Gdansk tourism cluster report

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see also Gdansk tourism background paper

Brief report of the cluster meeting on "Socially responsible tourism"

The cluster meeting took place in the Conference room in the Department of International Cooperation, ul. Dlugi Targ 8-10, Gdansk.

It began at 10 a.m. on 28th June 2008.

Participants: Maurizio Davolio, AITR] (Associazione Italiana Turismo Responsabile - Italy); Alessandra Ivul, AITR – Italy; Claudio Palvarini, Consortium Le Mat Development Agency – Italy; Silvia Toschi, Le Mat – Italy; Pär Olofsson, Coompanion and Le Mat Sweden – Sweden; Israel Benjumeda, Ismalar – Spain; Agnieszka Krawczyk, Coalition for Breaking Social Resistence – Poland; Lukasz Machcinski, Association for Development of Debrzno Commune – Poland; Anna Rok, UNDP / eFTe – Poland; Ramona Aziewicr, EUREQA – Poland.

Chairperson: Maurizio Davolio, AITR

The meeting began with the lecture of the background paper by Maurizio Davolio, followed with the presentation of EARTH - the European Alliance of Responsible Tourism and Hospitality, by Alessandra Ivul and the presentations of all the participants in that order: Claudio Palvarini – Le Mat; Lukasz Machcinski – Central and Eastern European Greenways; Agnieszka Krawczyk – Social Economy Center and hits the Hotel; Pär Olofsson, Le Mat Sweden; Israel Benjumeda, Responsible Tourism and Ismalar.

During the cluster meeting, Claudio Palvarini (Consortium Le Mat Development Agency - Italy) shared two possible Offline Project Idea Forms for Central Europe. The two project names are: HERITAGE: Enhancing the natural heritage of protected areas by developing local sustainable tourism systems, and DEEX: Decentralized City for Cultural Excellence. Lukasz Machcinski (Association for Development of Debrzno Commune – Poland) showed his interest in both cases, given two concrete proposals of collaboration.

After the presentations the chairperson opened the debate:

Interesting reflections upon the dissimilar situations in Italy, Poland and Sweden came over, especially with reference to the social inclusion in that kind of enterprises (Le Mat, Agnieszka Krawczyk and Le Mat Sweden).

Then the discussion continued over the general principles of Responsible Tourism, with particular attention paid to the Italian context with AITR and the European dimension growing in EARTH.

A positive confirmation of the results of the cluster meeting, is the collaboration between Anna Rok (UNDP / efte) and AITR, that consists in the translation of the “vademecum of responsible tourism” in Polish.