2019 EUROPEAN CAPITALS OF SMART TOURISM

2019 EUROPEAN CAPITALS OF SMART TOURISM

Helsinki

2019 European Capital of Smart Tourism

Boasting 460 years of history, Helsinki is also a modern city with a burgeoning smart tourism industry. In 2017, visitors to Finland’s capital reached record numbers, with in excess of 4.5 million people taking advantage of a destination that mixes high-tech and sustainable design with stunning arts and culture all in one compact and vibrant city.

Helsinki’s Preliminary Programme of Activities as 2019 European Capital of Smart Tourism

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Helsinki

2019 European Capital of Smart Tourism

Boasting 460 years of history, Helsinki is also a modern city with a burgeoning smart tourism industry. In 2017, visitors to Finland’s capital reached record numbers, with in excess of 4.5 million people taking advantage of a destination that mixes high-tech and sustainable design with stunning arts and culture all in one compact and vibrant city.

Helsinki’s Preliminary Programme of Activities as 2019 European Capital of Smart Tourism

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Lyon

2019 European Capital of Smart Tourism

Through sustainable, cutting-edge development, Lyon has become an essential European tourist destination in barely two decades. Boasting 2,000 years of history, for which it is recognised by UNESCO, the city is long established as France’s capital of gastronomy, and lays claim to being the continent’s cradle of silk and cinema. The annual Festival of Lights, which attracts around three million visitors over four days, is another major reason why tourism has boomed, becoming a €1 billion-a-year industry.

Lyon’s Preliminary Programme of Activities as 2019 European Capital of Smart Tourism

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Lyon

2019 European Capital of Smart Tourism

Through sustainable, cutting-edge development, Lyon has become an essential European tourist destination in barely two decades. Boasting 2,000 years of history, for which it is recognised by UNESCO, the city is long established as France’s capital of gastronomy, and lays claim to being the continent’s cradle of silk and cinema. The annual Festival of Lights, which attracts around three million visitors over four days, is another major reason why tourism has boomed, becoming a €1 billion-a-year industry.

Lyon’s Preliminary Programme of Activities as 2019 European Capital of Smart Tourism

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2019 European Smart Tourism Awards in four categories

Four cities were also recognised with 2019 European Smart Tourism Awards for their outstanding achievements in the initiative's four categories. These cities received the highest individual category scores of all 38 applicant cities, during a pre-selection phase carried out by an independent panel of experts.



Shortlisted Cities

The following cities were also among the shortlisted finalists competing for the European Capital of Smart Tourism 2019 title. They were invited to present their candidatures in front of the European Jury on 24 September 2018.