The assembly to constitute the regional tourist office for the Centre and West regions of the Grand Duchy was held at the Ministry of the Economy on 2 May 2016. The founder members interested in the development of tourism in their region included municipal administrations, tourist accommodation associations, a number of associations working in favour of tourism, and one private company.
Regional tourist offices bring together the main stakeholders in a region's tourist sector with a view to achieving better coordination of activities and greater professionalism. Regional tourist offices already exist for the Ardennes, the Moselle region, the Mullerthal region - Luxembourg's 'Little Switzerland' and the South of the Grand Duchy (RedRockRegion). With the creation of a fifth regional tourist office covering the Centre and West, the whole country will now have a professional regional structure.
It is also planned that the new regional tourist office will join the economic interest grouping Luxembourg for Tourism (LfT) in the next few months; the EIG would then be able to rely on five regional tourist offices as well as the Luxembourg City Tourist Office (LCTO) in order to determine its strategy for tourism down to regional and even local levels.
Apart from the regional tourist offices already in existence and the LCTO, Luxembourg for Tourism - as a structure for promoting tourism in the Grand Duchy - also brings together associations representing tourist accommodation (HORESCA, Camprilux, youth hostels) and a number of relatively large private businesses.
At the constituting assembly, Secretary of State for the Economy Francine Closener said, "The creation of the Centre/West regional tourist office and its future membership of Luxembourg for Tourism completes the structural and organisational reorganisation of tourist bodies at the regional and national level. In doing so we have created an efficient foundation for continuing to professionalise tourism at every level in the decision-making and operational chain and ensuring that the Grand Duchy is appropriately promoted in other countries."
(Source: Press release by the Ministry of the Economy)