Brussels, 25th May 2016 – Today, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) plenary almost unanimously approved rapporteur Patrick Liébus’ Opinion on the 2016 Annual Union Work Programme for European standardisation.
The European tourism industry is a sector that is dominated by SMEs, with more than 99% of companies employing less than 250 people and approx. 94% employing less than 10 employees. On average, tourism SMEs in Europe counts 6 employees/workers (micro-enterprise). In many countries they account for a significant part of the GDP. 6.5% of the total European SME turnover is accounted by tourism SMEs. Tourism is a very complex issue as it involves many activities and is quite different from one European country to another.