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USI UNESCO Summer School 2015 on ICTs to Promote Sustainable Tourism
September 8th, 2015

The second edition of the Summer School USI UNESCO Chair in ICT to develop and promote sustainable tourism in World Heritage Site  has taken place from August 24 to September 4, 2015 at Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca (Milan – Italy), in collaboration with the University of Milano-Bicocca (Milan, Italy), and with the patronage of EXPO Milan 2015.
The main topic of the Summer School 2015 was: “ICTs to Promote Sustainable Tourism.Tangible and Intangible Heritage between Cultural, Leisure, and Gastronomic Tourism”. The Summer School was committed to discovering the natural and cultural places we live in, and intended to offer an overview of some excellences in the Lombardy region (Italy) and in the Ticino region (Switzerland), with a particular focus on sustainable tourism and UNESCO World Heritage Sites. A combination of lectures, cases, site visits (including EXPO2015), workshops and group-works were provided, so to ensure high engagement and retention by all participants. Eighteen persons – academics and professionals – have been involved from Armenia, Brazil, Turkey, United States, Italy, Kenya, Philippines, and Indonesia.

For further information, please, find here the link to the webpage of the Summer School.

Thank you very much to everyone for the success of this important event!

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A collaboration with the University of Zadar (Croatia) for the International Summer School of Cultural Tourism 2015
August 31st, 2015

During the International Summer School of Cultural Tourism 2015, Dr. Elena Marchiori was responsible for the eTourism module with a lecture on “Reputation in online media – the case of cultural destinations”. The summer school took place at the University of Zadar, Department of Tourism and Communication Science (Zadar, Croatia), 24–29 August 2015. Six of our students from the Master in International Tourism at USI attended the Summer School in Zadar. The aim of the Summer School was to promote cooperation and exchange of views among students and professors in a cross-cultural and multidisciplinary environment, and to strengthen the capacity to manage cultural and tourist destinations, by raising the level of knowledge and skills necessary for the development of high-quality cultural tourism products.


Learning about Italian Food and Gastronomy from Online Travel Reviews: a lecture at the Summer School EXPO 2015
July 16th, 2015

Dr. Elena Marchiori gave a lecture on ‘Learning about Italian Food and Gastronomy from Online Travel Reviews’ to a class of Chinese students from Chongqing University during the Summer School EXPO 2015 Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life, in collaboration with the University of Milano-Bicocca.

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A collaboration with the United Nations University
June 12th, 2015

Dr. Nadzeya Kalbaska eTourism Online Communication Management

Dr. Nadzeya Kalbaska is currently visiting United Nations University’s Operating Unit on Policy-Driven Electronic Governance in Guimaraes, Portugal. She is working with Dr. Tomasz Janowski, Head of Unit, on potential collaboration projects between eGovernment and eTourism domains.

During her visit, Nadzeya gave a seminar to tourism industry practitioners, policy makers and researchers: “e-Tourism and Online Communication Management of UNESCO World Heritage Sites: New Trends and Research Perspectives”.

You can see her presentation below: