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News | 15 October 2021

Dublin is a finalist for European Smart Capital of Tourism 2022

Photo: Mark Stedman.

Photo: Mark Stedman.

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Dublin has been shortlisted for the European Capital of Smart Tourism 2022 competition, alongside six other cities: Bordeaux (France), Florence (Italy), Ljubljana (Slovenia), Palma (Spain), Valencia (Spain) and Venice (Italy).

Now in its third year, the European Capital of Smart Tourism initiative recognises outstanding achievements by European cities as tourism destinations in four categories: sustainability, accessibility, digitalisation, cultural heritage, and creativity.

In 2021 Dublin City Council and Fáilte Ireland, in partnership with Smart Dublin and Dublin City Council Culture Company, came together to launch a new strategic partnership: the city’s first and very own Smart Tourism Programme.

The aim of this programme is to make Dublin City a smart tourism destination and to capitalise on the opportunity to blend the city’s expertise in technology, tourism and smart city collaboration. By centralising their smart tourism efforts, Dublin has begun a series of projects and investments into key ideas and infrastructures designed to enhance the visitor experience through progressive collaboration with both internal and external partners.

We're delighted to collaborate with our partners in Dublin City Council, Fáilte Ireland and Smart Dublin on this innovative initiative and to have two projects from the Culture Company featured in the bid. (Culture Near You, our online map of culture in Dublin, is included as an example of digitalisation, alongside the museum experience at 14 Henrietta Street as an example of cultural heritage.)

The European Jury will select and announce two winners in November 2021.

The Smart Tourism initiative is a Dublin City Council and Failte Ireland programme, made in partnership with Smart Dublin and Dublin City Council Culture Company.

Find out more about the European Capital of Smart Tourism initiative here.