EU Smart Tourism Podcast

The European Capital of Smart Tourism and the European Green Pioneer of Smart Tourism are two awards by the European Commission to reward and celebrate bigger and smaller European destinations for outstanding, innovative and sustainable tourism practices. In this podcast series we explore this world of smart tourism and the future of the tourism industry in Europe. What is means to be a smart and sustainable tourism leader, how you can become one and the European Capital and Green Pioneer of Smart Tourism competitions that are driving the smart tourism innovation in Europe.

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Episodes

Tuesday Mar 12, 2024

Smart gets you further - Your Guide to Success in Smart Tourism Competitions
In the eleventh episode of the EU Smart Tourism Podcast, we are celebrating the launch of the 2025 European Capital and Green Pioneer of Smart Tourism competitions and looking back at previous winners and their success stories.
Misa Labarile, Policy Officer at the European Commission, DG GROW together with representatives of previous winner cities, discuss the best practices and initiatives implemented in smart tourism categories of accessibility, sustainability, digitalisation and cultural heritage and creativity.
Speakers:
Edouard Deteyssiere: Tourism office of Bordeaux Metropol.
Julie Benisty Oviedo: Sustainable tourism manager of Bordeaux tourism and convention office.
Morten Westergaard: Climate manager, Middelfart Municipality.
Henna Siltanen: Senior advisor in Smart Tourism and Digital Development at the Tourism and Destination Management Unit at the City of Helsinki.
Jennifer Hohmann: Tourism officer, Culture department, Karlsruhe Tourism.
Host: Misa Labarile, Policy Officer of the European Commission, DG GROW
Find out more about smart tourism and the #EUTourismCapital and #EUGreenPioneer competitions at the initiative website: https://smart-tourism-capital.ec.europa.eu/  

Thursday Dec 21, 2023

Smart gets you further - The 2024 European Capital & Green Pioneer of Smart Tourism winners
In the tenth episode of the EU Smart Tourism Podcast, we are introducing and celebrating the winners of the 2024 European Capital & Green Pioneer of Smart Tourism - Dublin (Ireland) and Grosseto (Italy). We will have a look at Dublin’s transformation into a smart tourism destination and Grosseto’s sustainable and slow tourism approach.
Misa Labarile, Policy Officer at the European Commission, DG GROW together with representatives of the winner cities, discuss the importance of the award and showcase the winning cities' achievements in smart tourism.
Speakers:
Barry Rogers: Head of Dublin City Tourism Unit, Ireland
Valentina Mecacci: Tourism Office, Municipality of Grosseto, Italy
Host: Misa Labarile, Policy Officer of the European Commission, DG GROW
Find out more about smart tourism and the #EUTourismCapital & #EUGreenPioneer competitions at the initiative website: https://smart-tourism-capital.ec.europa.eu/  

Wednesday Nov 15, 2023

Smart gets you further - skills that make smart tourism destinations thrive.
In the ninth episode of the EU Smart Tourism Podcast, we are looking at the most important skills in the tourism industry today. From digital literacy to standout customer service and cultural insight - the skills landscape is constantly changing and evolving.
Misa Labarile, Policy Officer at the European Commission, DG GROW together with professors and experts of the topic, discuss the most essential skills required to stay relevant and indispensable in the tourism industry.
Speakers:
Julieta Medina: expert of smart tourism, tourism intelligence, and digitalisation.
Katarina Thorstensson: head of sustainability, Göteborg & Co, smart tourism strategist, DMO, Gothenburg, Sweden.
Prof. Aurkene Alzua: PhD in tourism, Professor at the University of Duesto and Nebrija University, Spain.
Prof. Giuseppe Aliperti: Professor at the University of Duesto, Spain.
Host: Misa Labarile, Policy Officer of the European Commission, DG GROW
Find out more about smart tourism and the #EUTourismCapital and #EUGreenPioneer competitions at the initiative website: https://smart-tourism-capital.ec.europa.eu/  
 

Thursday Sep 21, 2023

Smart gets you further – New and Emerging Technologies
In the eighth episode of the EU Smart Tourism Podcast, we are talking about new and emerging technologies and the way they are shaping the future of tourism.
Misa Labarile, Policy Officer at the European Commission, DG GROW together with experts of the topic discuss the innovative ways destinations are using technologies in smart tourism.
Speakers:
Prof. Edoardo Colombo: tourism innovation expert specialising in digital transformation, Italy.
Henna Siltanen: senior advisor in Smart Tourism and Digital Development at the Tourism and Destination Management Unit, Helsinki, Finland.
Federico Rollán: Smart Tourism Office, Seville, Spain.
Host: Misa Labarile, Policy Officer of the European Commission, DG GROW.
Find out more about smart tourism and the #EUTourismCapital and #EUGreenPioneer competitions at the initiative website: https://smart-tourism-capital.ec.europa.eu/  

Tuesday Jul 18, 2023

Smart gets you further - Co-creation and Smart Tourism Governance
In the seventh episode of the EU Smart Tourism Podcast, we are looking at the importance of effective co-creation and collaboration in smart tourism. 
Misa Labarile, Policy Officer at the European Commission, DG GROW together with cities’ representatives, professors and experts of the topic discuss why collaboration is fundamental to tourism and how to make it easier and more successful. 
Speakers:
Prof. Dimitrios Buhalis: Expert on digitalisation and smart tourism and director of e-tourism lab at Bournemouth University, United Kingdom
Prof. Joan-Carles Cambrils: Experts on tourism, Department of Economics and Social Sciences, Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain
Camille Lenoble: Marketing Director and Communication Director at Only Lyon tourism bureau, France
Host: Misa Labarile, Policy Officer of the European Commission, DG GROW
Find out more about smart tourism and the #EUTourismCapital and #EUGreenPioneer competitions at the initiative website: https://smart-tourism-capital.ec.europa.eu/  

