Sustainability: MIBACT’s projects

From the impact of the big figures in the main Cities to the thematic years, from electric mobility to the “Sea Watchers”, by Tax Credit

The meeting “Policy and projects for tourism sustainable development in Italy”, renaming long lastingtourism stocktaking in Italy, was held yesterday, in Spadolini Room at MIBACT as an event for the Sustainable Development Festival. The conference was an opportunity of general reflection on the nature of sustainability, as expressed inpublic administrator, academic and expert speeches. The very foundation of the main tourism subjects matters in the Strategic Plan for Tourism 2017-2022. Especially considering the expected increasing in International tourist flows- about 2 billion for 2030–asking forparticular attention tosmart destinations’ growth and strategies totake up.

Francesco Palumbo, Director General for Tourism, by dealing with other issues in the PST and 2018 Action Plan held: “every action in the Strategic Plan must consider the impact on sustainability. Not only from an environmental view, but – he went on – but also from the most comprehensive one. Especially caring for the social and economic”. As to tourism impact on the big Cities, the D. G. asked the question: “Is this impact just a matter of tourist’s responsibility, or rather of organizing his stay? For this, demand is the crucial issue in the Tourism Strategic Plan. A Plan implemented by many projects on sustainability, the first of which precisely concerning presence in the Cities of Art.

Policy e progetti per lo sviluppo sostenibile del turismo in Italia - Francesco Palumbo

Turning to other issues in the PST (Strategic Plan for Tourism) and the respective Action Plan, Mr. Palumbo declared, “Working at a one year’s peculiar theme means considering all the themes at a time. A different, innovative way of managing tourism commitment by applying to private assets.” On sustainable mobility, “We have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to develop tourism mobility in the cities and main tourist destinations, aiming at rising the present  charging stations up to 7000 within 2020 and to 14000 in 2022”.

Conversely, in respect to Tax Credit he reminded the audience “financial support and tax relief – 240 million in Tax Credit up to 65% – grant requalifying hotel facilities, provided that concerned with energy efficiency and earthquake-proof building measures”.

Finally, the last Project mentioned and developed together with Bologna University was the one on the Sea-watchers, “to involve tourists in monitoring protected areas, a model suiting also the Routes, it is trying to apply to. A new different approach, where the tourist is no longer impacting on the environment he closed – but helping to keep it sustainable”.

Mr. Palumbo’s speech, as the Director General for Tourism

Then, it followed Enrico Giovanni, an ASviS’ representative, reflecting on the role of sustainability in Italian tourism strategies. Innovating, requalifying, investing in and changing for a sustainable Italy in 10 years, through tourism crosscutting function, conveying culture.

Further, Giovannini mentioned some veritable project examples from museums and cinema. The Guggenheim in Venice, the MAXXI Museum in Rome and the MUSE in Trento, for example, decided to re-classify their works again by SDGs, to convert themselves into an engine for sustainable culture. That is, proposing a museums’ network for sustainable development.

Enrico Giovannini’s speech, as representative of ASviS
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Besides, some case-history items on sustainability in tourism and culture integrated the work. It was presented a series of projects of national/international relevance including:

  • One of the awarded start-ups of the Project FactorYmpresa Turismo, realized together with Invitalia in the Top Italian Destination’s frame;
  • The Enel Project, according to the Memorandum of Understanding ENEL-mibact on mobility in Italian big cities;
  • Stock-taking and actions performed by the Naples’ Mufollowing the Agreement on Sustainable Tourism in the Five big Cities (Venice, Rome, Florence, Naples and Milan);
  • Sustainable management procedures of a UNESCO site flows – Le Cinque Terre, The five Lands as reported by Vernazza’s Mayor;
  • The Smart Destination NECSTouR network with Tuscany aslead partner of the European Project with Provence and Catalonia;
  • The Interreg. Med projects, on tourism sustainability in the Mediterranean;

Other experiences concerned with tourism flows, mobility, innovation and the cross-cutting principle of sustainability.

Integral Video of the Meeting