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European Capitals of Smart Tourism

Shortlisted cities

We reveal seven shortlisted cities from the European Capitals of Smart Tourism 2022 competition. 

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Seven finalists named for 2022 European Capitals of Smart Tourism

Seven European cities have been shortlisted in this year's European Capitals of Smart Tourism competition and are invited to present their city’s candidature in front of the European Jury. For this initiative the cornerstones of smart tourism are being defined by excellence of tourist destinations across the EU in the four award categories: accessibility, sustainability, digitalisation, cultural heritage and creativity. 

Meet the shortlisted cities

The second phase of the 2022 European Capital of Smart Tourism competition is underway. A shortlist has been compiled, comprising the most impressive smart tourism destinations. Each finalist city has been chosen from a pool of 30 applications from across 16 countries. The following seven cities will now compete for the 2022 European Capital of Smart Tourism title. 

Bordeaux, France

Shortlisted in the 2022 competition

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Copenhagen, Denmark

Shortlisted in the 2022 competition

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Dublin, Ireland

Shortlisted in the 2022 competition

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Florence, Italy

Shortlisted in the 2022 competition

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Ljubljana, Slovenia

Shortlisted in the 2022 competition

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Palma, Spain

Shortlisted in the 2022 competition

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Valencia, Spain

Shortlisted in the 2022 competition

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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 select two winners, the European Capitals of Smart Tourism 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 representing their destination and smart tourism practices, and many other promotional actions from the EU that are designed to raise the profile of the city and boost visitor numbers. 

Evaluation criteria

All submitted, admissible and eligible applications were evaluated against a set of established criteria by a panel of independent experts. The evaluation by the experts determined which cities are the best performers in each individual category. The finalists were chosen by a highly experienced judging panel.

The seven shortlisted cities were evaluated in four different categories: accessibility, sustainability, digitalisation, cultural heritage and creativity.  

 

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