S.LI.DES. Smart strategies for the development of sustainable tourism at cultural sites
3.1 – Leverage natural and cultural heritage for sustainable economic development
6c – Conserving, protecting, promoting and developing natural and cultural heritage
Main project objective:
The S.LI.Des project is aimed at promoting cross-border cooperation between the regions included in the programme area, for the joint planning of intelligent strategies to support sustainable, balanced regional development. This is done through the promotion of both material and intangible cultural heritage, in particular the assets that constitute the identity of the destinations (artisan businesses and craftsmen).
The project will provide local authorities with an innovative system of dynamic data about tourist flows, which will improve their decision-making processes in terms of the management of the most popular tourist sites. In addition, it aims at exploiting the tourist potential of ‘lesser’ cultural assets, as a lever to revitalize the urban and social landscape and diversify the local economy.
Project summary: the goal of the project is to develop a methodology and a smart strategy to preserve and enhance material and intangible cultural heritage, to promote sustainable local development, concentrating in particular on ‘living heritage’: artisan businesses and creative industries.
Through a series of innovative tools and methods, S.LI.DES will develop a Smart Destination Ecosystem to dynamically analyse different aspects of the cultural heritage of the destinations, to monitor the transport models of visitors and identify potential ‘savoir-faire’ aspects to improve the visitor experience. All the data will result in a competitiveness and sustainability assessment for the destinations to support the development of actions to implement, diversifying tourist options through investments targeted at cultural heritage.
S.LI.DES takes a participatory and innovative approach, which includes the combination of a vast range of smart technologies and methods to integrate the destination data and flow analyses, thereby supporting the decision-making process of the policy makers, preserving the identity of each region and making destinations livelier while improving quality of life for visitors and local citizens. The main ‘products’ resulting from the project will be:
– a Smart Destination Ecosystem methodology, which includes a map of the activities linked to artistic craftsmanship, cultural heritage and cultural and creative businesses;
– a dashboard for each tourist destination, to update public decision makers on tourist flows;
– a strategy for the promotion of cultural heritage and the management of tourist flows.
All of this is meant to benefit politicians and public authorities, craftsmen and artisans, cultural associations, SMEs, tourist industries, visitors and citizens.
Lead Partner – Università di Cà Foscari-Venezia (IT)
PP1 – CISET (IT)
PP2 – Ecipa (IT)
PP3 – SIPRO Ferrara (IT)
PP4 – City of Bari (IT)
PP5 – City of Venice (IT)
PP6 – CAST-Università di Bologna (IT)
PP7 – Tourism Institute – Zagreb (HR)
PP8 – Craft College – Adult Education Institute Rijeka (HR)
PP9 – Development agency of Dubrovnik-Dura (HR)
PP10 – Tourism Institute of Sibenik (HR)