Observatory on Tourism for Islands Economy
On the 2nd February of 2007, the OTIE was successfully founded in Palermo, where the Head Office is located.
It’s a non-profit association, constituted by public institutions, Universities, Research Centres and other international organizations of 7 UE insular countries (Italy, Spain, France, Portugal, Greece, Malta e Cyprus).
Thanks to the direct dialogue with the institutions, companies and research centers on tourism OTIE offers to the insular realities a support to devise strategic, operative and marketing plans on tourism because it has a wide network of contacts and a steady updated benchmark on European tourism.
Giovanni Ruggieri is the President of OTIE from 2007.
He is Professor of Tourism economy at Palermo University (Italy) and he is a PhD in Tourism marketing.
He was the consultant of the President of ASCAME (Association Chambre de Commerce du Méditerranée).
He coordinated experiences and project activities at European level.
From March 2012, he is also the President of OTIE Scientific Committee and member of Palermo Tourism autorithy.
OTIE Scientific Committee pursues the Observatory’s research goals:
→ Carrying out new researches and studies about European Islands and sharing the goals, results and policy with the main governments and local administrations;
→ Maintaining the Database of Island Bank about Tourism of Islands constantly updated;
→ Attending European forums and seminars.
Scientific Committee’s main goal consists in promoting International cooperation for research on Tourism of European islands in order to provide operating support for strategic planning.
The Documentation Center, launched in July 2009, aims to catalogue and keep the book and documentary heritage, basic for disciplines about tourism.
It is at disposal of the institutions, organizations, bank foundations and universities, as well as researchers and tourism experts. It collects 2.000 scientific papers, 700 books, 300 magazines and review and more than 300 e-books.
The Documentation Center is currently being updated.
OTIE International secretariat is based in Sicily (Palermo), the biggest island of Europe.
It provides the information about OTIE activities and events. It supports the activities of the Scientific Committee and helps the European institutions who search partners for projects.
It also facilitates the communication among the OTIE members.