BEST-MED project : how about we talk about the results ?

BEST-MED conference “DATA MANAGEMENT FOR SUSTAINABLE TOURISM” 09-10 December 2020, from 9:30 to 13:30

The online workshop on Data Management for Sustainable Tourism is the first technical event organized by BEST MED project, to share the results of its study activities, coordinated by the Regional Tourism Agency of Lazio Region, and to engage in a closer cooperation with Mediterranean tourism sector’s stakeholders, most notably Tourism Observatories.

The online workshop on Data Management for Sustainable Tourism is the first technical event organized by BEST MED project, to share the results of its study activities, coordinated by the Regional Tourism Agency of Lazio Region, and to engage in a closer cooperation with Mediterranean tourism sector’s stakeholders, most notably Tourism Observatories. The workshop is, actually, an opportunity to analyse and compare goals and management models of existing Tourism Observatories in the Mediterranean area at national, regional and local level. It intends to provide information on relevant EU funded projects and existing standards on data management for tourism, especially on official statistics (Eurostat System), big data for tourism management, use of sustainability indicators.

The two-day meeting takes place on 9th and 10th December from 9:30 - 13:30 (full agenda is available here) and besides presenting the project main objectives, it features the participation of some Sustainable Tourism Community’s projects, such as HERIT-DATA, MITOMED+, DESTIMED Plus, CO-EVOLVE and SMART MED. The lead partner of the Sustainable Tourism Community and the partner in charge of capitalisation activities, respectively DIBA - Barcelona Provincial Council and NECSTouR - Network of European Regions for a Sustainable and Competitive Tourism, will present the main features of the communities and the ongoing synergies between our Community partner organisations and Mediterranean tourism sector’s stakeholders.

One of the main themes addressed by the event is the use of web platforms for data gathering and management, especially in the field of tourism sustainability indicators. Particular attention is paid to the presentation of the new platform developed by BEST MED on the basis of Mitomed+ project’s platform. BEST MED’s intervention field is also the promotion of tourism sustainability planning in local territorial systems. To this purpose during the workshop a special focus is placed on the presentation of the “BEST MED Sustainable & Cultural path model” meant to improve the sustainability policies along the Cultural Routes of the Mediterranean Basin. This model will be further developed in the next phases of BEST MED project, using pilot areas as well.

The event aims at setting the knowledge basis for the next activities of the project and, in particular, at paving the way for the creation of a network of Tourism Observatories in the Mediterranean area based on a participatory approach. In this perspective, the workshop must be considered the first step in the development of BEST MED’s governance approach for sustainable tourism in the Mediterranean area.