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.

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 for strategy and visitor experience development.


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

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.

Ticino Turismo | Agenzia Turistico Ticinese

The Agenzia Turistico Ticino develops and implements (on behalf of the Canton and of the OTR regional tourist offices) the Cantonal touristic strategy. 

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.

Eurail Interrail

The Eurail Group G.I.E. aims to helped customers from all over the world to have an unforgettable journey through Europe. Their passes allow them to explore up to 31 countries by train. Heaquarters are located in the Netherlands; fulfilment centers are operating from the U.S.A., Ireland and Singapore.