The Smart Tourist Destinations Network is a tool for coordination and cooperation and an instrument to bring together and represent all tourism destinations that want to be recognized as Smart Tourist Destinations, as well as other essential agents, both public and private; in short, all those whose knowledge and field of work can contribute and add value to the development of Smart Tourist Destinations.
Types of members according to the General Action Protocol of the Network
The Smart Tourist Destinations Network recognises three types of members, as set out in its General Action Protocol.
- Full members: Local government authorities, as defined in Spanish Law 7/1985, of 2 April, on the Basis of Local Governance, which have been recognized as a Smart Tourist Destination, or which have begun this process according to the methodology applied by SEGITTUR on behalf of the Spanish State Secretary for Tourism, by means of its diagnosis and action plan execution.
- Institutional members: Public Administrations and their bodies, organisations and entities not included in the abovementioned point, and associations, federations and groups of public administrations and/or entities relating to any Smart Tourist Destination which work in areas relating to the Smart Tourist Destination methodology.
- Collaborating members: Individuals or public or private entities not included in the previous categories, who due to their expertise and professional fields of action can add value to the development of the Smart Tourist Destinations.
Additionally, the Operation Regulations of the Smart Tourist Destinations management bodies (ES) include the figure of international observers, who do not have the right to speak or vote, but may participate in any working sessions and/or meetings organised by the Smart Tourist Destinations Network, provided their participation is not expressly excluded.
Members of the Network
Today, the Smart Tourist Destinations Network has 618 members, of whom 437 are full members, 87 are institutional members, 91 are collaborating companies and three are international observers.
Full members must either be accredited as a Smart Tourist Destination or be in the process of conversion according to the Smart Tourist Destination Methodology, or commit to the development of a conversion strategy in the short term.
While membership does not currently entail any financial commitment, destinations that join the Smart Tourist Destinations Network confirm, upon applying, their commitment to initiate, in the short or medium term, the process of converting to a Smart Tourism Destination according to the methodology developed by the Spanish Secretary of State for Tourism by undertaking the corresponding diagnosis and action plan works, which do come with an associated cost. Under no circumstances does simple membership request to the Smart Tourist Destinations Network confers the Smart Tourist Destination recognition; rather, it is an initial commitment to ultimately becoming a destination operating under the Smart Tourist Destination model. Only those destinations that obtain a compliance degree equal to or higher than 80% regarding the requirements set out in the Smart Tourist Destination methodology are awarded the Smart Destination accreditation, while those that have completed the diagnosis but achieved less than 80% are awarded the Smart Destination Affiliate recognition.
Membership of full members is approved by the Executive Committee.
Membership requests received from collaborating members are also approved by the Plenary Committee. For the application to be successful, the applicant must be undertaking a relevant project of interest alongside a full or institutional member in connection with the Smart Tourist Destination model. It is particularly important to highlight that membership of the Smart Tourist Destinations Network as a collaborating member does not imply any recommendation by SEGITTUR of the member company, nor any recommendation by the Smart Tourist Destinations Network itself. This is because their membership is conditional on the endorsement they receive from a full or institutional member of the network upon presenting a specific project that serves as a benchmark for other destinations.
Adherence to the Smart Tourist Destination Network as a collaborating member lasts two years, though this may be extended by renewing any collaboration with one or more full members of the Network.
Request your membership as a collaborating member by completing the following documents:
- Membership Application form for collaborating members
- Collaboration agreement template between members
- Terms of membership for collaborating members
- and agreeing to the Code of Ethics (ES).