The cycle tourism industry could be set to receive a boost from Brussels, according to ETRA – the European Twowheel Retailers' Association.
The European Commission is calling for proposals for the promotion of cycling tourism in the European Union.
The call has been made in an effort to cut CO2 emissions in the tourism industry, primarily though the support and promotion of cross-border and trans-national cycling routes and cycle networks.
In the call for proposals, the Commission said: "The Commission has identified sustainability as a fundamental aspect for the quality and competitiveness of European Tourism.
"At the end of 2007, the Commission presented a Communication on an 'Agenda for a sustainable and competitive European Tourism', where it acknowledged that several stakeholders have already recognised the importance of the sustainability challenge and are working to improve their performance. In order to achieve more significant results, the Commission invited tourism stakeholders to unite their efforts and act together, in a more visible and synergic way."
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