The Smart Tourist Destinations Network is a tool for implementing the Smart Destinations model and an initiative of the Spanish Secretary of State for Tourism to foster the exchange of experiences and knowledge that ultimately contributes to the smart development of tourist destinations.
Transformation towards a smart management model
This experience has been one of the main commitments of the Spanish Secretary of State for Tourism in recent years, thanks to which Spain is now cementing its status as a leader in the implementation of a methodology for the transformation of destinations towards a new tourism management model rooted in governance, sustainability, accessibility, innovation and technology.
The Smart Tourist Destinations Network is a meeting point and support tool for destinations in their transformation process towards a smart, digital management model and more sustainable tourism development. It is a key action in generating added value for destinations and for monitoring projects following a diagnosis, to promote cohesion, the exchange of good practices and to take advantage of synergies between destinations.
Spain is a leader in the design and implementation of public policies to benefit tourism
The creation of the Smart Tourist Destinations Network in February 2019 provided a strategic boost that is now serving as a catalyst to consolidate the Smart Tourist Destination programme and as a key instrument to ensure Spain‘s leadership in the design and implementation of public tourism policies at local level.
The Spanish Secretary of State for Tourism is leading the coordination and management of this initiative, which pursues the following objectives:
- Encouraging Spanish tourist destinations to become smart destinations and join the Network.
- Fostering public-private partnerships in the development of products, services and actions in smart destinations.
- Contributing to ensure Spain’s leadership in smart tourism through the actions of the Network.
- Guaranteeing the quality and evolution of the Smart Tourism Destination programme.
To learn more about the management and functioning of the Smart Tourism Destinations Network, please read the General Action Protocol (ES) and the Operation Regulations of the Smart Tourist Destinations management bodies (ES).
Smart Tourist Destination
Membership of the Smart Tourist Destinations Network does not automatically convey Smart Tourist Destination accreditation; rather, it is a commitment by the member destination to initiate the process of becoming a Smart Tourist Destination under the Smart Tourist Destination methodology defined by the Secretary of State for Tourism. Click on the following link to learn more about the destinations that have embarked on this diagnostic process.
Only those destinations that obtain a score of 80% or more in meeting the requirements set out in the Smart Tourist Destination methodology are worthy of the Smart Tourism Destination accreditation. Destinations that fall short of 80% achieve Affiliate Smart Tourist Destination recognition, which entitles them as destinations committed to the process of continuous improvement. More than 300 destinations have already formalised their membership of the Smart Tourist Destinations Network. Starting the process of joining the Smart Tourist Destinations Network is easy. If you have any questions, please contact the Smart Tourist Destinations Network Secretariat.