- We had a workshop on Big Data Analytics for Tourism and its Standardization from 15:00 to 18:00 on 27th June 2018 in the Smart Data Forum showroom in Berlin, Germany. The workshop was hosted by the Smart Data Forum founded by German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy. We have received 14 participants. The workshop was also a part of the activity of UNWTO Affiliate Member Working Group on Technology and Tourism. Dr. Regine Gernert from DLR Project Management Agency kindly moderated the workshop. Mr. Volker Genetzky mentioned his warm welcome messages to all the participants and Dr. Aki-Hiro Sato expressed his sincere gratitude to them for their kind participation with memories and outcomes found in Kyoto Tourism Data Walk held in Kyoto University Clock Tower from 11 to 13 March 2018. Mr. Volker Genetzky explained Digital Agenda – Digital Technologies. Ms. Antje Nestler explained the activities of the Smart Data Forum and outcomes of the Smart Data projects funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy. Dr. Aki-Hiro Sato from Kyoto University / Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) and Dr. Markus Clermont from Google participated in the workshop and delivered their research on Big Data Analytics for Tourism and its Standardization. Mr. Kazutoshi Maki from GENEX Partners presented his company’s activity. We exchanged ideas on Big Data (Smart Data) for tourism industries and results on Big Data applications for tourism industries.
- 6th UNWTO International Conference on Tourism Statistics: Measuring Sustainable Tourism was held in Manila, Philippines from 21 to 23 June 2017. Nearly 1,000 experts from over 80 countries convened for three days (21-23 June) in Manila. An expanded statistical framework to measure sustainable tourism in its economic, social and environmental dimensions has been discussed. The outcome ‘Call for Action on Measuring Sustainable Tourism’ was adopted. Dr. Aki-Hiro SATO presented his research project on the world grid square statistics in Session 5. Producing Data on Sustainable Tourism.
- EU-Japan Workshop on Big Data for Sustainability and Tourism was held at the University of Hamburg in Germany on 8 March 2017. This event was organized by Kyoto University and Kiel University for Applied Sciences and supported by the University of Hamburg and UNWTO. There were 25 participants from Kyoto University, Keil University for Applied Sciences, German Aerospace Center (DLR), Politecnico di Torino, Hostel International (HI), travelbasys GmbH, University of Hamburg, geomer GmbH, the Group of Municipal Drainage Operations Cologne, and German-Japan Association. We exchanged our knowledge about Big Data for sustainable tourism for development and discussed future work on several issues of sustainability and tourism. This event was officially recorded as one of events to promote 2017 international year for sustainable tourism for development.