22% of private companies in Europe work in commerce industry and employ about 30 million people, it means one of every seven jobs in Europe belongs to the commerce sector.
In view of these data we can affirm that commerce is a key sector in local economies and a fundamental urban social agent. For this reason, from Vitrinas de Europe we consider that we must promote a debate in which trade – and local commerce – is the central axis of the discussion.
Aware of the reality and the threats that commerce has to face, mainly globalization and digitalization, the ‘XIV Conference on Urban Trade and Tourism’ will confront different existing models to elucidate answers to the hottest issues. On the other hand, urban projects that stand out for the promotion of maintenance and the appearance of commerce, as well as favoring the “compact city” model that promotes, preserves and strengthens local commerce, will also be presented.