European Union announces finalists in new competition to acknowledge outstanding achievements of European cities in smart tourism.
Brussels (Belgium), Helsinki (Finland), Ljubljana (Slovenia), Lyon (France), Málaga (Spain), Nantes (France), Palma (Spain), Poznań (Poland), Tallinn (Estonia), and Valencia (Spain) have been shortlisted as finalists in the competition for The European Capital of Smart Tourism 2019 title.
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.
There will be two winners
An independent panel of experts evaluated applications from 38 cities from 19 EU member states for the first phase. All finalist cities demonstrated excellence across four competition categories combined, EU said. In the second stage, a European Jury will judge the presentations of the ten finalist cities and will select 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 centers, and bespoke promotional actions.
Four additional cities will receive European Smart Tourism Awards for their outstanding achievements in the four categories of the competition (sustainability, accessibility, digitalization and cultural heritage and creativity). All winning cities will be honoured at an Award Ceremony on the occasion of European Tourism Day in Brussels on 7 November 2018.