A group of independent experts with specialist knowledge covering each award category (1) accessibility, (2) sustainability, (3) digitalisation, (4) cultural heritage & creativity) evaluated all applications submitted by 38 cities from 19 EU Member States.
Following this, at a meeting in Brussels on 24 September, Helsinki (Finland) and Lyon (France) were selected as the 2019 European Capitals of Smart Tourism by a seven-member European Jury, comprising representatives from the European Commission, European Parliament, European Committee of Regions and the EU Member States: Bulgaria and Austria (holders of the Presidency of the Council of the European Union during 2018).
In addition, four other cities were recognised with European Smart Tourism Awards for their outstanding achievements in the four categories of the competition. These were:
Málaga (Spain) – Accessibility
Ljubljana (Slovenia) – Sustainability
Copenhagen (Denmark) – Digitalisation
Linz (Austria) – Cultural Heritage & Creativity