5th Meeting of Smart Destination Network Managers sees 175 managers from one hundred destinations descend on Gijón

The 5th Meeting of Smart Destination Network Managers sees 175 managers from one hundred destinations descend on Gijón from today until 11 May.

The aim of this meeting is to bring together managers of destinations that form part of the DTI Network to generate synergies, transfer knowledge and exchange experiences and concerns to share details of the work carried out in their regions.

The one hundred destinations participating at the meeting include Badajoz, Valencia, Burgos, Lanzarote, Mallorca, Santander, San Sebastián, Salou, León and Castropol.

Over the course of these three days, the destinations will receive information about the Smart Destination Platform, new data sources, different knowledge products developed in the context of the DTI Network, the new Regulations and protocol of the DTI Network, diagnosis processes, monitoring and management systems.

Furthermore, other topics such as innovative public procurement and the importance of tourism certification will be addressed, while various work dynamics connected to the smart tourist destination model will be performed.

The Smart Destinations network brings together and represent all tourism destinations that have initiated the process of earning the SD badge, as well as other essential agents, from the various strata of public bodies involved through to the private and academic sectors; in short, all those whose knowledge and field of work can add value to the development of SDs.

The Network of Smart Destinations is currently made up of 618 members, of which 437 are destinations, 87 are institutional members and 91 are collaborating companies and 3 are international observers. The DTI Network brings together 42 of Spain’s 52 provincial capitals, 15 World Heritage Cities, the 8 municipalities that form part of the Spanish Alliance of Sun and Beach Tourism Municipalities and the 13 municipalities that form part of the Association of the Canary Islands Tourism Municipalities.

The services offered by the Network to destinations include assistance with the implementation of the DTI model, newsletters, a catalogue of technology service and solution providers, webinars, taskforces, databases of aid, grants and financing, advice on EU calls, training programme and repository of studies and publications.

The Smart Destinations project, led by the State Secretariat for Tourism, through SEGITTUR, aims to improve the management of destinations, by promoting the digital transformation, promoting the sustainable development of tourism and ensuring the satisfaction of tourists and improving the living conditions of the population.

SEGITTUR performs the Technical Secretariat functions of the DTI Network and the management of the Smart Destination project. This works towards a tourism development model based on the concepts of governance, innovation, technology, sustainability and accessibility, in order to guarantee both the present and future of tourism.