Project Details

Title: Digital Agenda for New Tourism Approach in European Rural and Mountain Areas
Priority: 1: Innovation and the knowledge economy
Theme: the Information Society

Type of intervention

Type of intervention: 1: Regional Initiative Project
Mini-programme: No
Duration: 1st Jan 2012 - 31st Dec 2014
Website: http://danteproject.eu/


Total budget: €2,219,626.07
ERDF contribution: €1,725,292.62

Lead partner

Province of Turin
Via Maria Vittoria 12
10123, Torino

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    • Contact Person: Elena Di Bella
      Phone: 390118612806
      Fax: 390118614265

Project summary

The objective of DANTE is to improve the effectiveness of the regional policies in the area of Innovation, by enhancing the key enabling role that Information Society can play in the tourism economy of rural and mountain areas.

In line with the growth strategy of the Lisbon Agenda, DANTE aims to promote a new regional policy approach to design a knowledge-based plan for the tourism economy of the rural and mountain territories. The DANTE network will optimise nine innovative good practices already existing at regional level, demonstrating the benefits of Information Society for the competitiveness of the tourism sector in disadvantaged areas. Through an interregional cooperation framework, DANTE will promote a knowledge sharing process that will:

 Exchange the knowledge gained by more advanced regions in the development of regional ICT projects for rural and mountain areas through learning instruments dedicated to the consortium;

 Support eight European Regional and Local Governments and Agencies to define an effective plan able to address the challenges of the tourism economy in their rural and mountain areas, thanks to the adoption of ICT tools and methodologies;

 Demonstrate the feasibility of the transfer process, through a light pilot action in a rural or mountain area, able to support the regional and local authorities in the design of their strategies, thus ensuring the sustainability of the eight implementation plans.

 Spread the benefits achieved among the consortium to external organisations, by addressing all the relevant stakeholders in Europe, from the policy and decision makers to the tourism operators and the mountain and rural associations.

DANTE network will involve 14 partners covering a wide geographic area of INTERREG IV C: 6 partners are representing the IP-South Area (Italy, Spain and Greece), 1 is representing the IP-North Area (Germany), 4 are representing the IP-East area (Poland and Slovenia) and 3 are representing the IP-WEST area (France and Netherlands). Moreover the partnership composition reflects the willingness of matching less and more advanced partners with regard to Information Society policies: DANTE involves 5 ICT experienced partners at regional level and 7 local/regional bodies involved in the tourism strategy of rural and mountain territories; in addition 2 organisations will ensure a wide promotion of DANTE results at EU level. Through the implementation of a 30 months interregional cooperation, DANTE will contribute to the competiveness of the rural and mountain territories of Europe, better integrating ICT policies into the tourism strategies defined at regional level.

Project achievements

DANTE project aims to promote a new regional policy approach to designing knowledge-based plans for the tourism sector. The objective of DANTE is to improve the effectiveness of regional innovation policies by enhancing the role of ICT in tourism industry in rural and mountain areas. DANTE involves 13 project partners coming from 10 Regions in 8 Member States.

DANTE project started its activity with the KO meeting in Turin (Feb. 2012). The project website (www.danteproject.eu) and the Facebook and Twitter profiles were created and regularly updated with news on project and post. A brochure has been created, translated into various languages, disseminated by mail and during workshops and external events.

The Good Practices Guide is published on Dante website and disseminated by mail, as well as the 5 newsletters illustrating the activities of the project. The partnership participated to 34 external events around Europe and organised 8 dissemination events in Italy, Belgium, Greece,

Poland and Slovenia. Mid Term Conference was held in Turin (02/10/13) to discuss how to use the ICT to boost the attractiveness of rural and mountain areas. Final Conference was held in Brussels (25/06/14) to present project results and pilot web platform. 6 Workshops were organized in: Crete, first opportunity to start sharing GP using the methodology identified by partnership; Jeddingen, concerning how ICT can help the development of farm holidays in rural area and how a new business concept and peerlearning services could lead to a better connection and sharing between stakeholders; Clermont-Ferrand, focusing on the e-marketing strategy with the aim of raising awareness on the need for any tourism professional to engage into ITC; Badajoz, where several experiences on web platform and web 2.0 tools to promote tourism and enhance the natural heritage in the Extremadura Region were presented; Ljubljana, concerning key factors for innovativeness of mountain and rural destinations;

Turin, highlighting the variety of technological tools and software created for public actors and private businesses in Piedmont area.

Thematic Guidelines were defined. They identify opportunities for new policy initiatives among relevant stakeholders for the development of their local tourism and regional policies in remote areas and opportunities for innovative ICT products and services to develop tourism in mountain and rural areas. 7 Study Visits were organised in Turin, Clermont-Ferrand, Bremen, Crete, Slovenia and Turin again to analyze in depth GPs trying to transfer them in other rural regions. 8 partners worked on the drafting of the Implementation Plan (IP). IPs describe how each DANTE Region commits itself to define and mobilize the potential of ICT into tourism policies dedicated to rural and mountain areas, within the regional Digital Agenda.

Cooperation and exchange of experiences produced the transfer of 4 GPs and the start of new activities not foreseen.

The prototype for the Light Pilot was developed during the second semester of 2013. After the analysis carried out in the previous semester, partners were presented some initial prototypes and consensus was reached on the development of the platform. A first version

was showed during the Mid Term Conference in Turin and discussions were made on its possible implementation in other territories, to collect feedback to be included in the final Implementation Plans. Presentation of Light Pilot results in the Final Conference in Brussels, detailing its main functionalities. Dante Light Pilot is available for download for all DANTE partners, both as a complete replica, and divided into its single components. Features and tools that come from Light Pilot, which incorporates elements common to all the Good Practices, were introduced, integrated or adapted to local situations and incorporated in new web platforms for the development of tourism in remote areas.



Institution, Town Country Region Contact details
Province of Turin, Torino ITALY Piemonte 390118612806
EUROMONTANA, Brussels FRANCE Île de France +32 2 2804283
University of Crete, HERAKLION, CRETE GREECE Kriti 302810393307
FUNDECYT, Bajadoz SPAIN Extremadura 34924014600
CSI-Piemonte, Torino ITALY Piemonte +39 011 3169815
InKnowCom, Haren NETHERLANDS Groningen 31620182110
Bauernhofferien, Verden GERMANY Lüneburg +49 423196650
Development Center of the Heart of Slovenia, Litija SLOVENIA Zahodna Slovenija +386 1 8962 710
University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana SLOVENIA Zahodna Slovenija 00386 1 5892 750
Regional Development Agency Bielsko-Biała, Bielsko-Biala POLAND Slaskie 48338169162
PROMOFIRENZE, Firenze ITALY Toscana 390552671619


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