Europe’s oceans, seas and coasts are a major driver for the European economy, generating roughly 5.4 million jobs and a gross added value of almost 500 billion a year1. Furthermore, this ‘Blue’ Economy has great potential for innovation and growth. The Blue Growth Strategy is a long-term strategy from the European Commission to harness this potential in a sustainable way, and support sustainable growth in the marine and maritime economic sectors, creating both jobs and value. The strategy focuses on five sectors with a high potential for Blue Growth: Aquaculture, Coastal and maritime tourism, Blue biotechnology, Ocean/Renewable energy and Seabed mining (Mineral resources).
In order to monitor the growth in the Blue Economy, the European Commission has developed a set of Blue Indicators for the different sectors. This map of the week focuses on the employment in the coastal tourism sector in the European Union. More specifically, it shows the proportion of people employed in this sector compared to the overall employees in the Blue Economy per country. Have a look at the map to discover the coastal tourism hotspots of Europe.
The data in this map were provided by DG MARE.