A new DANTE study visit was held in Crete

Context of the study visit:

On 12th and 13th February 2014, a study visit was held successfully in Heraklion, Crete. The Study Visit was jointly organized by the University of Crete and the Decentralized Administration of Crete. Visiting partners were InKnowCom, Fundecyt and Development Center of the Heart of Slovenia.


During the first day, a series of presentations took place at the Heraklion Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The presentations focused on two main themes: 1. Branding Strategies, Tools and Practices for Rural and Mountain Areas and 2. Integrated customized tourism experience services in rural and mountain areas.

During the seconond day, participants visited Zacharioudakis winery (http://www.zacharioudakis.com) and Kapetaniana village (www.thalori.com), where a presentation and discussion about Open Data in Tourism took place.
Participants were engaged in interactive discussions about their activities and priorities for the integration of ICT within the tourism services in rural and mountain territories. Through this process the following issues were highlighted:
  1. The potential that ICT can offer for tourism services with high added value in rural and mountainous areas, in the direction of the diversification and the reduction of seasonality of tourism in Crete.
  2. The role of local government in undertaking coordinated action initiatives among policy makers, development agencies and businesses.

Transferability of the Good Practices:

It was generally accepted that the good practices analyzed during the study visit, can be easily modified and transferred in other regions. More specifically, the Region of Crete representative presented a regional branding toolkit which integrates products and services mainly relevant to agriculture. The practices followed by the Region could be used by any other similar area. Indeed, Slovenian partners expressed a great interest in applying this methodology, and there was an intention from both sides to keep contact in the near future in order to exchange information.
On the other hand, the other good practices presented are all state of the art mobile/web applications focused on tourism services with a high profit margin, thus are by default easily transferable.