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7th HERIT-DATA partners’ online meeting
The virtual group picture! :)
On 16-17-18 November, HERIT-DATA partners gathered for the 7th project online meeting.
It was not possible to meet in Valencia as it was initially planned, however the partners could still discuss the project’s achievements and next steps in a virtual way.

From a communication perspective, the next months will be dedicated to disseminating the key results achieved so far and to supporting the partners in the communication about the pilot activities.

A Model for Mass tourism management is currently under development, and is aimed to provide concrete guidance on how to use data and new technologies to manage and preserve the Mediterranean cultural heritage.

The coming months will also be dedicated to shaping the capitalisation actions, including the synergies with other projects and the connections with territorial authorities who could use HERIT-DATA’s outputs in their future work.

The partners could also discuss the work to be done to collect and analyse the data from the pilot sites using the Snap4City platform (we talked about it in our June E-flash). The Covid-19 pandemic prevents the pilot leaders from collecting the real data in their respective sites, but it is still possible for them to prepare the testing of the platform and to install the data collection technologies. This will allow us to collect the data next year.

Many more updates to come in the upcoming weeks: follow us on our social media channels (Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube) and on our website!
News from the tourism sector
Turning tourist flats into affordable homes
Venice's St Marks square empty

What if Covid-19 could create the opportunity to convert tourist flats into affordable homes for the local population? Some cities in Europe and beyond have started going in this direction.

Lisbon has recently launched an initiative to encourage the landlords of tourist flats to rent their properties to the city for a minimum of five years. This allows to provide affordable housing while at the same time giving the landlords the guarantee of a stable income in these times of uncertainty.

The city of Venice has partnered with the university and property owners in order to rent unoccupied tourist flats to students, and the agreement seems to be working: in September, the portal dedicated to student rental was having a growing number of requests.

This summer, Barcelona has warned a number of owning companies that the city would seize empty flats (often used for tourist rental), if a tenant would not be found in the coming month. This measure builds on previous ones, all aimed at filling empty apartments.

In the meantime, some hotels are also considering converting their empty facilities into housing. It is the case of a hotel in Brooklyn, which started a partnership with a non-profit to convert its rooms and spaces into flats for homeless people, or low-income families.

Even if tourism will recover from this crisis, it is interesting to see how some cities, traditionally visited by huge numbers of tourists, are re-thinking their business models and re-imagining their spaces, giving them back to local communities.


Here is a selection of upcoming events and webinars:

BEST MED Conference: Data Management for Sustainable Tourism
December 9-10 - Click here

Webinaires de la donnée - Projet ODEON
December 10, 14, 18 - Click here

Tourism In Next Generation Eu And Interreg Programme 2021-27
December 14 - Click here

Sustainable Tourism in the WestMED: strengthening ties with Southern partners
December 15 - Click here

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