Paolo Rosso

Paolo Rosso

Commissioner for tourism of the Veneto Region


Paolo Rosso was born in Agna, next to Pauda on may the 5, 1960. He is currently Commissioner for tourism of the Veneto Region. As a Tourism Commissioner Mr. Rosso is in charge of the whole regional promotion and coordinates the political activities and strategies aimed at improving the ourism management within the Venetian area.
Mr. Rosso helped the regional department for tourism in defining new projects to implement accessibility within the tourism value chain and he integrated, in the framework of the regional tourism law, the Art. 43 on the rights of visitors with disabilities and special needs, moreover he is one of the coordinators of the European Accessible Tourism taskforce within NECSTouR: the Network of European Region for Sustainable and Competitive Tourism.
In the past he covered many important roles for the regional economical sector: actually he was both General Director for the Food and Agricultural Deaprtment of the Veneto Region and, previously, Deputy Director for the same Department .
In 1984, Mr. Rosso graduated in Padua in Agricultural Science.


Accessible tourism represents a crucial aspect of innovation for our destinations. After the World
Tourism Day - that was celebrated in Mexico on September the 27th – “Tourism and community
development” has become the new MANIFESTO at international level that I want to support both
from the professional point of view and from the personal one.
Actually, the ability of tourism to empower people and provide them with skills to achieve change
in their local communities ,should be absolutely linked to the accessibility and hospitality quality
The Veneto Region is the first Italian Region for Tourism (63 Millions of arrivals and 15 millions
of overnight stays). It is the Sixth Region in Europe for number of visitors and it offers nine
different thematic products thanks to its favorable geographical position that allows our guests to
experience the territory during the whole seasons.
The European union proposed many political initiatives to boost the tourism economical
sector after the crisis. The Regions play a crucial role in the development and management of the
sector, and are collaborating with the European Commission and Parliament to support the 2010
Communication “Europe, N° one tourism Destination – a New Political Framework for Tourism in
Europe” and its 21 actions according to the principle of subsidiary established by the Treaty of the
European union. In 2010 the Veneto Region subscribed a declaration of intent with the Previous
Vice President, Mr. Antonio Tajani to formalize its commitment in this sense. In 2011 the Veneto
Region together with Ile De France Region, in the Framework of NECSTouR (the Network of
European Regions for Sustainable and Competitive Tourism) took the challenge to
coordinate the European Accessible Tourism Task Force.
The European Accessible Tourism Task Force in the framework of NECSTouR was officially
born in 2012. It is about a group of regions that want to share their experiences and
perspectives on the integration of accessibility within the tourism value chain. The overall
objective is to collaborate at international level with other NON European subjects – both
form the public and the private sector – to increase the number of visitors coming from the
emerging countries notwithstanding their special needs.
The Accessible Tourism Representatives, supported by NECSTouR wrote a road map
document that was launched on October 6th at the European Parliament during an high level
meeting supported by Ms. Rosa Estaras Ferragut: member of the European parliament very
committed in supporting accessible tourism among the European union.
The institutional representatives for tourism from Scotland, Flanders, Catalunya, Ile De
France and Veneto joined the meeting to give their political perspective and to propose a 2015
action plan for accessible tourism destination. The Road Map document is now public.