Tourism related activities by ETC-UMA

ETC-UMA started working on tourism related spatial data and indicators in 2014 in the context of the Interreg Med project Med-IAMER, defining, mapping and assessing key indicators of drivers and pressures of coastal and maritime tourism. The data layer are also visible on the SDI MED Map Viewer.

This experience has led to our participation in the tourism related activities for the European Environment Agency (EEA), particularly the work for the working group on the Tourism and Environment Reporting Mechanism (TOUERM). The results of this 3-years working group is an indicator set that describe the drivers, pressures and impacts of tourism and touristic activities on the European Environment. Based on this indicator set, the EEA Report on Tourism and Environment is planned to be published in July 2017. The most important aspects and conclusions are summarized in a common paper presented at the Global Forum on Tourism Statistics. ETC-UMA’s contribution focusses on indicator definition, mapping and assessment, particularly of the spatial impact of tourism activities (ski resorts, marina ports, golf courses, accommodation infrastructure).

Finally, the University of Málaga is academic member of the Network of European Regions for a Sustainable and Competitive Tourism (NECSTouR). ETC-UMA is participating in its working group on tourism indicators to support European regions and destinations in their effort to monitor sustainable tourism. In this context, ETC-UMA is collaborating in the International Network on Regional Economics, Mobility and Tourism (INRouTe), an international reference for the measurement and economic analysis of tourism activity at the sub-national level.