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Smart Cultural Tourism as a Driver of Sustainable Development of European Regions


Report outlining the theoretical framework for cultural tourism in urban and regional destinations

Through an extensive interdisciplinary meta literature review, various conceptualizations, frameworks and definitions of cultural heritage tourism and cultural tourism destinations will be studied. A summarizing report will outline the final theoretical framework based on these findings and adapted to geographic scales (urban, rural, regional).

SmartCulTour Platform final guidelines

Detailed documentation will be provided on the SmartCulTour Platform technical specifications and practical use guidelines in order to allow for dissemination on the broadest possible level

Final policy report

At periodic intervals the lead partner of the consortium will provide a policy brief to summarize particular issues and identify policy options and recommendations aimed at government policymakers The final policy report will focus on stakeholder engagement and toolkit development

Sustainable Cultural Tourism awareness toolkit

A specific and targeted awareness activity will be aimed at professionals and stakeholders from the tourism and cultural sectors with the aim to promote the tools that are developed within the SmartCulTour project in terms of their usability relevance and performance

Detailed report on cultural tourism interventions, which includes a framework with a meaningful categorization of cultural tourism interventions, and a description of their impacts and success conditions

The detailed publicly available report will focus on cultural tourism interventions that were identified via expert opinion and desk research The report will categorize types of cultural tourism interventions which are interpreted in the widest sense including policies strategies actions collaborations and others with specific focus on impacts and contextual success conditions This report can also be used as a white paper for policymakers

Report outlining the SRT framework

The report will identify relationships between cultural tourism development and destination sustainability andor resilience indicators taking into account the respective development stage of the destinations through an application of the tourismarea life cycle model via a rigorous application of advanced quantitative methods This will result in a comprehensive SustainabilityResilienceTALC framework of indicators

Template for strategic roadmap

As part of the wider SmartCulTour Toolkit a strategic roadmap will be developed to assist cultural tourism destinations in identifying potential strategies for learning from best practices and interventions and scaling up regional experiments for their own regional development

SmartCulTour Platform Use Cases

The SmartCulTour Platform Use Cases will provide various practical examples of how selected data of the decisionsupport system can be visualized interpreted and used to solve or better understand very specific cultural tourism problems and opportunities It will help the end user in adopting the Platform according to their needs and can provide a visual understanding of the power of data to support analysis and strategic decisionmaking

SmartCulTour Toolkit that includes a storytelling tool, matrix for strategic planning, policy recommendations and the SRT

The SmartCulTour Toolkit will be designed to assist regions in differentiating between possible interventions and allow for guided choices based on desirability of outcomes and impacts The Toolkit will specifically consist of a storytelling tool general policy recommendations and the SRT framework

A minimum of two academic papers regarding tasks 7.1-7.4

Following the broad public dissemination of research results the SmartCulTour Toolkit SmartCulTour Game and strategic roadmap will also be presented in open access academic journal articles

A minimum of 3 academic papers on sustainable cultural tourism, resilience, and the TALC model

Based on the analysis presented in the two publicly accessible reports an outreach to the academic community will be ensured through the open access publication of three academic journal articles on the topics of sustainable cultural tourism indicators the link between cultural tourism development sustainability and resilience and the integration of cultural tourism sustainabilityresilience and the tourism area life cycle

Second policy report

At periodic intervals the lead partner of the consortium will provide a policy brief to summarize particular issues and identify policy options and recommendations aimed at government policymakers The second policy report will focus on indicatorimpact assessment and the development of decisionsupport systems

A minimum of 2 academic papers on the definition of cultural tourism for urban and regional tourism and framework for future cultural tourism

The theoretical foundations of the work package relating to conceptual modeling defining cultural heritage and its different context and the future trends identified in supply and demand will lead to two academic journal articles published as open access resources

At least one academic paper regarding the state-of-the-art of cultural tourism interventions

At least one academic paper regarding the stateoftheart of cultural tourism interventions

Six reports on awareness raising and capacity building actions
Six reports on exchange visit learnings

