The last Shapetourism partners’ meeting was held on 19 April 2018
The last Shapetourism partners’ meeting was held on 19 April 2018. It was hosted by the University of Algarve. 5 partners attended the working sessions in Faro and the remaining two participated by teleconference.
The day before, the hosting partner organised a full-day study visit covering both the hinterlands and the coastal area of the Algarve region. The visit was really effective and gave serval inputs on issues dealt with during the project, like localisation of tourism pressure and imbalances between coastal centres and the surrounding territories.
The working sessions of the meeting focused on an internal evaluation of the project deliverables with specific reference to the case studies developed by the partners. A further main topic for discussion was an update on the dissemination activities implemented by each partner, in particular, the meetings with stakeholders to foster the use of the PDSS formulated by the project. According to the reports by partner, by the end of the project, the target number of stakeholders signing a letter of intent and committing themselves to exploit and capitalise the project results should be hit and even surpassed.
Eventually, partners focused on the exit strategy of the project and agreed on the main follow up and capitalisation activities to be promoted in the next months. On this regard, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed by all members of the project Steering Committee.
On 20 April 2018, partners participated to the final event of the project organised by the University of Algarve. It was an interesting opportunity to exchange analysis, suggestions and ideas for further possible developments with a very qualified audience, including the main regional authorities in the field of tourism, environment and culture.
Special thanks are due to our host, the School of Management, Hospitality and Tourism of the University of Algarve for the excellent organisation!