The IPDT project was created in Portugal in 2003, inspired by the WHATT project (World Hospitality and Tourism Trends), launched in 1993 in the UK and introduced in Portugal in 2001 by the consulting Future Trends SA. The project grows by launching several innovative initiatives, most of which co-developed with the Future Trends, one of the founding entities of IPDT - Institute for Tourism Planning and Development.
Since 2003, IPDT has been producing knowledge in the areas of strategic planning and marketing applied to the tourism sector, establishing itself as Destination Laboratory and organization of reference in the production of information to support decision making in this sector. Since its foundation, IPDT integrates WHATT network, and in 2009 has become affiliate member of the World Tourism Organization.
More than a decade after its creation, the IPDT project gained new life with the creation of IPDT CONSULTING, an organization dedicated to the study of emerging trends that transform the global market. IPDT CONSULTING directs its activities to companies and organizations that recognize the importance of international trends knowledge and their impacts on the strategy and action of organizations.
So, from October 2015, as part of IPDT brand, will start operating IPDT - Institute of Tourism and IPDT Consulting, sharing skills and offering to institutional and corporate customers, respectively, approach, methodology and network of international contacts which was being developed by IPDT since its foundation.