An EU initiative to reward innovative and smart tourism in European Cities!
























EUROPEAN CAPITAL OF SMART TOURISM

SMART GETS YOU FURTHER

An initiative to reward innovative and smart tourism in European Cities!

The European Capital of Smart Tourism initiative recognises outstanding achievements by European cities as tourism destinations in four categories: sustainability, accessibility, digitalisation as well as cultural heritage and creativity. This EU initiative aims to promote smart tourism in the EU, network and strengthen destinations, and facilitate the exchange of best practices.

This year, two cities will be selected European Capitals of Smart Tourism 2020. In addition, four cities will receive European Smart Tourism Awards 2020 for their outstanding achievements in individual categories.

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EUROPEAN CAPITAL OF SMART TOURISM

SMART GETS YOU FURTHER

An initiative to reward innovative and smart tourism in European Cities!

The European Capital of Smart Tourism initiative recognises outstanding achievements by European cities as tourism destinations in four categories: sustainability, accessibility, digitalisation as well as cultural heritage and creativity. This EU initiative aims to promote smart tourism in the EU, network and strengthen destinations, and facilitate the exchange of best practices.

This year, two cities will be selected European Capitals of Smart Tourism 2020. In addition, four cities will receive European Smart Tourism Awards 2020 for their outstanding achievements in individual categories.

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BACKGROUND

The European Commission is implementing the European Capital of Smart Tourism initiative, in line with a Preparatory Action proposed by the European Parliament.

The Preparatory Action generally aims to:

  • promote the rich tourism offer of European countries and increase citizens’ sentiment of sharing local tourism-related values
  • strengthen tourism-generated innovative development in cities, their surroundings and their regions
  • increase the attractiveness of European cities that are awarded the title and strengthen economic growth and job creation
  • establish a framework for the exchange of best practices between cities participating in the contest and create opportunities for cooperation and new partnerships.

This initiative complements other EU actions and policy initiatives in the tourism field.

BACKGROUND

The European Commission is implementing the European Capital of Smart Tourism initiative, in line with a Preparatory Action proposed by the European Parliament.

The Preparatory Action generally aims to:

  • promote the rich tourism offer of European countries and increase citizens’ sentiment of sharing local tourism-related values
  • strengthen tourism-generated innovative development in cities, their surroundings and their regions
  • increase the attractiveness of European cities that are awarded the title and strengthen economic growth and job creation
  • establish a framework for the exchange of best practices between cities participating in the contest and create opportunities for cooperation and new partnerships.

This initiative complements other EU actions and policy initiatives in the tourism field.




SPOTLIGHT ON THE EUROPEAN CAPITALS OF SMART TOURISM 2019

Cities recognised with European Smart Tourism Awards 2019 for their achievements in individual categories



OUR AIMS

Our aim is to promote innovation to strengthen smart destinations in Europe, to enhance tourism offers for visitors and to facilitate new partnerships, networking and the exchange of best practice. We also aim to promote the EU’s forward-thinking tourism offer to global audiences and sustainably increase footfall at pioneering destinations that offer unique visitor experiences.

OUR AIMS

Our aim is to promote innovation to strengthen smart destinations in Europe, to enhance tourism offers for visitors and to facilitate new partnerships, networking and the exchange of best practice. We also aim to promote the EU’s forward-thinking tourism offer to global audiences and sustainably increase footfall at pioneering destinations that offer unique visitor experiences.

WHO WE ARE

This initiative is managed by the European Commission Directorate General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs and results from a preparatory action proposed by the European Parliament.

WHO WE ARE

This initiative is managed by the European Commission Directorate General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs and results from a preparatory action proposed by the European Parliament.