Shapetourism partners met again after the kick off meeting on 26-27 May 2017 in Split.
The event was host by the Croatian partner, the University of Split, in the seat of the Faculty of Economics. All partners attended the meeting and the participation was high: around 20 people took part in the different working sessions, 11 of them were from foreign countries.
After a project implementation overview by the Lead Partner, recalling the qualitative and quantitative aspects of the implementation, the Agenda focused on sharing technical activities progress by each project partner.
The University of Venice (LP) presented some interesting applications of the big data elaboration to improve knowledge and give evidence on tourism business dynamics and trends. The use of big data is one of the most important innovation of the Smart Integrated Tourism Data System that the project intends to set up to overpass the informative limitations of conventional statistical analysis and fill the gap with stakeholders’ current information needs. Partners showed large interest for these applications and asked for insights in this regards.
According to the project workplan, one of the major topic for discussion concerned the elaboration of a questionnaire to gather data to elaborate models and tools for the identification of territorial asset; the University of Algarve coordinates the activity. Criteria for identification of stakeholders, geographical coverture and organisational aspects were discussed and analysed.
All the other partners also gave an update on their activities that are still at a planning stage: DPRS and Cluster Analysis (University of Split), Asset Risk Analysis (University of Malaga), report on the identification of tools to implement policies and face conflicts and externalities (Cyprus Center for European and International Affairs, Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts),
Last point in the agenda was dedicated to a discussion on some operational aspect of the project Communication plan (AICCRE Veneto).
The work environment was very good and it allowed setting up a clear operational plan for the following semester of activities.
Special thanks are due to our host, the Faculty of Economics of the University of Split for the excellent organisation!