How are the winners selected?
> Evaluation Step 1 - Completed
All submitted, admissible and eligible applications were evaluated against a set of established criteria by a panel of independent experts. The evaluation by the independent experts determines which cities are the best performers in each category. Moreover, on the basis of their evaluation, the Commission establishes a short-list of a maximum of 7 cities that are invited to present their candidatures in front of a European Jury.
> Evaluation Step 2 - Upcoming
In the second evaluation step, representatives of the finalist cities present their candidatures and the programme of activities planned for their title year in front of the European Jury. The co-chairs of the European Jury will be announced shortly.
Meet our independent experts
Executive Director of the Portuguese Federation for Traumatic Brain Injured and families (NOVAMENTE); Board member of European Disability Forum (EDF.EU) and Vice president of BIF (Brain Injured and Families European Federation)
Managing Director and Senior Accessibility Consultant and Trainer at OHAC, specialising at making buildings, workplaces and services accessible and usable for all
Independent consultant specialising in accessible tourism marketing and development, management of EU projects, policy and research in disability and ageing, socio-economics and new technologies
Head of Tourism at ULB - IGEAT. Professor -Chair: cultural tourism. Her research interests include different aspects of social tourism as well as cultural tourism with a particular focus on heritage tourism (including WHS) and urban ethnic and slum tourism
Accessible Poland Tours - Expert in travel services for disabled people. The Internet Tour Operator for Disabled People
Associate Professor, Polytechnic Institute of Setúbal, Portugal
Professor at the University of Surrey (UK)
Sustainability Advisor – Lecturer
President of AITR, Italian Association for Responsible Tourism
Executive Director at Institute for Tourism Sustainability Vienna, Austria and Research Fellow at Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development, Germany
Hartman, Ph.D., is Head of Department at the European Tourism Futures Institute (ETFI), NHL Stenden University, The Netherlands
Professor for Sustainable Tourism Management, Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences, Kleve, Germany
International Consultant - Sustainable Tourism Development
Consultant, Researcher and Lecturer
Managing Director of Kultur und Arbeit e.V. / Association Culture & Work, Bad Mergentheim - Berlin
Managing Director of Trans Europe Halles (Network of cultural centres)
Expert in cultural policies, Chairperson of the Board of CULTURELAB, Latvia
Director, Digital Innovation in Tourism and Digital Innovation in Heritage & Culture Observatories, Politecnico di Milano
Dr Plemić is a Research Associate in Archaeology and professor of Academy of Applied Studies Belgrade (The College of Tourism Belgrade)
President, FRUCT Oy, Helsinki, Finland
Professor Dimitrios Buhalis is the director of the eTourism Lab in Bournemouth University Business School and Visiting Professor, School of Hotel and Tourism Management, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Data Digitalisation Expert. OSTELEA Tourism Management, EAE Business School - Innovation Management E-Learning Professor | MBA in Tourism & Hospitality Management
Professor and Vice-Rector (Research), Varna University of Management, Bulgaria, and Director, Zangador Research Institute, Bulgaria
Thematic expert for tourism in the ICC Intelligent Cities Challenge, a European Commission initiative that provides 80 ICC core cities with
What happens next?
Seven shortlisted cities will be invited to present their city’s candidature in front of the European Jury.
The European Jury will meet in the coming weeks and select two cities to become European Capitals of Smart Tourism in 2022.
Winners of the title of European Capital of Smart Tourism 2022 will receive expert communication and branding support in promoting their destination in the media and online, a sculpture for their city centre, a promotional video on their destination and smart tourism offer, and many other promotional actions from the EU that are designed to raise the profile of the city and boost visitor numbers.
- SHORTLISTED CITIESShortlisted cities announcement on 16 September 2021
- WINNERSAnnouncement of the winners in November 2021