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  • Welcome to Dr. Rayviscic Mutinda Ndivo, visiting Postdoctoral researcher at the UNESCO Chair

    Dr. Rayviscic Mutinda Ndivo holds a Ph.D in Tourism and Hospitality Management specializing in Tourism Management and Destination Competitiveness. He is a Lecturer in the department of Tourism Management at Kenyatta University, Kenya and currently a visiting Post-Doctoral Researcher in the UNESCO Chair in ICT to develop and promote sustainable tourism in World Heritage Sites based in the Università della Svizzera italiana (USI), Switzerland. Dr. Mutinda has previously served as a member of the Committee of Experts in the formulation of the IGAD regional Tourism Master Plan and currently appointed by the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) as the… Read More »
  • UNESCO Chair in collaboration with Casa dei Padri in Armeno (Italy) is developing a course on Sustainable Tourism and Heritage Communication

    From Thursday 11th to Saturday 13th December Prof. Lorenzo Cantoni and Dr. Silvia De Ascaniis taught the first part of a course on “Sustainable Tourism, local development and Heritage communication. The role of Information and Communication Technologies (eTourism)”, in Armeno (Novara, Italy). The course is part of the project “Innovazione nella tradizione” (“Innovation into Tradition”), realized by Casa dei Padri in Armeno , which was the historic residence of Oblates of Saint Joseph and has been recently restructured. The project aims at making Casa dei Padri a hub for cultural and training activities on issues related to local development and heritage… Read More »
  • The UNESCO Chair entered the scientific committee of the European Association of Via Francigena and joined the European Network of Knowledge (EUNeK)

    The UNESCO Chair in ICT to develop and promote sustainable tourism in World Heritage Sites of Università della Svizzera italiana become member of the European Network of Knowledge (EUNeK), a network on Universities for the Via Francigena and the European Pilgrimage Ways, leaded by the European Association of Via Francigena (AEVF). EUNeK represents the Scientific Committee of AEVF, with the task of fostering multicultural dialogue through scientific research and exchange of best practices, in support of didactic and research activities on the Via Francigena and other European pilgrimage routes. Dr. Silvia De Ascaniis of the UNESCO Chair at USI participated… Read More »
  • UNESCO Chair research presented at Travel and Tourism Research Association (Asia Pacific Chapter) Conference

    Asta Adukaite, the coordinator of UNESCO Chair, presented a paper during the TTRA APac 2014 Conference in Melbourne Australia. The paper “Potential and implications for destination management of Online Travel Reviews’ argumentative analysis. The case of domestic and international tourism market in Jiuzhaigou National Park, China” was written by Angela Tritto (City University of Hong Kong, SOMA), Silvia De Ascaniis and Asta Adukaite (Institute for Communication Technologies, Università della Svizzera italiana – USI, Lugano, Switzerland). The presentation of the paper could be found here: http://www.slideshare.net/deascans/deascaniistrittoadukaitettraapac2014.     Research abstract is presented below : Introduction Tourists increasingly rely on eWord-of-mouth (eWOM) to make a variety of… Read More »
  • The UNESCO Chair is participating in the poster session of Cultural Heritage: Recalibrating Relationships Riches Project First International Conference in Pisa, 4 - 5 December 2014. You can download our poster here.   Read More »
  • UNESCO Chair signed an agreement on associate partnership with RICHES project

    The UNESCO Chair is an associate partner of RICHES (Renewal, Innovation and Change: Heritage and European Society). Read More »
  • Professor Lorenzo Cantoni speaking on Application of ICTs in Developing Sustainable Tourism in World Heritage Sites

    The event called "A Stakeholders' Consultative Forum for the Preparation of Ethiopia National Tourism Master Plan" was held on the 30-31 July 2014 in  Addis Ababa. Professor Lorenzo Cantoni participated with a video recording on "Application of ICTs in Developing Sustainable Tourism in World Heritage Sites". Read More »
  • Professor Lorenzo Cantoni chairholder of the UNESCO Chair and president of IFITT will celebrate the World Tourism Day on the 27.09.2014

