Heritage, Tourism and Hospitality, International Conference

Mendrisio  Ticino  Switzerland

6-8 April 2020

We look forward to seeing you in Mendrisio

The Heritage, Tourism and Hospitality, 4th International Conference, will bring together again researchers, practitioners and policymakers to discuss the leading question: How to succeed in attracting tourists while simultaneously engaging all stakeholders in contributing to the preservation of natural and cultural heritage?

HTHIC2020 is organised by the UNESCO Chair in ICT to develop and promote sustainable tourism in World Heritage Sites at USI – Università della Svizzera italiana (Lugano, Switzerland) and consultancy Elgin & Co. (Netherlands) in collaboration with UNESCO-UNITWIN Network “Culture, Tourism, and Development” and under the patronage of the Swiss Commission for UNESCO. The conference will evolve around the theme “Living Heritage and Sustainable Tourism” with Mendrisio as a fascinating example of ‘living’ tangible and intangible heritage. 

Experience the Holy Week

The Processioni della Settimana Santa di Mendrisio: a fascinating example of ‘living’ heritage and in December 2019 added to the UNESCO Lists of Intangible Cultural Heritage. Learn all about the preparations, the passion and dedication with which the local community organise these events.

See the Trasparenti

During the Holy Week Mendrioso’s famous Trasparenti, illuminated nocturnal paintings, embellish the ancient town. Walk with us along the route of the processions and visit Casa Croci, a small 19th-century architectural gem, which houses the Museo del Trasparente di Mendrisio.

Stay in Mendrisiotto

After the conference, attend the processions on Holy Thursday and Good Friday, 9 and 10 April 2020, and enjoy Easter in Mendrisiotto, visiting its churches or walking Monte Generoso and Monte San Giorgio.




Museo d'arte

Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio

Museo Vela

Museo dei fossili del Monte San Giorgio

Hotel Serpiano

Church of San Giovanni Battista

Hotel Coronado

Bus & Train Station Mendrisio