Organisers, Partners & Sponsors

Conference Organisers

USI – Università della Svizzera italiana

USI – Università della Svizzera italiana is one of the 12 certified public universities in Switzerland. It is organised in five faculties and active in several study and research areas, among which: architecture, communication sciences, computational science, data science, economics, health studies, humanities, informatics, law, medicine and biomedicine. USI is a young and lively university, a hub of opportunity open to the world where students are offered a quality interdisciplinary education in which they can be fully engaged and take centre stage, and where our researchers can count on having the space to freely pursue their initiative.

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).

Elgin & Co.

Elgin & Co. combine expertise in heritage, tourism and communication and work with public and private organisations on optimising their strategy and communication. Elgin & Co.’s Tourism StoryLAB ® is dedicated to the exchange of knowledge of narrative communication and the development of skills in storytelling and narrative management and offers public and private organisations inspiration and education.

Partners & Sponsors

UNESCO-UNITWIN Network “Culture, Tourism, and Development”

Launched in 1992, the UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs Programme, which involves over 700 institutions in 116 countries, promotes international inter-university cooperation and networking to enhance institutional capacities through knowledge sharing and collaborative work. The programme supports the establishment of UNESCO Chairs and UNITWIN Networks in key priority areas related to UNESCO’s fields of competence – i.e. in education, the natural and social sciences, culture and communication.

Municipality of Mendrisio

Organizzazione Turistica Regionale Mendrisiotto e Basso Ceresio

The regional tourism authority, better known as Mendrisiotto Turismo, responsible for tourism strategy and visitor services.

Fondazione Processionni Storiche di Mendrisio

Swiss Commission for UNESCO

Canton Ticino

Fondazione del Monte San Giorgio

Museo Vincenzo Vela