On Thursday, October 6, the organization of Sustainable Cities in the Netherlands organized their third annual conference in the Chassé theatre in Breda. Public servants, scientists and developers discussed ways to learn from experiments to make cities more hospitable and sustainable in the future.
Students of the minor Specialization Hospitality Innovation & Imagineering, a cooperation between NHTV University and Haaga Helia University of Applied Sciences, were asked to design and execute social experiments during this conference and share the results with the audience at the end of the day. Their assignment was part of the ‘Smart City Hospitality’ project (SCITHOS) that NHTV leads and works together on with CELTH.
The students focused on researching ways in which people can be connected, and setting up experiments to do so:
One of the most exciting outcomes of the experiments was that the students managed to involve the conference visitors in these processes. In doing so, the students forded the visitors to reflect upon their own work. As concluded by the chair of the conference: The results as presented by the NHTV students gave the audience serious food for thought and, in this way, the event proved to be a successful combination of involving education in a real-world setting.
The SCITHOS project Kick-off held 19-20 was a resounding success. All consortium partners and cities were excited to come together to discuss how Smart City Hospitality can be used to make urban tourism more sustainable.
Consortium partners and cities engaged in a lively debate on what are the most important issues when trying to make city tourism more sustainable. Also, they looked ahead at potential solutions for these problems in a short workshop to identify what is most important to achieve sustainable urban tourism.
The knowledge sharing between cities and researchers will help to ensure SCITHOS can deliver innovative interventions strategies, based on real-life experiences, that can make a difference to making tourism more sustainable now, and in the future.
The Kick-off meeting of SCITHOS will take place on Thursday 19 and Friday 20 May.
The first day (Thursday) the consortium partners will get together, while on the second day (Friday) the cities will join to discuss the outline of the project and ensure a close connection to the needs and realities of the different cities.
The meeting will take place in Amsterdam.
SCITHOS: Smart City Hospitality will officially start on 1 May 2016. It is an exciting cooperation between:
Together with partner cities:
All partners are looking forward to getting started!
Urban tourism contributes to (local) economic development, but also creates negative consequences such as CO2-emissions and pollution, overcrowding, traffic jams, noise and touristification of the city, thereby harming liveability for both residents and tourists.
Smart City Hospitality takes an interdisciplinary perspective, whilst using hospitality principles, like hostmanship and host-guest relations, in combination with smart apps and tools and serious gaming techniques to use tourism to create a long-term liveable city.
SCITHOS develops Smart City Hospitality guidelines and tools for cities that could help them find solutions to achieve sustainable tourism and actively involve the public in doing so, with the aim to change city tourism into something that benefits tourists, residents and the environment.
SHITHOS is a collaboration between several research organisations, enterprise, and a number of European cities.