Sustainable Mobility in Tourist Destinations: Meeting the Needs of Residents, Workers & Travelers // Contribution of the UTC in the Mediterranean Sustainable Tourism Convention 2019

During the Mediterranean Sustainable Tourism Convention 2019, some representatives of the Urban Transports Community gathered to discuss sustainable mobility in tourist destinations.

(Rome, 29 July 2019) “Tourists are more sustainable than citizens, since they would rather walk and use public transport” declared Mr. Carles Conill, Director for Sustainable Mobility at the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona, during the technical session that he was moderating, dedicated to sustainable mobility in the framework of the Mediterranean Sustainable Tourism Convention (6 June, Barcelona, Spain).

Sharing experiences on sustainable mobility in tourist destinations, more precisely on the management of the needs of tourists, workers of the hospitality sector and residents was the main aim of this session. The session featured the presence of keynote speakers :

  • Ms. Fiorentina Poulli, Project Assistant of Civitas Destinations Limassol Tourism Development and Promotion Company
  • Mr. Marjan Dumanic, Senior Advisor PI RERA S.D. Split Dalmatia County
  • Ms. Montserrat Duran Rosa, Responsible for Territorial Analysis and Touristic Product Government of Catalonia
  • Mr. Slavko Mezek, Centre Koper, MOBILITAS Project
  • Ms. Carolina Navarro, Area Manager- Port-city, Cruises and Mobility Valenciaport Foundation, SUMPORT Project

Two modular projects of the MED Urban Transports Community were actively involved in this session: SUMPORT and MOBILITAS.

The SUMPORT project tackles the issue of congestion and air pollution, aggravated by port-originated traffic, providing sustainable alternatives to individual car transportation. It aims at the improvement of sustainable mobility in Mediterranean port cities, by fostering the uptake of sustainable urban mobility plans. The session was an opportunity for Ms. Carolina Navarro to highlight the initiatives implemented within the framework of SUMPORT in the city of Valencia, such as a SUMP, a carpooling system for port workers and e-bikes installations for cruise passengers. These initiatives proved to be very efficient, as a mobile application and a website are currently being tested in order to implement these services.

Mr. Slavko Mezek, from the MOBILITAS project and Centre Koper, highlighted during this session, the priorities to shift mobility on the Slovenian coast towards more sustainable solutions. The aim of the MOBILITAS project is indeed to design solutions for traffic congestion in areas affected by intense tourism flows with great pressure on transport infrastructure and mobility, and reduce negative effects in terms of air pollution, CO2 emissions, noise, health, and loss of cities’ attractiveness. Some priorities in Slovenia were therefore developed such as the integration of land use, environmental and mobility planning, the enhancement of cooperation between different stakeholders, the development of a broad platform, the strengthening of professional capacity in public administration for mobility, as well as awareness raising and public promotion.

Overall, this technical session allowed to raise some important elements for a more sustainable mobility such as the inclusion of the main stakeholders through a participatory process, the limitation of the number of ships berthing on ports already subject to massive cruises arrivals, the diversification of transportation modes, the development of cycle paths as well as the expansion of e-bikes installations.

The Mediterranean Sustainable Tourism Convention 2019 was organised by the Barcelona Provincial Council and the BleuTourMed horizontal project of the MED Sustainable Tourism Community in partnership with CETT – UB (School of Tourism, Hospitality and Gastronomy of the University of Barcelona) and the Hotel Alimara. HostelTur and SmartTravelNews weremedia partners of the Convention.

To learn more on the Convention, you can access the dedicated website here.

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