Spring brings the start of boating season in Europe and we’re proud to announce that nautical tourism is now part of Visit Europe, a platform promoting Europe as destination.
On www.visiteurope.com readers will learn more about various boating and watersportactivities they can experience on the old continent, whether they choose the Mediterranean, Baltic Sea or the Atlantic Coast. Take a look at the article on http://www.visiteurope.com/en/article/sail-the-seas
At national level, efforts are also on-going to encourage people to get on board and have a taste of boating. In Germany, the series of events scheduled within the Start Boating campaign are nearly all sold out already. The campaigns Welkom op het Water in the Netherlands and Upptäckbatlivetin Sweden are equally aiming to offer practical experience to the largest number of participants. In Spain, the campaign #embarcate kicked off in Barcelona in March.
Promoting boating is needed in Europe but as Europeans are often travelling across Europe, it is urgent to discuss common rules across the continent. We believe more needs to be done by Member States to create favourable conditions for boating across the continent and not only locally. Boats are meant to travel and European Boating Industry is working hard at EU level to simplify and facilitate operational conditions for companies across Europe.
For instance, buying and selling boats, engines and personal watercraft has been made easy thanks to more than 15 years of harmonised rules at EU level. On the contrary, offering boating services across Europe remains an administrative headache for charter companies and skippers as rules are fragmented from one country to another and there is little or no recognition of professional qualifications between EU Member States. Achieving simplified rules for boating services and facilitating work mobility of professionals across Europe are the challenges that Europe needs to address to support the development of nautical tourism.
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