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The Finnish Gateway

I am very impressed with the Finnish hospitality and efficiency. I have been teaching eTourism at University of Eastern Finland (Savonlinna Campus) within the framework of “Finnish University Network for Tourism Studies” ( It has been a great occasion to catch up with some interesting people and to plan possible collaborations.

Here few pictures (Monday morning in Savonlinna, FUNTS students, and the way to the ariport Wednesday morning)




And here my presentation on eTourism and New Media in Tourism Communication

eTourism & New Media in Tourism Communication from inversia

Lastly the gadget: Laplyfy your life!! 🙂
The ultimate Finnish mobile gadget: a tool to experience the amazing Lappish nature phenomenons like the Northern Lights.


Presentazione SSAT

Colpevole ritardo. Dovuto a traslochi d’ufficio vari e altre mille cose. Tenere un blog sta diventando impegnativo. E questo si vede anche dalla diminuzione esponenziale del numero di post nel mio Google Reader…ma a parte questo.

Ecco la presentazione fatta alla Scuola Superiore Alberghiera e del Tursimo di Bellinzona, all’interno dell’evento “Il cammino del Successo“. Ringrazio Mattia che mi ha coinvolto anche se come”rimpiazzo”… 🙂

Back from ENTER2012

That was a great ENTER2012 🙂
My presentations were ok..nothing special as regards the performace.
very interesting keynotes, amazing community and good social programme.

Great Awards:

1. Thesis Excellence Award: Carlos Lamsfus, University of Deusto, Spain for “Concert: A New Framework for Contextual Computing in Tourism”

Award for the most innovative and scientifically rigorous information technology and tourism-related paper published in an academic journal during the year 2011: Lepp, A., Gibson, H., & Lane, C. (2011). Image and perceived risk: A study of Uganda and its official tourism website. Tourism Management, 32: 675-684.

ENTER 2012 Best Research Paper Award: Ada Lo, Joey, Wu and Rob Law for their paper “A Study of Hospitality and Travel-Related Deals on Hong Kong Group-buying Websites”

ENTER PhD Workshop best proposal award: Malgorzata Ogonowska, University of Nice – Sophia Antipolis, France for “Re-intermediation and Pricing Strategies in Tourism: Niche Strategies Analysis”.

But above all: Congrats Dr. Carlo, awarded in the Industry Track (other prices to KLM and Think Social)

Can’t wait for ENTER2012

I am going to Helsingborg to attend ENTER2012. It is my 6th ENTER and I am very excited to be again there!!!! ENTER is more than a conference. It is a community of friends that help you to move forward, to think out of the box and to ask always why.

Here the full programme

I will engage with ENTER community presenting 2 papers:

  • New Media in Religious Communication: Supporting WYD Madrid 2011
  • Destinations Similarity Based on User Generated Pictures’ Tags

Furthermore I have been involved by Lorenzo Cantoni in a challenging Panel Session titled:

  • Emotions in the online tourists’ feedback

Where I will try to underline the importance of the Human Factor while talking about web2.0.

ENTER2012 will have:
Streaming video
Twitter Channel (hash tag): #enter2012
Facebook Channel:
Photo Contest (I am keen to win!!!!)

What else? See you there at the most exciting ENTER conference (after the one held in Lugano!!!!) 🙂

ENTER2012 – two paper accepeted

I will participate with two papers in the upcoming ENTER2012 conference in Helsingborg

The first one is titled Destinations Similarity Based on User Generated Pictures’ Tags (written together with Davide Eynard, Elena Marchiori and Leonardo Gentile) will be published on ENTER proceedings.

Here the abstract of the research:

“Pictures about tourism destinations are part of the contents shared online through social media by travellers. Additional pictures information, such as geo-tags and user description of place, can be used to create groups of similar destinations. This paper investigates the possibility of defining destination similarities based on implicit information already shared on the web. was used as a case study as it represents the most popular picture sharing website. Results show the possibility to group similar destinations based on visual components, represented by the contents of the pictures, and the related tag descriptions.”

The second one is titled: New Media in Religious Communication: Supporting WYD Madrid 2011 (written together with Lorenzo Cantoni, Silvia de Ascaniis and Miriam Stefania) will published in the e-journal eRTR (e-Review of Tourism Research).

Here the abstract of the research:

“Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and the internet have had, and are having, a major impact on tourism by deeply affecting the pre-, during and post- visit experience, as well as changing the business models. ICT and the internet are also playing an important role in mediating the religious experience (eReligion), yielding a number of experiences, studies as well as official documents within the Christian Catholic Church. This paper presents online communication activities of Word Youth Days (WYD), one of the most important religious youth events. A comparison and analysis is performed from the websites of the last three WYD editions and presents in detail a number activities done by the WYD2011 (Madrid, August 2011) to set-up and increase its online presence and visibility.”

I just would like to thank all my co-authors for the wonderful collaboration.
See you at ENTER!!!