4th Steering Committee HERIT-DATA : transfer of relays between the Studying phase and the Testing and Transfering one

The 4th Steering Committee of the HERIT-DATA project was held in Dubrovnik (Croatia) on 26 March 2019, at the premises of the City of Dubrovnik Development Agency (DURA).

4th Steering Committee HERIT-DATA : transfer of relays between the Studying phase and the Testing and Transfering one

The 4th Steering Committee of the HERIT-DATA project was held in Dubrovnik (Croatia) on 26 March 2019, at the premises of the City of Dubrovnik Development Agency (DURA). The partners met in order to talk about the current project progress, the difficulties encountered, and the next steps planned, with a particular focus on the transition from the Studying phase to the Testing and Transferring one.

First, the meeting started with a presentation of the status of the Studying phase, focusing on the Benchmark of mass tourism experiences, conducted by the Valencia Region (Turisme Comunitat Valenciana), in charge of Work package 3 (Studying). Then, the Santa Maria Real Foundation, which is supporting the implementation of this work package, raised the issue of the indicator system which is being developed in the framework of HERIT-DATA.

Topic discussed in the second part of the project meeting : the Work package 4 (Testing), led by the Toscany Region in collaboration with the Foundation for Research and Innovation, the University of Lisbon and the Valenciaport Foundation. The lead partner presented the key objectives and forthcoming activities of the work package, ensuring coordination with the previous phase of studying. This was followed by a fruitful debate on the development of the HERIT-DATA Tourist Flow Management platform for the collected data from the pilot destinations.

During the afternoon session, The Occitanie Region, coordinator of both communication and capitalisation Work packages, took the floor. The two main expected deliverables were presented to the partner organisations : the draft Communication Plan and the Mapping of Target groups. As it will be particularly involved in supporting the capitalisation Work package in the upcoming years, the CPMR’s Intermediterranean Commission (IMC) outlined its political agenda on sustainable tourism.

The IMC also provided  an update on its Sustainable Tourism Community’s activities, with a special focus on its 2nd Capitalisation Workshop organised in Split the days after on March 27-28. Following this, it shared its view on the planned capitalisation actions and finally described the potential synergies to be sought with relevant projects and emerging initiatives, such as PANORAMED, the UfM working group on Blue Economy, the WestMED Initiative, among others.  

On 25 March, ahead of the steering committee, all of the project partners were invited to take part in a study visit organised by the Center for Spatial Research, to Trebinje and Mostar, beautiful cities located in Bosnia Herzegovina. The guided field visit provided an interesting insight into the local tourism perspectives and management in the two destinations, boasting an exceptionally rich historic and cultural heritage.