Friday May 12, 2023

Smart gets you further – The new European Capital & Green Pioneer of Smart Tourism competitions
In the sixth episode of the EU Smart Tourism Podcast, we are turning the spotlight on the recently launched European Capital & Green Pioneer of Smart Tourism competitions and the experience of winning cities so far.
Misa Labarile, Policy Officer at the European Commission, DG GROW discusses with  current and past winners how they approached the competition and how the awards opened new opportunities for cities to better establish themselves as pionners in smart and sustainable tourism.
Speakers:
Janez Černe: Deputy mayor of the city of Kranj (Slovenia)
Nasos Hadjigeorgiou: Executive manager of the Pafos Regional Board of Tourism (Cyprus)
Joan-Carles Cambrils: Deputy of the Visit Valencia Foundation (Spain)
Host: Misa Labarile, Policy Officer of the European Commission, DG GROW
Find out more about smart tourism and the #EUTourismCapital and #EUGreenPioneer competitions at the initiative website: https://smart-tourism-capital.ec.europa.eu/  

Tuesday Mar 28, 2023

Smart gets you further – Cultural Heritage and Tourism
In the fifth episode of the EU Smart Tourism Podcast, we are looking at the creative integration of cultural heritage into the smart tourism experience.
Misa Labarile, Policy Officer at the European Commission, DG GROW discusses with past finalists of the competition as well as leading tourism policy experts the interest tourists take in exploring the cultural heritage of a place and  how smart tourism tools can become particularly useful.
Speakers:
Eleonora Lorenzini: Director at Osservatori Digital Innovation, Tourism and Arts & Cultural Heritage Observatories (Italy)
Jennifer Hohmann: Tourism Officer, Department of Culture, Karlsruhe (Germany)
Andreas Nutz: IT, Digitalisation, Data & Project Management, Linz (Austria)
Host: Misa Labarile, Policy Officer of the European Commission, DG GROW
 
Find out more about smart tourism and the #EUTourismCapital competition at the initiative website: https://smart-tourism-capital.ec.europa.eu/  

Tuesday Feb 07, 2023

Smart gets you further - Accessible and Inclusive Tourism
In this fourth episode of the EU Smart Tourism Podcast, we dive into the world of accessible smart tourism practices in Europe, the measures implemented and the people behind them taking a step further towards accessibility for all.
In this episode, Misa Labarile, Policy Officer at the European Commission, DG GROW discusses with past winners of the competition as well as leading accessibility tourism policy experts how accessibility and inclusivity can be achieved and be a driving force towards smart tourism.
Speakers:
Wouter Schvelis: Breda Market Manager, Breda (The Netherlands)
Julie Benisty-Oviedo: Sustainable Tourism Manager, Bordeaux (France)
Margaret Tokarska: Expert on Accessible Tourism (Poland)
Host: Misa Labarile, Policy Officer of the European Commission, DG GROW
 
Find out more about smart tourism and the #EUTourismCapital competition at the initiative websitehttps://smart-tourism-capital.ec.europa.eu/

Friday Oct 21, 2022

In this third episode of the EU Smart Tourism Podcast, we explore the digital space in smart tourism and begin to ask: what drives this digital move, how does it find implementation and what does this mean for the future of European tourism?
In this episode Misa Labarile, Policy Officer at the European Commission, DG GROW discusses with past winners of the competition as well as cities within the EU Smart Tourism network about how digitalisation can enhance and drive innovation in the tourism industry. 
Speakers:
Prof. Dimitrios Buhalis: expert on digitalisation and smart tourism at Bournemouth University, United Kingdom
Dejan Ristić: Project Manager at Ljubljana Tourism (Slovenia)
Jukka Punamaki: Senior Tourism Advisor, Helsinki (Finland)
Host: Misa Labarile, Policy Officer of the European Commission, DG GROW
Find out more about smart tourism and the #EUTourismCapital competition at the initiative website

Friday Jul 01, 2022

In this second episode of the EU Smart Tourism Podcast we take our next steps into the world of sustainble smart tourism practices in Europe, the innovations and the people behind them who are driving the European tourism industry towards a greener form of tourism. 
In this episode Misa Labarile, Policy Officer at the European Commission, DG GROW discusses the 2022 European Destination of Excellence #EDEN  Middelfart (Denmark) as well as other leading sustainable tourism policy experts how to become a more sustainable tourism destination and why this is not only important but also manageable.  Speakers:
Prof. Xavier Font: expert on sustainable tourism at the University of Surrey, United Kingdom
Barry Rogers: Smart Tourism Manager, Dublin (Ireland)
Morten Mejsen Westergaard: Head of Climate, Middelfart (Denmark)
Katarina Thorstensson: Head of Sustainability, Gothenburg & Co. (Sweden)
 
Host: Misa Labarile, Policy Officer of the European Commission, DG GROW
Find out more about smart tourism and the #EUTourismCapital competition at the initiative website  http://SmartTourismCapital.eu
 

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