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Best of Video – The First European Capital of Smart Tourism Award Ceremony

Check out the latest European Capital of Smart Tourism video to see highlights of the event and find out from the winning cities, as well as representatives of the European Parliament and Commission why this initiative is playing such an important role in preparing destinations to face a smart future in tourism.

EU awards Helsinki and Lyon titles of  2019 European Capitals of Smart Tourism 

The winners of the first edition of the European Capital of Smart Tourism competition were awarded on 7 November at a ceremony in Brussels, on the occasion of the European Tourism Day, the largest annual meeting on European tourism.

Pia Pakarinen, Helsinki’s Deputy Mayor, Alain Galliano, Vice-President of Lyon Métropole and Jean-Michel Daclin, President of ONLYLYON Tourism and Congress, received European Capitals of Smart Tourism 2019 trophies on behalf of their cities and were delighted that long-term efforts in creating smart environments for tourists in their cities have been recognised at EU-level.

Additionally, four further cities were  recognised with European Smart Tourism Awards in Sustainability (Ljubljana), Accessibility (Málaga), Digitalisation (Copenhagen), Cultural Heritage and Creativity (Linz).

 

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Press announcement

 

Watch the videos:

Helsinki – European Capital of Smart Tourism 2019

Lyon – European Capital of Smart Tourism 2019

 

See Photos from the Award Ceremony:

Award Ceremony and Exhibition during European Tourism Day

 

HELSINKI AND LYON ANNOUNCED AS 2019 EUROPEAN CAPITALS OF SMART TOURISM

We are pleased to announce that 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), at a meeting in Brussels, on 24 September.

In addition, four other cities have been recognised with European Smart Tourism Awards for their outstanding achievements in the four categories of the competition. These four cities received the highest scores in individual categories among all 38 applicant cities during the preselection phase done by the independent experts.

2019 European Smart Tourism Award in Accessibility goes to:

Málaga (Spain)

2019 European Smart Tourism Award in Sustainability goes to:

Ljubljana (Slovenia)

2019 European Smart Tourism Award in Digitalisation goes to:

Copenhagen (Denmark)

2019 European Smart Tourism Award in Cultural heritage and creativity goes to:

Linz (Austria)

All of the winning cities will be awarded at the European Tourism Day on 7 November 2018 – a major EU tourism event – and featured at the exhibition where several hundred participants from all over Europe will have the opportunity to discover best practices in the field of smart tourism.

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Press announcement

Helsinki smart tourism city profile

Lyon smart tourism city profile

VIDEO INTERVIEWS: HELSINKI AND LYON DELIGHTED TO BE SELECTED AS 2019 EUROPEAN CAPITALS OF SMART TOURISM

“Helsinki strongly believes in collaboration and I think the European Capital of Smart Tourism is exactly the kind of network that we need in Europe – and globally in fact. We all face the same problems and we can all find solutions for the future together”, said Laura Aalto, one of Helsinki’s two representatives at the Jury meeting in Brussels.

To view the interview in full, please click on the following link.

Her counterpart from the Lyon delegation, Blandine Thenet  was equally pleased; “We are so happy and honoured to be the first holders of the title of European Capital of Smart Tourism; for Lyon it’s a great privilege.”

To view the interview in full, please click on the following link.