while also appointing Cardenete as jury member for the European Capital of Smart Tourism Award. 

30 April 

Tourism is a key sector to highlight during these difficult times, argues Cardenete in an opinion piece to Spanish newspaper La Razon.

“Andalusia cannot afford to lose a sector where we have an undoubted added value: quality, infrastructure and positioning. Now we add a new value: security.”

5 March

Exchange of views on Cardenete’s report in the Natural Resources commission of the European Committee of the Regions. 


10 December

Cardenete joins the Renew Europe CoR delegation to the COP25 Climate Conference in Madrid, sharing liberal best practices in fighting climate change, and discussing sustainable tourism as a way to tackle climate issues. 

24 October

Rapporteur Cardenete chairs the event “Sustainable Tourism: current challenges and opportunities” at the ALDE Party Congress in Athens, Greece. The interactive discussions explored various challenges that cities and regions face due to tourism: impact on the environment and local life, precarious job and increasing competition worldwide. It is important to address these challenges while enabling Europe to remain the world’s number one destination. Cardenete lead the panel consisting of our Vice-President Ulrika Landergren and Ivan Gulam, Mayor of Pirovac, Croatia, and exchanged ideas and best practices with about 50 stakeholders. 


Spanish website Hosteltur covers the European Committee of the Region’s focus on the lack of benefits of tourism for regions and cities, highlighting Cardenete’s proposals. 

Appointment of rapporteur

08 October 2019, Renew Europe Group meeting
Belgium - Brussels - October 2019 

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Manuel Alejandro CARDENETE


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