Swiss study shows the importance of on-line booking

A study carried out between December 2012 and January 2013 among Swiss hotels shows the increasing economic importance of e-Tourism, in particular on-line booking. Booking.com is the most frequently used OTA (on-line travel agency) in Switzerland. 
According to the study’s data, its market share among OTA increased from 53% to 67%. Moreover, The total amount of commissions paid to intermediaries by Swiss hotels add up to estimated 194 million francs of which 124 million francs were spent for commission payments to online channels. That means serious business for e-Tourism and on-line travel agencies!

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Find all about the launch of the Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs!

The conference website of the launch of the Grand Coalition: ‘Filling the gaps: e-Skills and Education for Digital Jobs’ which took place on 4-5 March 2013 at the Marriott hotel in Brussels has been updated with:


IT industry will offer more than 900,000 jobs in Germany

According to recent studies concucted by Bitkom, the ICT in Germany will offer more than 900,000 jobs. The annual turnover will increase by 1.4 % to a total of 153 bn. €. However, this growth is hampered by a shortage of skilled workers – more than 43,000 vacancies are currently registered.

Source: Computerwoche Online, http://www.computerwoche.de/a/bitkom-erwartet-dieses-jahr-12-000-neue-arbeitsplaetze-in-der-it,2534033, (20/03/2013)

IT Industry in Germany faces positive Future

 According to recent forecasts, the IT industry in Germany faces a promising future. 70 % of IT experts consider the international competitiveness of the IT industry in Germany to be « good » or « very good ». Especially IT Security, Cloud Computing, Embedded Systems, and Smart Grids are supposed to face extraordinary growth potential.

However, the shortage of skilled workers ist still a predominant problem in Germany. Especially the segment IT Security, Software Development, and IT Project Management are affected. In order to overcome this shortage, a 46.6 % of SMEs invest in training of their employees – a promising fact!

Source: Computerwoche Online, http://www.computerwoche.de/a/beste-aussichten-fuer-informatiker,2534022 (20/03/2013)

ICT 2013: Create, Connect Grow

The ICT conference will take place at the beginning of November 2013 in Vilnius, Lithuania. It will be the first opportunity to learn the details of research funding for ICT-related projects under Horizon 2020, the new framework programme. 
Horizon 2020 will support the development of ICT in Science (in future and emerging technologies or e-Infrastructures); in industrial leadership (such as smart systems, robotics, photonics, etc.) and in societal challenges (such as eHealth, eGovernment and eSkills.), and with a special instrument for SMEs. 
The Call for Networking Sessions for the ICT conference is open now, with the deadline 26 April 2013. 

European Commission and Member States: how they are supporting Public Procurement of Innovative Solutions?

On 21-22 March 2013 a high level event on Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) and Public Procurement of Innovative Solutions (PPI) is taking place in Berlin, Germany. The program of the event as well as the instructions for registration can be found on the Berlin event website. Participation to the event is open and free of charge.
This high-level event will offer an opportunity to hear first-hand from the European Commission and Member States how they are supporting the implementation of PCP and PPI. In other words, how public purchasers (and private procurers) are enabled to buy better and/or cheaper products and services while at the same time boosting innovation.
From a European perspective, European Commission services will present 2013 CIP and FP7 calls for proposals as well as future financial instruments (Horizon 2020, CEF, Structural funds 2014-2020) to support the demand for innovation and innovative procurement. Public procurers and other stakeholders interested to network or share/present experiences in preparation of future EU calls for PCP and PPI projects can contact the EU officials on the event program to actively participate in the breakout session 7 on public buyers networks for future applications to EU calls on PCP and PPI. Contact in particular lieve.bos@ec.europa.eu for the CIP-ICT-PSP-2013 calls supporting PPI pilots (in ICT fo! r health and ageing well) and the FP7-ICT-2013-11 call supporting PCP projects (in e-learning and digital preservation). 
Background info about submission deadlines, scope for currently open FP7 and CIP calls on PCP and PPI can be found on the calls page of the PCP-PPI website.

Training in line with times and market needs: ICT and e-Tourism

According to WTO, the Internet is playing a fundamental role in the distribution of tourism information and sales. Increasing proportion of users are buying services on–line, in this sense, online booking and reservation services have been widely accepted among both leisure and business travelers to a degree where it is true to say that « e-tourism » has taken off and the touristic sector will gain a larger and larger share of the online commerce market. 
In the light of these fast and stimulating challenges, the eTourism Framework consortium is pleased to announce its 1st Seminar that will take place in the Villa Spinola Grimaldi inside the Parco Tigullio, in Lavagna (Genova), Italy on March 19th 2013
The event will start at 3.00pm with a presentation of the eTourism Framework project’s scopes, objectives and expected outcomes. It will then continue with interactive Round Tables of the « World Café » type, composed of about 10 key experts from an international perspective and from industry and training institutions to discuss relevant questions for e-Tourism and how they are in line with times and market needs. 
For further information about this event please contact the local organizers FOR SAS Mrs. Paola Del Giudice at areatecnica@forsas.it 
For more information, please visit the e-Tourism section of the e-Jobs Observatory: http://www.e-jobs-observatory.eu/e-Tourism

The Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs was launched. And now what?

Photo by: Yuri Arcurs

At the launch of a new partnership to address a lack of ICT skills and the hundreds of thousands of unfilled ICT-related jobs, President Barroso stressed the job potential of the ICT sector for Europe. He reiterated that tackling high unemployment is the Commission’s top priority.

A Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs was launched on Monday, 4 March 2013, following identification by the Commission’s Digital Agenda for Europe of the lack of e-skills to pursue today’s rapid technological changes. This new multi-stakeholder partnership has a mandate until 2015.

« Studies have also shown that ICT-related occupations are much more resistant to crisis than most other jobs. This clearly means that e-skills are definitely key in reducing the risk of unemployment including for senior workers. More and better qualified ICT practitioners, researchers, entrepreneurs, managers and users are needed and will increasingly be needed, » said President Barroso in his speech at the launch and noted that the latest study shows that Europe faces up to 900,000 unfilled ICT jobs.

« In a nutshell, a multi-stakeholder partnership approach is the right way to develop a skills agenda in a targeted, innovative and sustainable way, » said President Barroso.

Initial commitments from stakeholders have been endorsed with over 15 companies and organisations signing up to the Grand Coalition. Among the first pledges to come to life is a new online learning platform for young people called the Academy Cube and a new training module for energy smart grid installers.

The Commission has sought pledges in the following key areas:

  • Training and matching for digital jobs – to help ensure the skills people are getting are the skills business needs;
  • Mobility – helping those with skills get to the place where they’re needed, to avoid shortages and surpluses in different towns and cities;
  • Certification – making it easier to prove to an employer what skills one has, regardless of the country;
  • Awareness raising – so that people know the digital sector offers rewarding and enjoyable careers to both women and men;
  • Innovative learning and teaching – so our education and training systems expand and improve to give more people the skills for success.

More information about the launch of the Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs.