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Helsinki and Lyon European Capitals of Smart Tourism

Helsinki and Lyon have been selected as the winners of the first edition of the EU’s European Capital of Smart Tourism competition, following a jury meeting in Brussels on September 24.

The official award ceremony will take place at the European Tourism Day conference, organised by the European Commission on November 07 in Brussels.

The European Capital of Smart Tourism is an EU initiative based on a proposal from the European Parliament, which secured its funding for 2018 - 2019 through a preparatory action. The initiative focuses on strengthening tourism generated innovative development in EU cities and their surroundings.

38 Cities from 19 EU member states had applied to compete for the title but both Helsinki and Lyon stood out for their innovative tourism measures in all four categories of the competition, the exciting programme of activities they have put together to celebrate their achievements and their suitability to act as role models for other burgeoning smart tourism destinations during 2019.