The number of members in the Smart Destinations Network has increased to 543, following today’s approval of the incorporation of 24 new members by the Plenary Meeting, chaired by the Secretary of State for Tourism, Fernando Valdés.
From the 543 total members, 370 are full members, 79 are institutional members, 91 are collaborating companies and three are international observers. including Tequila (Mexico), Medellín and Bogotá (Colombia).
The Plenary Meeting approved the increase in the number of members on the Executive Committee from 9 to 16, with a view to ensuring the Committee is more representative of all the Network’s members, given that the Network has increased in number from 57 members in 2019 to 543 in 2022.
The Executive Committee is made up of Avilés, Benidorm, Burgos, Chiclana, La Adrada, La Nucía, Logroño, Mérida, Palma, Santander, Talavera de la Reina, Torremolinos and Valencia; as well as the islands of Lanzarote and Tenerife and the provincial council of Pontevedra.
The Plenary Meeting of the DTI Network performed an assessment of the work undertaken during the first half of the year, during which time training imparted to full members was encouraged in the form of the second edition of the initiation course for Smart Destinations or the course on “UNE Standards as tools for the efficient management of DTIs” the aim of which is to bring the standardisation process closer and demonstrate the different ways of collaboration as part of the standardisation process for DTI managers.
In terms of communication, a new version of the website www.destinosinteligentes.es has been launched which, in addition to the information services that the previous version already included (news, solutions directory, etc.), different exclusive knowledge tools have been rolled out for members of the DTI Network (access to the best practices repository, specifications, aids and calls, etc.)
Generation of Knowledge
To generate knowledge, a variety of manuals and guides have been prepared, including the “Catalogue of technological solutions for smart destinations 2022”, the “Guide to Best Practices in Cultural Heritage for Smart Destinations” and the “Guide to the most notable actions at destinations receiving recognition as a Smart Destination”.
This work has been possible thanks to the needs detected by the DTI Network taskforces launched this year. These taskforces have been made up by public managers at a municipal or supra-municipal level, including the Provincial Councils TF, Island Councils and Councils, Rural Tourism TF, Governance TF, Camino de Santiago TF and Sports Tourism TF
The thirteen new institutions that have joined the DTI Network include INCIBE, the Goierri Tourism Agency, the Montes y Valles Orientales Rural Development Association, the Mariñas-Betanzos Rural Development Association, the Association for the Promotion of Tourism in La Axarquía, the Centre for Initiatives and Tourism in the Northeast of Tenerife, the consortium for the Promotion of Tourism in Costa del Maresme, the Ribeira Sacra Tourism consortium and the Camino Lebaniego Foundation.
This is in addition to the GDR Ulla Tambre Mandeo, Jata-Ondo, the Rural Development Association of the Uribe region, the Rioja Alavesa Wine Route and the public-private Ferrol Tourism company.
The new companies joining the Network are the agency Mola, AT movilidad, Atribus, Brain-Co, Calidad en red, España Fascinante (CLIDEA), Iberia Cards, OneUP, Seeketing, The Hotels Network and Virtual Visits.