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Porto in the run for European Capital of Intelligent Tourism 2023

Porto in the run for European Capital of Intelligent Tourism 2023
Porto. · 22 Sep 2022
Porto is among the seven cities pre-selected by the European Commission for the European Smart Tourism Capital 2023 award. Together with Invicta, the following cities are selected, among 29 applications from 13 countries: Aarhus (Denmark), Gijón (Spain), Pafos (Cyprus), San Sebastian (Spain), Seville (Spain) and Zagreb (Croatia).

The competition is a European Union initiative, funded under the Cosme Programme, which aims to promote smart tourism in the EU by rewarding cities for their pioneering approaches in terms of accessibility, digitalisation, sustainability, cultural heritage and creativity. Building on the successful experience of a preparatory action proposed by the European Parliament, the initiative aims to promote innovative, sustainable and inclusive tourism development and to disseminate and facilitate the exchange of good practices.

Cities in the European Union with a population of over 100,000 can apply for the award. The entries were assessed by a rigorous panel of independent experts. The applicants with the highest overall score in all categories progressed to the next stage. The shortlisted cities will now be invited to submit their applications before a European jury, which will ultimately select the European Smart Tourism Capitals 2023.

Since 2018, the competition has provided a platform to showcase success stories and outstanding practices. The winners of the previous editions, Helsinki and Lyon (2019), Malaga and Gothenburg (2020), Valencia and Bordeaux (2022), are role models for smart tourism in Europe and are internationally ranked in the top spots for sustainability, innovation, quality of life and integration of smart practices.

You can find a short profile of each competing city here.