In order to strengthen international cooperation and knowledge exchange between the six living labs representatives of each lab will undertake exchange visits which will be documented in the form of publicly available reports that focus on learnings and innovations

Set of Power Point Slides with main findings, which will be made available for policymakers and other stakeholders to provide information on sustainable urban tourism

Set of Power Point Slides with main findings which will be made available for policymakers and other stakeholders to provide information on successful sustainable tourism initiatives and their context in a variety of destinations

Report on future of culture tourism for urban and regional destinations

A report will be provided on the identification of relevant future trends in both supply and demand in cultural heritage destinations culminating in a typology of the cultural tourism of tomorrow

First policy report

At periodic intervals the lead partner of the consortium will provide a policy brief to summarize particular issues and identify policy options and recommendations aimed at government policymakers The first policy report will focus on cultural tourism conceptualization and state of the artrole models

Report on the most appropriate indicators related to the basic concepts identified in WP2

Based on desk research the publicly available report will identify the most relevant indicators for measuring and understanding earlier defined theoretical concepts specifically cultural tourism cultural tourism assets and products impacts cultural tourism destinations sustainability and resilience

Final framework of interventions, impacts and success conditions, updated with experiences from the living labs

A final updated version of D31 is foreseen in order to include best practices from the living labs interventions within the report on the overview of potential cultural tourism interventions in Europe The deliverable will take the form of a public report that will be accessible for policymakers and the general public

Consolidating report on experiences and findings

For each lab a final assessment report of the findings on the respective interventions their impact in terms of sustainable cultural tourism development and the critical contextual factors will be written which will then be consolidated in a main public report that summarizes the experiences and findings of the six labs and can serve as a white paper for policymakers

Training aid for implementing the SmartCulTour Toolkit

In order for efficient guided use of the SmartCulTour Toolkit a publicly available report will focus on developing training aids for implementations This will allow for a broader dissemination of the Toolkit among cultural tourism destinations

Open Research Data provision

Following on the two work packages most directly involved with data collection generation and analysis ie WP4 and WP5 the underlying data behind the decisionsupport system as well as any additional data used for scientific publication ie the metadata will be maximally made available to the larger public Further primary data collection after month 20 will furthermore feed back into the open data platform that is set up here

SmartCulTour Platform on-line version

Based on the earlier prototype and following a rigorous testing phase the SmartCulTour platform will be made publicly available with a rich dataset of cultural tourism indicators

Final conference to disseminate project results and on objectives for improving sustainable cultural tourism

The conference will primarily target policymakers and stakeholders and serve as a platform to discuss major challenges and objectives for cultural tourism development and introduce the SmartCulTour tools to the key target audience.

Production of abstracts and practice videos on tested interventions

Based on the SRT framework for impact evaluation and the identification of stateofthe art intervention benchmarks selected interventions will be tested in the living labs and evaluated These practices and their outcomes will be documented in abstracts and videos for public dissemination


The Role of UNESCO Cultural Heritage and Cultural Sector in Tourism Development: The Case of EU Countries

Author(s): Blanka Škrabić Perić, Blanka Šimundić, Vinko Muštra, Marijana Vugdelija
Published in: Sustainability, Issue 13/10, 2021, Page(s) 5473, ISSN 2071-1050
Publisher: MDPI Open Access Publishing
DOI: 10.3390/su13105473

A digital response system to mitigate overtourism. The case of Dubrovnik

Author(s): Nicola Camatti, Dario Bertocchi, Hrvoje Carić, Jan van der Borg
Published in: Journal of Travel & Tourism Marketing, Issue 37/8-9, 2020, Page(s) 887-901, ISSN 1054-8408
Publisher: Haworth Press Inc.
DOI: 10.1080/10548408.2020.1828230

Military Barracks as Cultural Heritage in Italy: A Comparison between before-1900-and 1900-to-1950-Built Barracks

Author(s): Federico Camerin, Nicola Camatti, Francesco Gastaldi
Published in: Sustainability, Issue 13(2), 2021, Page(s) 782, ISSN 2071-1050
Publisher: MDPI Open Access Publishing
DOI: 10.3390/su13020782

