SUSTOURISMO Project

Acronym: SUSTOURISMO
Project Title: Sustainable Tourism & Mobility Hand-by-Hand development

University of Belgrade Faculty of Transport and Traffic Engineering role: Partner
Duration: 30 months (01/02/2020 – 01/07/2022)

Budget: 1.618.927, 60€
Partner Quota: 12.122, 33€

Recent activities:

Description: SUSTOURISMO is a project funded by the European Union’s ‘Adriatic-Ionian Program INTERREG VB Transnational 2014 -2020’. It aims to upgrade the environment and highlight the natural and cultural heritage elements within the Adriatic region through the reduction of environmental pollutants caused by the increasing use of private vehicles of tourists travelling around the Adriatic countries. The reduction is expected to be achieved through increasing the modal share of active transportation (walking, cycling), Public Transport (PuT) and lower-carbon mobility concepts (car sharing - car-pooling, electromobility).

In this context, attractive touristic packages will be developed to meet the tourists’ mobility requirements. In addition, the SUSTOURISMO application for mobile phones will be designed, developed and pilot tested for a ten months period in nine cities of the participating countries (Albania, Greece, Italy, Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovenia). Ten partners (Research Agencies, Universities, Municipalities and Regions of the Adriatic - Ionian Sea) coordinated by CERTH/HIT as lead partner of the consortium, join their forces to examine and evaluate the efficiency of innovative combined tourism-mobility services.

Objectives:

  • Identifying crucial tourism & mobility services providers and involved key players
  • Experience exchange for sustainable tourism improvement (through sustainable travel) within the Adriatic - Ionian region
  • Exploring tourists’ needs (surveys for identifying interests and needs; sights, areas of historical and cultural value, alternative types of tourism)
  • Building cooperation among identified players for developing a win- win environment; evoke sustainability responsibility to tourists while increasing tourism & mobility sectors profitability
  • Exploiting the power of new technologies for travelers’ engagement in ‘green’ travelling – “SUSTOURISMO” app (for sustainable tourism awareness raising, for crowd-sourcing/crowd-learning and assessing environmental friendly and responsible travel behaviors)
  • Delivering methodologies for transferring and adopting the lessons learned by the pilot cases to other ADRION regions
  • Providing ADRION policy makers with a Sustainable VolunTourism Boost Action Plan (ROADMAP) that concentrates guidelines for reaching sustainable tourism goal

Partner role and responsibilities: Role and responsibilities of University of Belgrade Faculty of Transport and Traffic Engineering as a project partner is reflected in the implementation and coordination of all project-defined activities within the City of Belgrade, in which will be conduct pilot and research on tourist needs, transfer experiences and lessons to other ADRION regions. Contribution to the promotion of sustainable tourism in the ADRION region.

Contact person:
Aleksandar Manojlovic

Associate professor

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RECENT ACTIVITIES


 

Second virtual project meeting

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On 13 and 14 July 2020, the second SUSTOURISMO project’s meeting took place online due to Covid-19 restrictions. The meeting was the occasion for discussing the advancements of the project’s activities, in particular the analysis of the state of the art of sustainable tourism and mobility topics and of the different case studies focussing on how to improve and promote more attractive and sustainable travel solutions in the ADRION area.

Dr. Maria Morfoulaki, head of the Sustainable Mobility Laboratory of the Centre for Research and Technology Hellas/Hellenic Institute of Transport (CERTH/HIT), welcomed all partners and introduced the technical sessions and the main goals of the project. In particular, she underlined the importance of working on these topics especially in such a difficult time for the tourism sector due to Covid-19.

On the first day, the Institute for Transport and Logistics (ITL), WPT1 coordinator, introduced the technical activities aimed at creating the common information bases for the development of all the technical activities and pilots. In particular, ITL presented the ongoing activities that are mapping existing policies and supporting schemes related to tourism and sustainable mobility at the European, national, regional and local levels. The Central European Initiative-Executive Secretariat (CEI-ES) presented the activities related to the analysis of the existing projects and experiences on the project topics, with the aim of identifying the best and bad practices in support to the pilots’ development and implementation. The Regional Development Agency of the Ljubljana Urban Region (RDA LUR) introduced the preliminary activities about a survey that will be conducted in all project’s countries in order to map the main tourists’ needs in relation to sustainable tourism and mobility promotion. All these activities are very important, as they will provide reliable and effective information for the SUSTOURISMO App, a tool aimed at helping tourists in adapting sustainable tourism and mobility behaviours. App’s design and development is coordinated by CERTH/HIT.

After the administrative part coordinated by the lead partner, CEI-ES introduced the communication activities that due to the rational of the project are strictly linked to the technical activities, engagement and commitment from tourists and local communities is the prerequisite for successful pilots in SUSTOURISMO. The definition of effective strategies and actions to promote the project on the social networks was the main topic of discussion. In order to increase project’s visibility, specific news, newsletters and social media contents will be released. Stay tuned!

The second day of the meeting was mainly dedicated to the eight case studies. In Thessaloniki’s case study, the main idea are experiencing city by foot, enhancing urban sea transport for connecting the city with the closest beaches and examining the possibility to develop a touristic card. PED Epirus pilot, in the Region of Epirus, will focus on improving the connections between the port of Igoumenitsa and the urban area of Igoumenitsa and Preveza thanks to two different pilots on the improvement of the coastal line mass transit offer and the creation of a dedicated info board on sustainable transport solutions in ports. The Emilia-Romagna case study will focus on the integration of a “regional tourism section” in the existing Mobility as a Service (Maas) App and in the definition of dedicated touristic packages for tourists, improving also the information flows on sustainable mobility and tourism possibilities in the region. The Friuli-Venezia-Giulia Region case study aims at identifying and promoting effective and attractive sustainable cross-border tourism solutions, with a specific focus on bike tours. In Ljubljana, where two partners join forces, the pilot will focus on improving the attractiveness of the bike & rail path from the main train station to the local national parks, thanks to the valorisation of the sustainable circle around Ljubljana Moors. Zadar’s pilot initial plans include increasing the bike paths coverage and examining terminals to city centre interconnectivity via public transport and sustainable modes of transport. The Municipality of Tivat, in cooperation with the municipal Tourist Organization, is working on boosting the potential of the Municipality as a tourist destination by defining three new touristic packages. In Berat’s case study, the focus is on promoting the exploration of the historical centre on foot, together with the promotion of adventurous solutions and bike tours in the city and the surrounding areas. Lastly, Belgrade plans two different pilots focusing on the development of touristic packages that would stimulate sustainable tours within the city, both walking and by bike. A walking tour in the centre of Belgrade where the tourist would visit the sights of the city and a bike tour to "Ada Ciganlija" in order to promote recreational tourism.

The meeting continued with the presentation of the stakeholders’ consultation activities by ITL, especially on the first round tables with the key local stakeholders to be conducted in September 2020. Then, CEI-ES presented the plan for the capacity building activities, including the webinars that will have to be conduced in the next months, beginning with the first one in September 2020.  

The meeting ended with the Steering Committee Group coordinated by CERTH/HIT and the plan of work for the next challenging months for SUSTOURISMO.

SUSTOURISMO project is funded by the European Union Adriatic-Ionian Program INTERREG VB Transnational 2014 -2020.


 

 

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