Project Scithos

Urban tourism generates some negative consequences: CO2 emissions and pollution, overcrowding, traffic jams, noise and "turistification" of the city, damaging habitability for both tourists and residents.

The SCITHOS project aims to implement low-carbon urban tourism solutions as well as the creation of citizen empowerment. It focuses on the creation of sustainable urban tourism (leisure and business) through TOURISM in Smart Cities. To do this, it will develop and implement smart tools and gamification techniques to make urban tourism more sustainable. It will help the different actors to create shared visions of the profile and future of their city, with the aim of reducing the carbon footprint and the use of energy, increasing habitability and social cohesion.

Smart City Hospitality aims to create solutions that benefit the city, tourists and citizens by focusing on practical solutions that can be put into practice directly.

The project is funded with € 1.2 million by the European Commission through the ERA-NET scheme (created to promote cooperation and coordination of research activities among the Member States), and will run from January 2016 to December 2018.


  • Supporting political managers in the generation of deep reflections on barriers to the development of sustainable urban tourism and the need for transition or adaptation strategies through the combination of tourism principles, simulation tools, apps and gamification techniques.
  • Support the evaluation of intervention strategies based on an interactive approach, supported by simulations and participation, which triggers social learning and behavioural change, stimulating participatory governance and intelligent citizenship.
  • Develop guides and tools as well as their experimentation, facilitating collaborative learning in a continuous process of review of this customizable approach


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