Observatories Meet for Exchange

Observatories for sustainable tourism meet for exchange, Indonesian delegation visits South Tyrol

Indonesian Delegation Visits South Tyrol

There are only seven observatories for sustainable tourism in Europe – one of them is located in South Tyrol. For comparison: The world’s largest island country, Indonesia, alone already has four. The Center for Advanced Studies had the great pleasure to welcome a delegation of the Indonesian Ministry of Tourism and representatives of the Indonesian Observatories, Toba-Lake, Pangandaran and Lombok to South Tyrol.

13 Indonesian tourism experts recently visited Bolzano to get an impression of the South Tyrolean Observatory for Sustainable Tourism. An ideal opportunity to discuss the different approaches and challenges South Tyrol and Indonesia are facing. While our researchers at Eurac Research focus on evaluating data and monitoring local tourism activities, Indonesia has waste and wastewater management at the top of its agenda.

The first day of the visit was entirely dedicated to scientific exchange. Roland Benedikter, Co-Head of the Center for Advanced Studies gave an insight into the research activities of Eurac Research, in particular the Center for Advanced Studies, while Indra Ni Tua, Assistant Deputy for Tourism Infrastructure and Ecosystem Development, discussed the development of sustainable tourism in Indonesia. Anna Scuttari, Head of STO – South Tyrol, and the researchers Andreas Dibiasi and Valeria Ferraretto gave an insight into the diversity of methods and the work with georeferenced data.

The second day the group headed to Villnöß, where Mayor Peter Pernthaler and Barbara Brugger from the Naturparkhaus Puez Geisler spoke about tourism management in the valley and presented the Alpine Pearls Project. At Oskar Messner’s Restaurant „Pitzock“, visitors were introduced not only to the Slow Food Network, but also to the typical Villnößer Brillenschaf.