IT.A.CÀ is a festival in Italy dedicated to sustainable and responsible tourism that creates reciprocal and respectful relationships between visitors and locals. In 2009, the YODA Association, COSPE onlus and NEXUS Emilia Romagna held the first edition of the IT.A.CÀ Festival in Bologna.
The festival describes itself as “open code” which means that anyone can apply to organize and host the festival in their own city. As a result, the celebration has spread all over Italy and today, over 700 local, national and international companies and organisations are involved across the country. The festival operates with four thematic areas: enhancement of local communities, accessibility, inclusion and overtourism. Among other activities, IT.A.CÀ holds hospitality, accessibility and event coordination workshops and various competitions such as schools competing to create accessible tourism solutions and photo/movie contests.
IT.A.CÀ promotes small cities and local communities while encouraging respectful tourism (11.4, 11.6, 11.a)
IT.A.CÀ is an open and inclusive network of local, national and international actors that works to achieve responsible tourism across Italy (17.16, 17.17)
IT.A.CÀ celebrates and facilitates sustainable tourism that benefits and promotes local communities and destinations (12.8, 12.b)
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