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The Most ‘Over-Touristed’ Cities in Europe

Picture by Rachel Claire Following the end of the COVID pandemic, small and large cities are suffering from the growing number of tourists and visitors. This article shows some interesting data about this phenomena. https://www.statista.com/chart/30115/annual-number-of-tourists-per-inhabitant/    

The travel destinations that want tourists to stay away

Foto di Gabriella Grifò da Pixabay This interesting article from Timeout magazine, shows the example of some tourist destinations trying to reduce the number of visitors. This article by John Bills presents some travel destination among the worlds most popular ones willing and acting to reduce the number of visitors and thus reduce also the […]

SMARTDEST Lisbon Co-learning Workshop: now available the technical report

The SMARTDEST project tackles social exclusion unfolding in cities that are hub to different global mobilities, with a particular focus on tourism and the intermeshed mobilities of lifestyle migrants and global nomads, migrant workers or higher education students It is thus interested in scrutinizing the drivers, mechanisms, and consequences of social exclusion at an individual […]

SMARTDEST research team is glad to announce the following event and invite for contributions

Conference: “TOURISM MOBILITIES, SOCIAL EXCLUSION AND PLANNING FOR URBAN RESILIENCE”  Final event of the SMARTDEST project  Barcelona, 15-16 September 2023  The SMARTDEST project (H2020 program, ref. 870753, https://smartdest.eu/), coordinated by the Rovira i Virgili University and including other 12 research partners from 8 European countries, engages with the production of social exclusion in tourist cities. Its main ambition […]

New SMARTDEST Publication: Smart tourism city governance: exploring the impact on stakeholder networks

By Josep Ivars-Baidal, Ana B. Casado-Díaz, Sandra Navarro-Ruiz, Marc Fuster-Uguet (2023). Building on new trends in tourism and smart city governance, this study aims to examine the degree of interrelation between stakeholder networks involved in tourism governance and smart city development. A model describing the transition towards smart tourism city governance is proposed. Design/methodology/approach The […]

New SMARTDEST publication: Smart city and smart destination planning: Examining instruments and perceived impacts in Spain

By Josep A. Ivars-Baidal, Marco A. Celdrán-Bernabeu, Francisco Femenia-Serra, José F. Perles-Ribes, J. Fernando Vera-Rebollo (2023). Another paper published in the framework of SMARTDEST in collaboration with another project under development at the University of Alicante. It analyses the tourism planning derived from the adoption of the smart approach in tourism, urban and technology policies […]

CITYLABS AS INSTRUMENTS FOR URBAN CHANGE: co-learning and scaling-up workshop – March 2nd 2023 – Lisbon

The event will take place on March 2nd 2023 in Lisbon at the Centro de Informação Urbana de Lisboa CIUL. The event will be freely accessible to the public, but there will be not the online streaming of the event. Download the programme Map As part of our dissemination strategy, SMARTDEST partnership invites leading experts […]

‘Things have to change’: tourism businesses look to a greener future

While tourism destinations are looking forward to exit the lockdown and receive again national and foreign tourists, it is important to look at this post-COVID situation as a possibility for cities to redesign their tourism model in a more sustainable manner, environmentally and socially. https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2020/may/28/things-had-to-change-tourism-businesses-look-to-a-greener-future

What does Covid-19 mean for people working in the gig economy?

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought the plight of the gig economy workforce into sharp focus. Some of this workforce is now busier than ever, delivering take-away food and online shopping to communities in lockdown. Others have been left high and dry by the collapse of travel which has frozen all activity for Airbnb, ride operators […]

COVID: tourism immobilisation and its social consequences

By Antonio Paolo Russo, University Rovira i Virgili, SMARTDEST coordinator May 2020 The SMARTDEST project tackles the relation between tourism mobilities and the production of social exclusion in cities, with an ambition to contribute to the definition of a policy agenda for cities that takes tourism mobilities seriously, and that brings out the potential of […]