    Professor Lorenzo Cantoni, chair-holder of the UNESCO chair in ICT to develop and promote sustainable tourism in World Heritage Sites, established at USI, and president of IFITT - International Federation for Information Technologies in Travel and Tourism will celebrate the World Tourism Day on the 26 September 2014 with a Google hangout on air . Please join us for a hangout on air to celebrate World Tourism Day with a discussion on recent development in tourism as well as hot topics in tourism research with Lorenzo Cantoni (President of IFITT), Aurkene Alzua (Overall Chair of ENTER2015 Conference) and Vitor Pereira (Director of Smart Travel 2014). The… Read More »
  • Professor Lorenzo Cantoni gives a keynote speach at the conference “A Heritage of Hospitality and Hospitality for Heritage” in Istanbul

    Professor Lorenzo Cantoni, the chair holder of UNESCO Chair in ICT to develop and promote sustainable tourism in World Heritage Sites is going to give a keynote speech at the international conference “A Heritage of Hospitality and Hospitality for Heritage” in Istanbul, Turkey 6-8 November 2014.   A Heritage of Hospitality and Hospitality for HeritagePreservation, Promotion and ProfitResearch Agendas, Best Practices and Partnerships in Tourism International Conference 2014 Istanbul, Turkey, 6-8 November www.HeritageTourismHospitality.org   The Heritage, Tourism and Hospitality conference offers a unique forum for academics, representatives of public and private (national, regional and city) destination marketing and management organisations, cultural institutes… Read More »
  • IDEAL Summer School: photostory of the first week

    Hereafter a few pictures of an exciting first week of the Summer school Prof. Lorenzo Cantoni (USI Lugano, Switzerland) on eTourism   Prof. Marcel Danesi (Toronto, Canada) on Semiotics   One of the several groupworks   Dr. Silvia De Ascaniis (USI Lugano, Switzerland) on Argumentation applied to Online Travel Reviews   Prof. John Traxler (Wolverhampton, UK) on m Learning - Mobile Learning   Dr. Sara Vannini (USI Lugano, Switzerland) on Photo elicitation   The group visiting Monte San Giorgio, UNESCO World Heritage Site (natural)   The group visiting Bellinzona Castles, UNESCO World Heritage Site (cultural)   Read More »
  • Summer School IDEAL-Tourism 2014 Has Started!

    The first edition of the Summer School IDEAL-Tourism dedicated to Information Communication Technologies for promotion and development of sustainable tourism around cultural and natural destinations is currently happening in Lugano, Switzerland. The Summer School is organized by the UNESCO Chair and supported by KFPE and Università della Svizzera italiana. It is open to academics and practitioners, and in general to everyone interested in the practical application of digital technologies to the development and promotion of sustainable tourism at the World Heritage Sites. The School is divided into numerous specialized sessions with a variety of courses, group works, projects and discussions. The event is taking place from 25th August until 5th September,… Read More »
  • Réseau UNITWIN / UNESCO “Culture, Tourisme, Développement”

    Our UNESCO Chair has been accepted to be part of the Réseau UNITWIN / UNESCO "Culture, Tourisme, Développement". Hereafter a picture of members of the network at their meeting in Girona (Spain) in June 2014: Read More »
  • Summer School 2014 IDEAL-Tourism

    Information and communication technologies for promotion and development of sustainable tourism around cultural and natural destinations. The case of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites August 25-September 5, 2014 Università della Svizzera italiana USI Lugano – Switzerland Summer school IDEAL-Tourism seeks to contribute to capacity building and knowledge advancement in the interdisciplinary research field, cross fertilizing tourism and technology studies, and in particular around the use of ICTs for the promotion and development of sustainable tourism at cultural and natural destinations. More info Read More »
  • The Unesco Chair has been approved in Spring 2013, and established in September 2013

    The UNESCO chair is committed to perform extensive research and teaching on how ICT, especially the internet, can be effectively exploited to develop and promote sustainable tourism at the World Heritage Sites (WHSs), with a special emphasis on the southern hemisphere. Its scope touches and overlaps on the following fields: eTourism, eLearning, and ICT4D (ICT for Development). Furthermore, the chair attempts to facilitate the flow of best practices and state-of-the-art information among WHSs when it comes to online communication and presence. Read More »