Cultural heritage sites, tourism and regional economic resilience

Author(s): Vinko Muštra, Blanka Škrabić Perić, Smiljana Pivčević
Published in: Papers in Regional Science, Issue 102(3), 2023, Page(s) 465-482, ISSN 1435-5957
Publisher: Wiley
DOI: 10.1111/pirs.12731

Process orientation of the world heritage city management system

Author(s): Lidija Petrić, Marko Hell, Jan van der Borg
Published in: Journal of Cultural Heritage, Issue 46, 2020, Page(s) 259-267, ISSN 1296-2074
Publisher: Elsevier Masson
DOI: 10.1016/j.culher.2020.07.009

Co-designing tourism experience systems: A living lab experiment in reflexivity

Author(s): Bert Smit, Frans Melissen, Xavier Font
Published in: Journal of Destination Marketing & Management, Issue 31, 2024, Page(s) 100858, ISSN 2212-571X
Publisher: Elsevier Limited
DOI: 10.1016/j.jdmm.2024.100858

Resident Support for Tourism Development: Application of a Simplified Resident Empowerment through Tourism Scale on Developing Destinations in Flanders

Author(s): Bart Neuts, Senne Kimps, Jan van der Borg
Published in: Sustainability, Issue 13/12, 2021, Page(s) 6934, ISSN 2071-1050
Publisher: MDPI Open Access Publishing
DOI: 10.3390/su13126934

Designing destinations for good: Using design roadmapping to support pro-active destination development

Author(s): Koens, K; Smit, Bert; Melissen, F
Published in: Annals of Tourism Research, Issue 89, 2021, ISSN 0160-7383
Publisher: Pergamon Press
DOI: 10.1016/j.annals.2021.103233

Destination design: identifying three key co-design strategies

Author(s): Bert Smit, Frans Melissen, Xavier Font, Astrid Dickinger
Published in: Current Issues in Tourism, Issue 27/03/2024, 2024, ISSN 1368-3500
Publisher: Channel View Publications
DOI: 10.1080/13683500.2024.2332495

A new materialist governance paradigm for tourism destinations

Author(s): Xavier Matteucci, Jeroen Nawijn, Jennifer von Zumbusch
Published in: Journal of Sustainable Tourism, Issue Online First, 2021, Page(s) 1-16, ISSN 0966-9582
Publisher: Channel View Publications
DOI: 10.1080/09669582.2021.1924180

The institutional antecedents of sustainable development in cultural heritage tourism

Author(s): Andrew Ngawenja Mzembe, Ko Koens, Licia Calvi
Published in: Sustainable Development, Issue 2023, 2023, Page(s) 1-16, ISSN 1099-1719
Publisher: Wiley
DOI: 10.1002/sd.2565

System Dynamics Approach to TALC Modeling

Author(s): Marko Hell, Lidija Petrić
Published in: Sustainability, Issue 13/9, 2021, Page(s) 4803, ISSN 2071-1050
Publisher: MDPI Open Access Publishing
DOI: 10.3390/su13094803

Envisioning the futures of cultural tourism

Author(s): Xavier Matteucci, Ko Koens, Licia Calvi, Simone Moretti
Published in: Futures, Issue 00163287, 2022, Page(s) 103013, ISSN 0016-3287
Publisher: Elsevier BV
DOI: 10.1016/j.futures.2022.103013

Fostering stakeholder engagement in sustainable cultural tourism development in nature-based sites. A case study on using methodological layering of art-based methods

Author(s): Hong Li, Monika Lüthje, Ella Björn, Satu Miettinen
Published in: The Routledge Handbook of Nature Based Tourism Development, Issue 2023, 2023, Page(s) 183-200, ISBN 9781003230748
Publisher: Routledge
DOI: 10.4324/9781003230748-15

Place-based service design through Placemaking and performance

Author(s): Ella Björn, Satu Miettinen, Mira Alhonsuo
Published in: Proceedings of the ServDes 2023 Conference, 2023, ISSN 1650-3740
Publisher: Linköping University Electronic Press

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