Within the framework of the International Urban and Regional Cooperation Program (IURC Latinoamérica,), financed by the European Commission, a delegation from the Argentine city of Mar del Plata, visited the city of Genoa, Italy, from September 29 to October 3, 2022.
The Mar del Plata delegation was composed of Santiago Bonifatti (Secretary of Government of the Municipality), Lucia Bonifatti and Tatiana Fontana (Undersecretary of modernization), they were received by Alessandra Bianchi (Deputy Major for Tourism and Sport) and Matteo Campora (Deputy Major for Transport, Environment and Energy).
In the bilateral meetings they discussed common challenges related to Digitalization and Sustainable Tourism Management.
The visit was organized by Gianluca Saba, Barbara Poggio and Sabrina Bruzzone (International Affairs Office), who coordinated three days of activities: technical meetings and field visits. Particulary relevant were the meetings with professionals of the Digitalization Municipal Office, the Liguria Digitale Public Company, the Municipal Tourism Office and with professionals from the University of Genoa.
The Mar del Plata Team had the opportunity to know the Historical Center of Genoa and the neighborhood of Nervi, where the Municipality of Genoa has been working on different initiatives to develop a sustainable tourism (Tourism Friendly Initiative) and using digital tools oriented to the visitors (Digital City Pass).
In the coming months, both teams will continue to hold technical sessions and prepare the Study Visit to Mar del Plata, scheduled for March 2023.
The IURC Programme constitutes the second phase of the International Urban Cooperation Programme (IUC, 2016-2020) and aims to lead and develop a decentralized form of international urban and regional cooperation in the fields of sustainable urban development and regional innovation. The programme supports pairings between cities and regions of the European Union with their counterparts in six Latin American countries: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru. In total, the network of cities and regions of IURC Latin America is made up of 24 cities and 20 regions.
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Author: Waldo Urquiza
October 7, 2022