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European Capital and Green Pioneer of Smart Tourism

Apply - EU Capital of Smart Tourism

The European Commission rewards European cities for outstanding, innovative and sustainable tourism practices. It is supported by the Single Market programme and results from a preparatory action proposed by the European Parliament.

How to apply in three easy steps

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Create an account and provide contact details 

Submit your application & supporting documents Tell us how you learned about the award

Create an account with your name and email and log in with the password. Now, provide all necessary contact details.

If you already have an account, click "login" at the top of the page.


Provide a description of your city as a tourist destination in general and under each category. We also ask you to upload a signed endorsement from the city’s mayor. 

Please indicate where you first heard about the European Capital of Smart Tourism initiative. 
Apply here

Click on the link below to start your city's application to become the next European Capital of Smart Tourism.

Competition timeline


    Competition launch

    6 March 2024

    Application submission date

    31 May 2024, 17:00 CET

    Evaluation period

    June - August 2024

    Announcement of Shortlisted Cities

    September 2024

    European Jury Meeting & Announcement of the winner

    November 2024


The competition is open to cities in EU Member States and Single Market Programme countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iceland, Kosovo, Liechtenstein, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Norway, Serbia, Türkiye and Ukraine), with populations of over 100,000 inhabitants. In countries where no city has more than 100,000 inhabitants, the largest city is eligible to apply. For smaller states with total population below 1 million, cities with 10,000 inhabitants are eligible to apply. Population size should be checked against the EUROSTAT


Download the Guide for Applicants

ECOSTA Guide for Applicants
General publications29 February 2024
European Capital of Smart Tourism Guide for Applicants