The European Commission has introduced new data space that permits tourism businesses as well as public authorities to share data regarding the development of innovative tourism services and also improve the sustainability of the tourism ecosystem, among others.
The recent changes have been confirmed through a press release of the European Commission and have been established in order to help the further development of the tourism industry, which contributes significantly to EU countries’ economies.
According to the Commission, the new Data Space will ease the data-sharing process from diverse sources, taking into account local authorities and academia.
It also seeks to promote data access for a wide range of users, such as destination managers, business intermediaries, and tourism service providers, among others.
Through the Data Space, local authorities will get more information regarding tourism flows.
“This will help businesses, in particular smaller ones, as well as local authorities, to create, improve and personalise services and support decision-making related to the sustainability of their tourism offer,” the statement reads.
In addition, it will also ensure a data governance model developed by stakeholders in the tourism ecosystem, supported by EU funding.
It also seeks to offer interoperability across data domains and sectoral data spaces, such as the European data spaces for energy, mobility, health, smart communities and cultural heritage, among other sectors.