Ljubljana was declared the winner of the sustainable tourism award within the first European Capital of Smart Tourism competition. A panel of independent experts and representatives of the European Commission and the European Parliament decided so on the basis of Ljubljana’s candidature, presenting our capital city’s most important measures and plans in the fields of sustainable development, accessibility, digitalization, cultural heritage and creativity.
On 26 September 2018, representatives of 10 cities on the shortlist presented their candidatures yesterday to the jury in Brussels, which announced that Helsinki and Lyon will receive the first European Capital of Smart Tourism Award 2019, while Ljubljana was declared the best in the field of sustainable tourism development.
“We are extremely proud that a group of experts recognized the efforts made by Ljubljana to develop into a modern capital city while at the same time remaining people-friendly. The award positions Ljubljana to the very top of good practices in the field of sustainable tourism development for its work done so far and its plans for the future, which will enable further economic and social development as well as preserve the natural environment and resources,” said the managing director of Ljubljana Tourism, Ms. Petra Stušek after the proclamation of this years’ award winners.
The sustainable tourism award within the European Smart Tourism Capital 2019 competition is another recognition of Ljubljana as a pioneer of sustainable and smart tourism in the European Union. With it, Ljubljana has again become an inspiration to other tourist destinations throughout Europe, while at the same time it was given a new challenge to further upgrade and improve itself, ensuring the quality of life for its citizens and visitors.