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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 12-10-26

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From: The Cyprus News Agency at <http://www.cyna.org.cy>


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  • [01] "Connected TV" European conference wraps up in Limassol
  • [02] Europe seeks to consolidate its image as the world's no1 tourist

    destination


  • [01] "Connected TV" European conference wraps up in Limassol

    The European conference "Connected TV" concluded today in the southern coastal city of Limassol, discussing smart TV developments and the next steps concerning the legislative regulation of the audiovisual sector in Europe.

    Andreas Petrides, the Executive Chairman of the Cyprus Radio Television Authority, stated that "a new world is opening up in every house" through smart TV, since users will have the ability to connect their TV sets to the internet and enjoy a number of services, including watching movies, social networking or purchasing products. He also said that there is great pressure to legislate the field the soonest possible, adding that the European Commission has already committed itself to seeing this happen early next year. The Conference, he went on, discussed ways to regulate the new field in a way that addresses smart TV challenges.

    The two-day conference was organized under the auspices of the Cyprus Presidency of the Council of the EU and was attended by more than 170 participants from all over Europe.

    [02] Europe seeks to consolidate its image as the world's no1 tourist destination

    The 11th European Tourism Forum has sought ways to consolidate the image of Europe as a collection of sustainable and high-quality tourist destinations, facilitate tourist flows from third countries and maximise the potential of EU policies and financial instruments for developing tourism.

    The two-day Forum, which concluded here today, was co-organised by the Cyprus Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism, the Cyprus Tourism Organisation and the European Commission, and was attended by stakeholders from all levels of the EU tourist industry. The European tourist industry generates over 5% of EU GDP and its 1.8 million businesses employ approximately 5.2% of the total workforce, equivalent to 9.7 million jobs.

    The springboard for discussions on how Europe can remain the world's top tourist destination was the European Commission Communication of June 2010 entitled "Europe, the world's No 1 tourist destination - a new political framework for tourism in Europe".

    During a press conference after the end of the Forum, Cypriot Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism Neoklis Sylikiotis noted that "constantly changing conditions, coupled with the prospects created, call for immediate and decisive action, so that Europe, as a single tourist destination, can maintain its leading position in the international tourist environment".


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