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A year with HERIT-DATA: 2020 insights
HERIT-DATA team in Lisbon (Oct 2019)
Happy new year from the HERIT-DATA team! For this E-flash, we’d like to look back at 2020 and take stock of our key achievements.

- We welcomed a new partner: the DISIT (Distributed Systems and Internet Technologies) Lab (University of Florence) has joined the consortium to support the development of the HERIT-DATA platform.

- With this new partner, we have set up the online platform for the collection and analysis of data related to tourism flows. We are using an existing one, developed by DISIT Lab: Snap4city.

- Due to Covid-19 outbreak, our pilot sites saw a complete stop of the tourism activities and the influx of visitors, which obliged them to put data collection on hold. However, they could still set up the environment on the online platform and, in some cases, prepare the tools for data collection.

- We held two online meetings to discuss about the key project milestones and to define the following steps and the mitigation plan related to the Covid-19 crisis.

- We produced a new animated video to illustrate the project in a nutshell.

- Many of our partners showcased HERIT-DATA in events related to tourism and technology, which contributed to increase our visibility.

2021 will be marked by the collection of primary data in the pilot sites and by the transferring & capitalisation activities, with the development of a model for mass tourism management and the connections with territorial authorities.

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News from the tourism sector
Key 2021 travel & tourism trends
Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay

For the first E-flash of the year, we share the major 2021 travel and tourism trends according to analyses by key tourism-related media & organisations:

- The first thing to bear in mind for 2021, is that people’s desire to travel will be stronger than ever. This will be a real driver for the tourism sector.

- The majority of people who will be able to travel in 2021 is likely to choose fewer trips over the year, but lasting longer (14 days or more) and with more flexibility in terms of modifications/cancelling.

- Many people will book trips that allow them to couple remote work and tourism. Many destinations are already offering solutions dedicated to this growing community of digital nomads!

- Travellers will pay much more attention to the capacity of a destination or service provider to guarantee high standards of hygiene and safety.

- Most travellers will build their trust on technological solutions that will enhance transparency, clean communication and easy booking and payment.

- Many more travellers will rely on travel agencies to be able to manage changes or cancellations in these times of uncertainty.

- In 2021, travellers will be more aware of the impact of their trip on the environment and on local communities: they will look more for sustainable tourism solutions.

> Read the analysis by Echo Touristique (in French)
> Read the analysis by Amadeus


Here is a selection of upcoming events and webinars:

Sojern Webinar series - A Sustainable Future for European Travel: What We Learnt in 2020
January 13 - Click here

European Data Portal webinar - Data Doesn’t Drive (People Do)
January 26 - Click here

Kick-Off meeting of the 19th European Week of Regions and Cities
January 28 - Click here

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