Organisers & Partners

Conference Organisers

USI – Università della Svizzera italiana

USI – Università della Svizzera italiana is 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. USI offers a very successful and truly international MA in International Tourism.

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 DMOs and heritage organisations on optimising their strategy and communication. Elgin & Co.’s Tourism StoryLAB ® specialises in narrative communication and the development of skills in storytelling and narrative management for branding, marketing and visitor experience development.


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

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 UNITWIN network “Tourism, Culture, Development” comprises 30 top level universities and is coordinated by the UNESCO Chair at Université Paris 1 – Panthéon Sorbonne.   

Municipality of Mendrisio

The Municipality of Mendrisio, located in the southern part of Ticino, looks forward to welcoming the HTHIC2020 participants.

Organizzazione Turistica Regionale Mendrisiotto e Basso Ceresio

The Organizzazione Turistica Regionale Mendrisiotto e Basso Ceresio, better known as Mendrisiotto Turismo, is  the regional tourism authority, responsible for tourism strategy and visitor services.

Fondazione Processionni Storiche di Mendrisio

The Historical Processions Foundation oversees the Processioni della Settimana Santa Mendrisio, the Historical Processions of the Holy Week. These take place every year in Mendrisio along the streets of the historic center, on Thursday and Good Friday.

Fondazione del Monte San Giorgio

Monte San Giorgio is one of the most important fossil deposit in the world, inscripted to the UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003 for the Swiss side and in 2010 for the Italian territory.

World Heritage Experience Switzerland

World Heritage Experience Switzerland aims to strengthen the market offering of Swiss World Heritage properties and biosphere reserves. Within Europe the organisation assumes an exemplary role in the integration and marketing of UNESCO-listed sites.

Museo Vincenzo Vela

The country house the Ticinese sculptor Vincenzo Vela (1820-1891) had built to live and work in, in his native village Ligornetto, was in 1898 inaugurated as a museum.

Centre for Global Heritage and Development

The Centre for Global Heritage and Development is a collaboration of Leiden University, Delft University of Technology and Erasmus University Rotterdam. The Centre uses its interuniversity and interdisciplinary status to go beyond the traditional study of heritage, by focusing on how heritage relates to cultural, social and environmental developments and decisions.

Eurail Interrail

Eurail offers its international customers the ultimate travel experience in Europe using an expansive network of train and ferry connections. Eurail is the organisation dedicated to the sales and management of Eurail and Interrail rail passes for both non-European and European residents respectively. With just one rail pass travellers of all ages have the ability to travel in and through up to 31 different European countries.