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Independent experts in the field of tourism with specialist knowledge in each award category have evaluated admissible applications against a set of assessment criteria. The top 10 shortlisted finalists were notified in mid-August 2018. They were invited to present their candidature for the European Capital of Smart Tourism to a European Jury in Brussels on 24th of September 2018. In front of the European Jury the finalists presented a short outline of the programme of activities they intend to implement during the year in which they will hold the title of Capital of Smart Tourism.

Evaluation step two


The jury, comprising representatives from the EU institutions: 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) met in Brussels on 24 September 2018, to select two cities to hold the 2019 European Capital of Smart Tourism title.

Co-chair on behalf of the European Commission:


Director for Innovation and Advanced Manufacturing, Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, European Commission

Co-chairs on behalf of the European Parliament:


Vice-Chair of the Committee on Transport and Tourism, Member of the European Parliament


Member of the Committee on Transport and Tourism, Vice-President of the French delegation to the EPP Group, Member of the European Parliament

European Commission:


Head of Tourism, Emerging and Creative Industries, Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, European Commission

European Committee of the Regions:


Member of the European Committee of the Regions, Chair of the Commission for Natural Resources (NAT)

EU Member States, representatives of Bulgarian and Austrian Presidencies (2018) of the EU Council:


State Expert in Strategic Planning and Product Development at the Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of Bulgaria

Angelika LIEDLER

Director for International Tourism Affairs at the Federal Ministry of Sustainability and Tourism, Austria

Evaluation step one


A group of 18 independent experts from different European countries, with specialist knowledge covering each award category ((1) accessibility, (2) sustainability, (3) digitization, (4) cultural heritage & creativity)), evaluated all applications submitted by 38 cities from 19 EU Member States. Based on these evaluations, a shortlist of 10 finalist cities was established out of the cities that passed the threshold of 50% of the maximum possible score in each award category. In addition, cities with the highest scores in individual categories were recognised with European Smart Tourism Awards in accessibility, sustainability, digitalisation, cultural heritage and creativity.

Managing Director European Network for Accessible Tourism (ENAT) a.s.b.l.
Ivor Ambrose
Researcher at HoNEST and lecturer of Marketing at Universidad Pública de Navarra
Elena M. Aramendia-Muneta
Board Member at European Network of Cultural Centres
Ilona Asare
President at FRUCT Oy and adjunct Professor and Tampere University of Technology
Sergey Balandin
Professor at University of Torino, Department of Management, Commodity Science Area
Riccardo Beltramo
Vice-president of the Brain Injury Federation in Europe(BIF) and Executive Director of the National Federation for Traumatic Brain Injured (TBI)
Vera Bonvalot
Professor at Universidade Aberta and CEFAGE - Universidade de Évora
Luísa Carvalho
Founder and Director of Creative Tourism Network®
Caroline Couret
Project Officer at NECSTouR, the Network of European Regions for Sustainable and Competitive Tourism
Alejandra Faura (Sandra) DePuig
Managing Director of Association Culture & Work
Karin Drda-Kühn
Chairman of the Tourism Consultants Network
Edward Humphrey Roger Goodacre
Tourism consultant and start-up coach
Dr. Axel Jockwer
President, Culture Action Europe
Robert Manchin
Project Officer at European Travel Commission
Iulia Niculica
Managing Director PRISMA Centre for Development Studies
Fouli (Theonymfi) Papageorgiou
Professor of Computer Engineering at University of Messina, Co-founder of #SmartMe
Antonio Puliafito
Head of Research at NIT - Institut for Tourismus in Northern Europe
Dirk Schmücker
Chair of the Disabled Peoples' International European Region
Jean-Luc Simon