Organisers, Partners & Sponsors

Conference Organisers

University of Turku

University of Turku is an active academic community of 25 000 students and staff members – a truly international research university and a provider and developer of Finnish high-quality education. The university has operations all over Finland. Education is mainly focused on three campuses: Turku, Pori and Rauma.

Elgin & Co.

Elgin & Co. work with (heritage) destinations and organisations who strive for excellence in branding and communication. Elgin & Co. assist these organisations in brand development, communication and content strategy and planning, reputation management and capacity building.

Partners & Sponsors

Svenska Kulturfonden i Björneborg
Swedish Cultural Foundation in Björneborg

Svenska Kulturfonden i Björneborg is a private, independent foundation whose purpose is to promote Swedish language cultural endeavours in Pori and surrounding areas. It manages also the Werner Petrell’s fund Ålderdomshjelpen i Björneborg. The foundation works closely with Swedish Language Education in Björneborg, the Swedish Speaking Association in Pori, and funds a wide variety of projects with a Swedish language connection. 

CLUE+ Research Institute for Culture, History and Heritage

Culture, cognition, history and heritage are central concerns of contemporary society. The Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam interfaculty research institute CLUE+ brings together top researchers from a wide variety of academic disciplines to jointly investigate these concerns and to reflect upon and formulate strategies towards societal challenges.

Finpro – Culture Finland

Finpro helps Finnish SMEs go international, encourages foreign direct investment in Finland and promotes tourism. Visit Finland is an integral part of Finpro and actively promotes Finnish tourism in its capacity as a national expert in the sector. Culture Finland is a national umbrella programme. Its purpose is to create new experiences for tourists and new business opportunities for culture and travel operators and to promote the well-being and economical sustainability.

UNESCO Chair in ICT to develop and promote
sustainable tourism in World Heritage Sites

at USI – Università della Svizzera italiana is committed to perform extensive research and teaching on how information and communication technologies can be effectively utilized to develop and promote sustainable tourism at cultural and natural heritage sites. Its scope touches and overlaps on the following fields: eTourism, eLearning, and ICT4D (ICT for Development).

Turku Tourism Academy

Turku Tourism Academy is a multidiciplinary network in South-West Finland dedicated to conducting tourism related research and educating future professionals for tourism research and management. It works in close contact with the local tourism industry on developing the region in a sustainable manner. Members are: University of Turku, Åbo Akademi University, Novia University of Applied Sciences, Turku University of Applied Sciences, Humak University of Applied Sciences, Satakunta University of Applied Sciences, and the City of Turku/Visit Turku.

SAMK – Satakunta University of Applied Sciences

SAMK is a multi-disciplinary and an international higher education institute, a significant creator of experts as well as a developer, a propeller of internationalisation and a promoter of entrepreneurship.

IFITT – International Federation for Information Technologies
and Travel & Tourism

is the leading independent global community for the discussion, exchange and development of knowledge about the use and impact of new information and communication technologies (ICT) in the travel and tourism industry and experience.


ICOMOS − the International Council on Monuments and Sites − is the international non-governmental organisation of professionals, practitioners, institutions, and other bodies committed to and supporting the conservation/preservation of the cultural heritage of all peoples. ‘Land of Water’ is the most important world heritage theme in the Netherlands and theme ICOMOS-Netherlands focuses on.

University Consortium of Pori (UCPori)

University Consortium of Pori (UCPori) is unique partnership of four Finnish universities on one campus, a centre of 2 500 students and 170 experts operating networked in a multi-science environment.


CABI is the international not-for-profit organisation and leading publisher that improves people’s lives worldwide by providing information and applying scientific expertise to solve problems in agriculture and the environment.

Visit Pori

Destination management and marketing organisation Visit Pori provides information on what to see and do in Pori and its environs and assists tourists in planning their holiday.

Tourism Business Research Group at SAMK

The Tourism Business Research Group at the Satakunta University of Applied Sciences focuses on supporting the competitiveness and developing business competence and models of tourism enterprises in rural areas. The group specialises in identifying business opportunities related to the use of natural resources and converting them into profitable and sustainable business activities, product and service offerings.


Satakuntaliitto is the Regional Council of Satakunta. Satakunta, located on the southwest coast is the oldest historical province and one of the 18 Finnish regions and includes 18 municipalities.

Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment

The Centres for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment (ELY Centres) are responsible for the regional implementation and development tasks of the central government. Finland has a total of 15 ELY Centres, which are tasked with promoting regional competitiveness, well-being and sustainable development and curbing climate change.