Goals and objectives: MITOS project is utilizing GIS technologies for the promotion of Cyprus tourism and the enhancement of its competitiveness.
Implementation: MITOS, which is developed in cooperation with the Cyprus Tourism Organization, is a full-scale GIS navigation system for Cyprus that also includes all places of tourism interest (wine routes, gastronomic routes, religious routes, hotels, walking paths, bird watching, agro tourism etc.). The free application is available in Android, IOs, Windows.
The geo-collaborative portal as a trip planning tool has also greatly assisted in the geographical/space and time/tourist season information on destinations as well as assisted in the cataloging of tourism resources and their current situation (e.g. tourists` complaints or suggestions for improvement).
In this vein, the project will measure and provide evidence of the impact of e-commerce for supporting sustainable tourism development management strategies. Ultimately, the application has offered numerous tools to identify, search, share and evaluate all required trip-related information in relation to local food and products.
Overall, the applications has offered a more sophisticated and precise way for tourists (individually and/or in groups) to enhance their holiday experience while at the same time has offered local communities a state of the art approach to promote their food and locally produced products and disseminate them directly to tourists.
Achievements: The initiative had positive effects on the organization and administration of alternative/special forms of tourism in Cyprus in terms of more visibility, information and an enhanced dialogue between travelers, hosts and local authorities, the competitiveness of small tourism companies, the degree of innovation they exhibit and the quality of their tourism product. As a result of the use of modern technologies, new distributions channels and electronic trade, and promoting a more sustainable tourism development, emphasizing issues affecting the host destination, the quality of the local environment and the overall tourism product.
Replication: The solution is ready for replication in the countries addressing preservation and marketing of local culture and traditions through development of tourism.
Partner: Cyprus University of Technology; Cyprus Tourism Organization
Partner: Cyprus University of Technology
Cyprus Tourism Organization