Observatory on Tourism in the European Islands (OTIE)


Department carrying out activities: OTIE

Observatory on Tourism in the European Islands (OTIE) has as the main purpose to draw up statistics surveys and make documents of research in order to identify the current issues of Tourism in the European Islands. On the 2nd February of 2007 in Palermo, OTIE was founded by public institutions, Universities, Research Centres and other international organizations as a non-profit organization. OTIE activities are all focused on updating the Databank on Insular Tourism, creating the Documentation Centre of the Islands, achieving studies and researches, organizing forums and seminars, and participating to the European projects of cooperation and social development. Thanks to the direct dialogue with the institutions, the companies and the centers of research on tourism, OTIE offers its support to the insular realities for to devise strategic, operative and marketing plans on tourism by taking advantage of its wide network of contacts and a steady updated benchmark on European tourism.





Giovanni Ruggieri, graduated with honors in Economics from the University of Palermo he spent a semester of study at the University of Hertfordshire in the UK. He achieved the title of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Tourism Sciences at the University of Palermo.  Adjunct Professor in Applied economics he is adjunct professor of Tourism Economics and Tourism Systems and Hospitality Management. He is the author of several articles on tourism published in international scientific journals and concerning the economic impact issues, the birth and development of tourist destinations and the growth of tourism economies in the island territories. He is member of Unesco Management Plan working Group for Sicily Unesco Foundation. President of the Observatory on Tourism for Islands Economies and chairman of the Scientific Committee made up of professors and international experts. Research topics, with particular attention to island realities, concern: the tourism economy, innovation, micro enterprises and networks.



Patrizia Calò, graduated with honours in Economic and Financial Sciences – Land and Tourism Economy, and holds a Ph.D. in Tourism Sciences: methodologies, models and policies at the University of Palermo. In 2015, she was educational tutor at the University of Palermo and from 2020 she cooperates as expert in Tourism Economics with the University of Palermo. She is Researcher at OTIE and works together with the President in scientific research. She is actively involved in EU Projects as scientific/technical staff.



Giacoma Brancato graduated in Natural Science, she has a Master’s degree in project management. She is project manager and project designer with almost twenty years’ experience gained in several European Programs, FP6 – FP7 – Horizon 2020, LIFE+, CULTURE, ICT PSP, EUROPAID, ENPI, INTERREG MED, Italie-Tunisie Programme, Italia-Malta Program etc. She has worked as consultant and director for private companies, public organisations, Universities and NGOs. She is responsible for project planning and management in OTIE.