Technological innovation for sustainable industrial tourism

Technological innovation for sustainable industrial tourism

Terrassa will participate in a European project to move towards more sustainable industrial tourism. It concerns the “Smart Industrial Tourism in the Mediterranean (SMITour)”, which will be present through the Industrial Tourism Network of Catalonia (XATIC), the entity that heads the city. The project focuses on technological innovation to achieve its goals: diversifying tourism, reducing environmental impact and promoting social and economic growth. Specifically, work will be done on a technological tool for managing industrial tourism destinations.

The SMITour project is led by the Municipality of Prato (Italy), and has the active participation of other entities such as the University Institute of Lisbon (Portugal), the Textile Museum Foundation of Prato (Italy), and the Hellenic Society of the Clothing Industry. (Greece), E-Institute (Slovenia), and Faculty of Economics and Business in Rijeka (Croatia).

The city council explains that XATIC will play a “key role” in this initiative, as it will coordinate the second working period (WP2) of the three in which the project will develop and implement the technological tool dedicated to the management of industrial tourism destinations.

The SMITour project will last more than two years

The project's global budget amounts to 600,000 euros, 80% of which was provided by European funds, according to the council. It is expected to last 27 months, divided into 5 periods during which the various work phases will be implemented.

The first meeting to start the project was held on March 5 and 6 in the city of Prato, in the presence of everyone partners Europeans On behalf of XATIC, XATIC's Vice President and City Council Tourism Advisor, Pep Forn, actively participated; XATIC Technical Secretary, Pepe Martinez; Roca Humbert de Granollers project coordinator, Esther Prat; Director of the Water and Textile Museum of Manresa, Udald Serra; And European Project Officer – Tourism Technical Office at the Barcelona Regional Council, Georgina Calvo.

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“An important step” for XATIC and the cities that are betting on industrial tourism

“This opportunity represents an important step for XATIC and for all cities that are betting on industrial tourism, as Terrassa does,” Vörn points out, because it puts it “at the center of a European-wide project to develop an action plan for sustainable industrial tourism.” Industrial tourism in the Mediterranean regions.

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