Benidorm, a tourism hotspot on the semi-arid Costa Blanca in Spain

Project

Simulating Tourism Water Consumption with Stakeholders (SIMTWIST)

In the Mediterranean region, tourism is an important but under-researched consumer of water.

The SIMTWIST project aims to 1) estimate tourism’s share in current and future macro-level water scarcity in the Mediterranean, and 2) study and simulate water-related behaviour of tourism stakeholders at the micro-level. The project’s ultimate objective is to inform tourism decision-makers about the effectiveness of a variety of potential measures to reduce tourism’s water consumption.

The three-year SIMTWIST project is funded by the European JPI Water programme and has three partners (the Universities of Wageningen, Alicante and Bologna) and two case study areas (Benidorm and Rimini).

The project’s kick-off is 24-26 June 2019 in Wageningen. Ideas for thesis projects in the context of SIMTWIST are always welcome.