The Smart City Hospitality Meeting held on Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th of February in Vienna was another step towards the success of the project. On the first day the consortium members discussed the progress of the project so far, with all being pleased that the project is running exactly on schedule and first outcomes could be presented. The theoretical model, which serves as underpinning of the project, has been fruitfully discussed and consent towards a mutual understanding of the framework has been agreed upon. This supported the further clarification of the direction of SCITHOS for the following two work packages.
At the second day, representatives from Darmstadt, Stavanger and Valencia joined to hear about initial results of the preceded interviews in the participating cities during December and January. Further insights into the how tourism is being practiced and managed from the ground, but also best practices and real-life examples were shared between the practitioners and researchers. These insights were very much appreciated by all, as they will help ensure SCITHOS remains relevant to the participating cities.
Finally, mediated modelling was explained and it’s potential to assist in the project. The second day ended with the outlook of potential game’s best practices that will support stakeholder engagement and encourage collective creativity for sustainable urban environments.
All in all, the two days proved very useful, but also interesting and enjoyable for the participants. The next meeting is scheduled in Barcelona around November.
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.