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The identity of cooperatives in Tourism - Mr Maurizio Davolio

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Keynote speech: The identity of cooperatives in Tourism by Mr Maurizio Davolio President of LEGACOOP TURISMO and EARTH (European Alliance for Responsible Tourism and Hospitality)

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The identity of cooperatives in Tourism - Mr Maurizio Davolio

  1. 1. 23/04/2013 Conference on Innovation in Tourism and Hospitality 16-19 April 2013 Valencia - Benidorm“The identity of cooperatives in Tourism” Mr Maurizio Davolio President of LEGACOOP TURISMO and EARTH Mr Maurizio Davolio is the author of the book “Turismo Responsabile, che cos’è, come si fa” (Responsible Tourism, what it is, how it is done”, edited by Touring Editore in 2011, and the author of many other publications and articles. He is also a member of the Board of ECPAT Italy (End Child Prostitution Pornography and Trafficking), of which he was one of the founders, of the Board of FITUS, Italian Federation of Social Tourism, and of the Board and Executive Committee of ISTO, International Social Tourism Organization, based in Brussels. Cit2013 Conference on Innovation in Tourism and Hospitality Valencia – Benidorm (Spain) The identity of cooperatives in tourism Maurizio Davolio 19th april 1
  2. 2. 23/04/2013 Gromada (Poland)Central Cooperative Union (Bulgaria) 2
  3. 3. 23/04/2013 Centrocoop (Romania)Kooperationen (Denmark) 3
  4. 4. 23/04/2013Les Karellis (France)Comarine (Cyprus) 4
  5. 5. 23/04/2013Eroski Tour (Spain) Travelcare (UK) 5
  6. 6. 23/04/2013 REKA (Swiss) Cooperative Identity- Respect of the workers rights- Cultural identity of the territory- Local cuisine from coop products- Conviviality and friendly atmosphere 6
  7. 7. 23/04/2013 Tourist cooperatives in Italy- Travel agencies and Tour Operators- Cooperatives managing resorts, hotels, camping sites and hostels- Hoteliers and bathing establishment operators organized into cooperatives- Management of cultural and archeological sites, museums and monuments- Local consortiums Cooperative values and Tourism- Democracy- Active members participation- Solidarity- Strong local roots- Gender equality- Ethical behavior 7
  8. 8. 23/04/2013 AITRResponsible Tourism Principles and Rules- Interests and expectations of the local population at the centre of the business- Respect of the local areas and the places to be visited- Respect of culture, lifestyles and customs of the local people- Encounters between the locals and tourists- Fight against poverty and illnesses of tourism (sexual exploitation of minors, environmental devastation, cementing over of land, wasting of water and energy resources, banalizing of local cultures)- Solidarity actions 8
  9. 9. 23/04/2013 AITR membership- Tour operators- Environmental organizations- Publishers- Cooperatives- Associations- NGOs EARTH aisbl- Members from France, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Austria, Ireland and Spain (KOAN)- DIESIS with spanish members (COCETA and Confesal) 9
  10. 10. 23/04/2013 Viaggi Solidali / Mygrantour- Involvement of migrant communities, guided tours led by migrants: markets, ethnic shops, cultural centers, places of worships, ethnic restaurants- Cities: Turin, Rome, Milan, Naples and other cities in Europe Equotube- Short stays in Italy adhering to the philosophy of Responsible Tourism- Involvement of WWF- Collaboration with consumer cooperatives 10
  11. 11. 23/04/2013 Libera Terra - Cooperatives managing properties confiscated from the Mafia - Accommodations and meals in the villas and farms which had belonged to the Mafia leaders - Meetings with people involved in the fight against illegality - Supporting honest work in Tourism Addio Pizzo TravelNetwork of hoteliers fighting against the Mafia and not paying the so called “pizzo” (protection money) 11
  12. 12. 23/04/2013 Tourism with fishermen- Participation in the professional fishing- Tasting on board the freshly caught fish- Stay in fishermens houses- Discovering the fascinating and mysterious world of fishermen An example of Social Cooperative: Il Ginepro (Juniper)- Social inclusion of disadvantaged people (physically and mental impaired, people coming from experiences of imprisonment, alcoholism and drug addiction)- Managing tourists activities (small hotels, hostels and restaurants) 12
  13. 13. 23/04/2013 (Brigands of Cerreto) Briganti di Cerreto: an example of community based tourism- The local population is involved, actively participates and receives the economic benefits: farmers, stock breeders, shepherds, hunters, forestry workers, artisans, even the parish priest- A huge success!! 13
  14. 14. 23/04/2013 The “scattered hotel” of Lauco- Renovated houses and apartments- Respect of the local architectural style- Cooperative management The Cinque Terre National ParkActivities:- Information- Communication- Advertising- Marketing- Training- Guide service 14
  15. 15. 23/04/2013 Unmanned railway stations - 1700 unmanned railway stations in Italy - Cooperatives managing tourism projects of social work - Reinstating a social and community role in the area ISTO(International Social Tourism Organization) Promoting access to vacation and trips for the socially disadvantaged people (low-income families, seniors, disabled and youth) 15
  16. 16. 23/04/2013 STEEP- A European platform- A role of the Spanish organization Segittur and the Murcia Region- Tourist cooperatives directly involved- Platform ready at the end of June NECSTOURNetwork for competitiveness and sustainability in Tourism- A network of regions- Legacoop and Confcoop affiliated members- Role of the Catalonia Region together with PACA and Tuscany Region 16
  17. 17. 23/04/2013 CooprouteEuropean Itinerary for Cooperative Culture - Cooperative museums, archives, collections, historical places, cooperatives open to visits - Project led by Cecop, 18 partners form 13 different counties - Cooproute to be recognized by the Council of Europe BITAC Italian Exchange for Cooperative and Association Tourism 17
  18. 18. 23/04/2013Thank you for your attention, muchas gracias! Maurizio Davolio 18