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Welcome to the press section of the European Capital and Green Pioneer of Smart Tourism. Here you can access press releases, event updates and the latest news about the competitions. 

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Všeobecné publikace19. července 2023
Press announcement - Pafos: A Green and Digital Destination
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Všeobecné publikace19. července 2023
Press announcement - Smart Seville: An Unforgettable, Digital Travel Experience
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Všeobecné publikace19. července 2023
Press announcement - Kranj: Slovenia’s Green Gateway
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Všeobecné publikace5. května 2023
Press announcement - EU launches European Capital & Green Pionner of Smart Tourism 2024 competition
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Všeobecné publikace15. září 2022
Press Announcement - Shortlisted Cities 2023 European Capitals of Smart Tourism
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Všeobecné publikace27. října 2021
Press Announcement - EU announces the two European Capitals of Smart Tourism 2022
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Všeobecné publikace16. září 2021
Press Announcement - Shortlisted Cities 2022 European Capitals of Smart Tourism
Press Announcement - Shortlisted Cities 2022 European Capitals of Smart Tourism
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Všeobecné publikace12. dubna 2021
Press announcement - EU launches European Capital of Smart Tourism 2022 competition
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Deadlines 2023

May 2023: The European Commission launches European Capital and Green Pioneer of Smart Tourism competitions for 2024

On 5 May 2023, the European Commission launched the 2024 edition of the European Capital of Smart Tourism, as well as the European Green Pioneer of Smart Tourism competitions; calling for cities to submit their leading examples of smart and sustainable tourism practices in Europe. Innovation, accessibility, and sustainability are the future of tourism, and the European Commission aims to keep European tourism ahead of the curve.

ITB 2023

March 2023: Pafos and Seville at the forefront of innovative tourism in Europe

For the first time after three years, ITB Berlin, one of the world’s leading travel trade fairs, took place from 7-9 March 2023. ITB attendees had the opportunity to visit the European Capital of Smart Tourism and EDEN stand, be informed about the initiatives and get an insight into how the European Commission is supporting the EU tourism sector in turning challenges into opportunities and remaining competitive in a fast-changing global market.

Podcast

July 2022: The next episode of the EU Smart Tourism Podcast Series is out!

After taking the first steps into the world of smart tourism practices in Europe with the inaugural episode, the second episode of the EU Smart Tourism Podcast is now focusing on sustainable smart tourism practices in Europe, innovations, and people behind them who are driving the European tourism industry toward a greener form of tourism.

competition closed on 16 JUNE

June 2021: The European Capital of Smart Tourism 2022 competition deadline is closed

The application deadline for the European Capital of Smart Tourism 2022 competition is now closed. We thank all applicants for the effort they put into applying. All submitted applications, under the condition that they are admissible and eligible, will be reviewed during a pre-selection phase (Evaluation step 1) by a panel of independent experts in the tourism field. The finalist cities will receive further guidance on the live presentations in due time.

challenging year newsletter

December 2020: The 2020 European Capitals of Smart Tourism: inspiring other urban destinations on the recovery of tourism from the COVID-19 pandemic

This year the world has been facing an unprecedented global health, social and economic emergency as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Travel and tourism are among the most affected sectors, amid global travel restrictions to contain the virus. During this challenging year, the 2020 European Capitals of Smart Tourism, Gothenburg and Málaga have launched a number of smart tourism initiatives and strengthened their network by working together with other cities to make European travel destinations smarter and to support the recovery of the sector.

compendium newsletter

July 2020: News from the 2020 European Capitals of Smart Tourism Gothenburg and Málaga

Gothenburg is taking part in Sweden’s ‘Safe to visit’ information campaign, an initiative that was launched in June. Hotels, restaurants and campsites can display a sticker on windows and entrance doors showing guests that they are complying with authority guidelines for reducing the spread of COVID-19. Read more news about Gothenburg here.

malaga win newsletter

February 2020: The 2020 European Capitals of Smart Tourism kick off their year

Málaga celebrates its win as the 2020 European Capital of Smart Tourism

To kick off its year as the 2020 European Capital of Smart Tourism, Málaga celebrated with an impressive gala event full of performances at the city’s Trade Fair and Congress Centre on 28 January 2020, showcasing its achievements as a creative, accessible, sustainable and digital tourism destination. Francisco de la Torre, Málaga’s Mayor, appealed to the present members of the tourism sector, city representatives and well-known artists, to help build lasting momentum and join the city’s upcoming activities as the European Capital of Smart Tourism during the year.

Fitur newsletter

January 2020: Gothenburg and Málaga are the 2020 European Capitals of Smart Tourism

Gothenburg (Sweden) and Málaga (Spain) have been selected as the 2020 European Capitals of Smart Tourism, following a European Jury meeting in Helsinki on 8 October 2019. The two cities impressed the European Jury not only with their exemplary achievements across all four categories of the competition, but also with the programmes of activities they intend to implement during 2020, and their capacity to act as a role model for other cities.

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September 2019: 2019 European Capital of Smart Tourism Helsinki releases ‘Think Sustainably’ service for visitors and locals

In August, the 2019 European Capital of Smart Tourism Helsinki launched a local sustainability programme that enables users to find Helsinki’s most sustainable restaurants, accommodation, shops and experiences! The service also encourages its users to switch to emission-free transport options when in the city and features a route planner, displaying CO2 emissions of trips.

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December 2018: Introducing the European Smart Tourism Award Recipients

The first edition of the European Capital of Smart Tourism initiative has reached its conclusion, with Helsinki and Lyon declared the winners. Four additional cities were also recognised with 2019 European Smart Tourism Awards for their outstanding achievements in the initiative's four categories: Málaga (Accessibility), Ljubljana (Sustainability), Copenhagen (Digitalisation) and Linz (Cultural Heritage & Creativity). These cities received the highest individual category scores of all 38 applicant cities, during a pre-selection phase carried out by an independent panel of experts.

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