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Data management for sustainable tourism: Moving towards a network of tourism observatories for a better governance in the Mediterranean
The online workshop on Data Management for sustainable tourism is the first technical event organized by BEST MED. It has the purpose to present the overall goals of the project and, in particular, to showcase the results of its study activities coordinated by the Regional Tourism Agency of Lazio Region.
The workshop is an opportunity to analyse and compare goals and management models of existing Tourism Observatories in the Mediterranean area at national, regional and local level. It intends to provide information on relevant EU funded projects and existing standards on data management for tourism, especially on official statistics (Eurostat System), big data for tourism management, use of sustainability indicators.

One of the main themes addressed by the event is the use of web platforms for data gathering and management, especially in the field of tourism sustainability indicators. Particular attention is paid to the presentation of the new platform developed by BEST MED on the basis of Mitomed+ project’s platform.
Best Med’s intervention field is also the promotion of tourism sustainability planning in local territorial systems. To this purpose during the workshop a special focus is placed on the presentation of the “Best Med Sustainable & Cultural path model” meant to improve the sustainability policies along the Cultural Routes of the Mediterranean Basin. This model will be further developed in the next phases of BEST MED project, using pilot areas as well.

The event aims at setting the knowledge basis for the next activities of the project and, in particular, at paving the way for the creation of a network of Tourism Observatories in the Mediterranean area based on a participatory approach.
In this perspective, the workshop must be considered the first step in the development of BEST MED’s governance approach for sustainable tourism in the Mediterranean area.
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