Ljubljana Is Recognised as the Best European City in Smart Tourism Solutions
Within the framework of the European Capital of Smart Tourism project, Ljubljana received the prestigious award as the best European city in digital solutions. A group of independent experts studied the most important developments and projects of the Slovenian capital presented in the categories of sustainable development, accessibility of services, digitalization, protection of cultural heritage, and creativity. An expert jury recognised Ljubljana as the best city in digitalization.
The current competition was attended by 35 cities from 17 EU member states. Ljubljana showed its best side, in particular, by introducing the Tap Water application for location of city pump rooms, the Wheelchair transport application, the Avant2Go electric vehicle project, the Nexto and Urbana mobile applications, as well as smart projects within the framework of BTC City.
It is worth noting that over 14,000 cultural events are held in Ljubljana annually. The emphasis is placed on the cultural, sports, culinary and tourist achievements of the city.
The European Capital of Smart Tourism project is an initiative of the European Commission aimed at increasing the prestige of Europe as a tourism destination and creating a platform for the exchange of best practices in tourism between European cities. The project defines a smart tourist city as a city that uses its territorial, social and human assets to develop the tourism sector, achieve prosperity and improve the quality of life. It offers an enriched and adapted tourism experience, carefully assessing local resources, and at the same time, respecting and engaging local communities, as well as providing access to tourism services and products using new technologies.