Dear European colleagues and friends, We are approaching a new year at high speed. Now is therefore a good time to take a look in the rear-view mirror and give an overview of the year that will come to an end in a few days’ time. However, it is of course also time to take a look through the windshield and see what 2011 has to offer, both with regards to tourism in Europe as well as what the Research & Statistics Knowledge Group will focus on in its work.