Cities are judged on the four areas of sustainability, accessibility, digitalisation and cultural heritage and creativity
The European Commission has nominated 10 cities for the title of European Capital of Smart Tourism 2019.
This new EU initiative aims to promote smart tourism in the EU, foster innovative, sustainable and inclusive tourism development, as well as spread and facilitate the exchange of best practices.
The European Capital of Smart Tourism initiative recognises outstanding achievements in four categories: sustainability, accessibility, digitalisation as well as cultural heritage and creativity, by European cities as tourism destinations.
In the first stage of the competition, an independent panel of experts evaluated applications from 38 cities from 19 EU member states.
The European cities shortlisted as finalists for the competition are as follows: Brussels (Belgium); Helsinki (Finland); Ljubljana (Slovenia); Lyon (France); Málaga (Spain); Nantes (France); Palma (Spain), Poznań (Poland); Tallinn (Estonia); and Valencia (Spain).
All finalist cities demonstrated excellence across the four competition categories combined. In the second stage, a European jury will judge the presentations of the 10 finalist cities and will select the two winners that will hold the title of the European Capital of Smart Tourism 2019.
The two winning cities will benefit from communication and branding support for a year, a promotional video, a purpose-built sculpture for their city centres, and bespoke promotional actions.
Four additional cities will receive European smart tourism awards for their outstanding achievements in the four categories of the competition.
All winning cities will be honoured at an award ceremony on European Tourism Day in Brussels on 7 November 2018.
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