Episode#14 INCIRCLE: a Circular Tourism Project to "Make All Voices Heard"

GuestsKaterina Nikolopoulou, CIVINET Greece-Cyprus Network Manager

 

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Summaries of Key Takeaways:

  • Sustainable Tourism Initiatives: The episode delves into various projects and strategies aimed at fostering tourism that is environmentally sustainable and beneficial to local communities.
  • Circular Economy Principles: It highlights how tourism can incorporate circular economy concepts to minimize waste and promote the reuse and recycling of resources.
  • Stakeholder Collaboration: The discussion underscores the necessity of cooperative efforts among governments, businesses, and local communities to achieve sustainable tourism objectives.
  • Technology and Innovation: The role of new technologies in enhancing sustainable practices within the tourism industry is emphasized, from reducing carbon footprints to improving visitor experiences.
  • Community Engagement: The importance of involving local populations in tourism development plans to ensure that tourism supports rather than exploits local resources and cultures.
  • Policy and Regulation: The podcast points out how effective policy frameworks and regulations are critical in guiding tourism towards more sustainable paths.

 

“To you, what is a Smart City?”:

Katerina Nikolopoulou: "Okay. Uh, I think smart city, for me, it's not a city that, um, it's, uh, um, how to say it. Um, that depends only on, um, on technology. A smart city for me is a city that can, uh, provide solutions, um, that they, that sometimes they might not have to do anything with technology or, uh, something super duper innovative, but, uh, to, to provide with solutions that works for the place that you are at. Mm-hmm. <affirmative>, because that, that, that's the most, uh, important thing. If it works and it works well, <laugh>, then that's all you mean. You don't always have to, to read for the most, um, let's say difficult, uh, uh, solution, or the most complicated one, or even, uh, solution that it's, uh, entirely, uh, something, uh, technological sometimes or maybe, uh, something very simple is, is the best way to go. So I, I think that for me, this is a smart city."