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Ancient Olympia: the HERIT-DATA pilot site in Greece
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This month, we tell you about our pilot site in the region of Western Greece: Ancient Olympia.

Olympia is considered one the most important archaeological sites in Greece, listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. For this reason, the HERIT-DATA Greek partner, the Region of Western Greece, chose it as a pilot site to collect data about tourism flows and carrying capacity.

Along with the ancient city of Olympia, data will also be collected from the Temple of Apollo Epicurius at Bassae, and from the Port of Katakolo. It is planned to collect secondary data (desk research) and primary data (through the use of sensors), feeding the overall database of the HERIT-DATA project.

Like in all countries, the lockdown imposed in March obliged to close all archeological sites and museums in Greece until the 18th May (archeological sites) and the 15th June (museums). However, since their reopening, the number of visitors is still very low compared to previous years. The Greek tourism authorities are hoping that the sanitary measures put in place will help to create a safe environment for visitors to come back during the remaining part of the season.

Like the other pilot leaders, which were supposed to start collecting primary data in summer 2020, the Region of Western Greece had to postpone data collection for next summer, hoping to capture more relevant data on the tourism flows. This year, the Region of Western Greece will collect data concerning tourism flows from previous years and analyse it on the HERIT-DATA platform (that we briefly presented in the last E-flash).
This will allow to test the platform by using past data and prepare the field for a smooth transition towards the use of real-time data next year.

News from the tourism sphere
UNWTO launches initiatives to #RestartTourism.
Image by Raman Oza on Pixabay

As the world starts lifting the lockdown measures imposed in the previous months, the tourism sector takes stock of the unprecedented impact of this pandemic and prepares for recovery.

In this context, the UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) has launched several initiatives to restart the tourism sector.

At the end of May, a set of Global Guidelines to restart tourism has been defined, in order to help the sector identify the top priorities for tourism recovery and to provide guidelines to support this sector, which is among the most negatively impacted by Covid-19.

The document provides recommendations in several areas of tourism management, such as: border management, hospitality, air travel and destination planning. Each area includes recommendations about hygiene & operations, product & marketing and partnerships.

>> Click here to download the Guidelines

At the end of June, UNWTO and Sommet Education launched the Hospitality Challenge: it aims to collect fresh ideas, to foster new approaches and a shift towards sustainability and innovation in the tourism sector.

The challenge is open to startups, entrepreneurs and innovators, which are called upon to propose methods, processes, technologies or social impact initiatives. The ideas will be assessed according to innovation, sustainability and digitalization criteria.

The deadline for applications is the 31st August 2020 and the selected top solutions will be presented in October 2020.

>> Click here to find out more about the challenge


Here is a selection of upcoming online events and webinars:

Webinar: eLearning by tourism destinations
July 7 - Register here

Data Talks: Women in "Dati Aperti"
July 8 - Register here

Travel’s Path Forward online summit: Loyalty 
July 16 - Register here

Travel’s Path Forward online summit: Online travel
July 23 - Register here

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