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HERIT-DATA pilot site in Bosnia and Herzegovina: Mostar
Mostar bridge. By Nenad Maric 
Located in the South of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Mostar is one of HERIT-DATA pilot sites. This city does not yet face a phenomenon of tourism overcrowding like other locations do. However, a large majority of tourists tend to visit exclusively the old Ottoman bridge, which makes it necessary for the city to start thinking about how to prevent harmful effects of too big crowds concentrated in a limited space.

In this sense, the data and results that will be obtained in Mostar through HERIT-DATA can lead to an optimal setting of the site management, starting from the very beginning by planning the scale of tourism and the carrying capacity of the city.

The Centre for Spatial Research, who manages the pilot activity in Mostar, wants to bring forward the city’s tourism management agenda, so that Mostar can compete with other destinations, despite its complex political context.

The Mostar pilot will be an occasion for the Centre for Spatial Research to bring all relevant stakeholders around the same table. They will try different innovative tools to facilitate collaborative work through HERIT-DATA project, in order to start solving issues and improving both the experience of tourists visiting Mostar and the quality of life of those who live there.

Mostar aims to learn from the experiences of the other HERIT-DATA pilot sites in order to develop the best possible model for the management of tourism. The goal is to achieve a greater balance between the increasing flow of tourists and the protection of Mostar’s unique cultural heritage, which makes this city so exceptional.

>> Watch the interview to Isidora Karan, Centre for Spatial Research
News from the tourism sphere
  Reducing carbon emissions in the tourism sector: transport & data

In order to be sustainable, the tourism sector needs to take into consideration the reduction of CO2 emissions in its strategies starting from one of the most polluting factors: transport. In this regard, big and open data will play a key role.

According to a UNWTO report released in the scope of COP 25, transport-related emissions from tourism are expected to account for 5.3% of all man-made CO2 emissions by 2030 and over 20 % of total transport emissions.

The UNWTO calls for enhanced cooperation between the transport and tourism sectors to effectively transform tourism so that it can contribute to climate action.

This report highlights the need for systematic data collection and analysis to support evidence-based decisions in the tourism sector, notably with the aim of reducing transport emissions and adapting transport infrastructure.

The document provides valuable modelling analysis tools to forecast the evolution of tourism demand across the globe at the international and domestic level.

These tools can also help to calculate the amount of transport-related CO2 emissions of the tourism sector against the current ambition scenario for the decarbonization of transport to meet the targets of the Paris Agreement.

All in all, data continues to be at the heart of the transformation towards carbon-free tourism.

>> UNWTO & ITF report on transport related carbon emissions in the tourism sector

International eTourism Conference
8-10 January 2020 - Guildford, United Kingdom

Open Data and Tourism
16 January 2020 - Paris, France
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International Tourism Trade Fair
22-26 January 2020 - Madrid, Spain
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East Mediterranean International Tourism Exhibition
30 January 2020 - Istanbul, Turkey
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