During a pre-selection phase, all submitted and admissible applications will be reviewed against the assessment criteria linked to a clear points-system by a panel of independent experts in the field of tourism (Please see “5. The Evaluation process” in the Guide for Applicants, p.9). Each of the experts has an in-depth knowledge in at least one of the categories of accessibility, sustainability, digitalisation as well as cultural heritage and creativity. A maximum of 10 cities with the highest total score will be shortlisted as finalists.
The shortlisted cities will be invited to present their candidatures and the programme they intend to implement during the year they will hold the title as the potential European Capital of Smart Tourism 2019, in front of the European Jury in Brussels, who will take the final decision on the winners. (See “5. The evaluation process” in the Guide for Applicants p. 9-10.)