In June 2014 the UNESCO Chair in ICT to develop and promote sustainable tourism in World Heritage Sites was accepted to the UNITWIN-UNESCO Network “Culture, Tourism, Development” led by Université Paris1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. The UNITWIN promotes international inter-university cooperation and networking to enhance institutional capacities through knowledge sharing and collaborative work.

Main UNESCO Chair project partners:

  • Cameroun: Doual’art; M. Douala-Bell Schaub
  • Lithuania: European Humanities University, Vilnius; A. Kalbaska
  • Philippines: College of Development communication, University of the Philippines; C.S. Torres
  • South Africa: Hospitality Youth Initiative (HYI); D. Peltason
  • Spain: CICtourGUNE – Centre for Cooperative Research in Tourism; A. Alzua
  • USA: National Laboratory for Tourism & eCommerce, Eric Friedheim Tourism Institute, Dept. of Tourism, Recreation and Sport Management, University of Florida; D.R. Fesenmaier


Other supporters:

  • Australia: University of Wollongong; U. Gretzel
  • Austria: University of Salzburg; K. Luger, UNESCO Chair in “Cultural Heritage and Tourism”
  • Brazil: Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte; A.V. Sousa Dantas
  • China: The Hong Kong Polytechnic University; R. Law
  • Italy: University of Trento; L. Mich
  • Poland: University of Information Technology and Management; M. Piotrowski
  • South Africa: University of Cape Town; W. Chigona
  • Spain: Universitat Oberta de Catalunya; A. Sangrà
  • Uganda: Makerere University Business School; M. Atcero
  • UK: Bournemouth University; D. Buhalis
  • UK: University of London; T. Unwin, UNESCO Chair in ICT4D
  • UK: Dynamic Sensemaking Institute, University of Wales; S. Sala

Current local collaborations:

  • ORANGE Communications SA, Emilio Aliverti.  CSR project: mobile app for 2 WHSs in Ticino
  • Bellinzona Turismo, Gian Luca Cantarelli
  • Ente Turistico del Mendrisiotto e Basso Ceresio, Nadia Fontana Lupi
  • Fondazione Monte San Giorgio, Giovanna Staub
  • Ticino Turismo

 Funding Institutions:

  • USI – Università della Svizzera italiana (Lugano, Switzerland)
  • KFPE – Commission for Research Partnership with Developing Countries


Other agreements:

  • The UNESCO Chair is an associate partner of RICHES (Renewal, Innovation and Change: Heritage and European Society).


  •  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.

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