Smart Travel 2020: hybrid and the same quality

SMART TRAVEL was the first event dedicated to Smart Cities and Smart Tourism worldwide involving, in its first edition, in 2014, more than 60 speakers and around 900 participants over the 4 days of conferences, workshops, Hackathons, and visits in the region of Tras-os-Montes and Alto Douro (Portugal).

Until the sixth edition, in 2019, the event had more than 250 speakers. A large part, international speakers of recognized distinctions, some of the greatest scholars, experts, thinkers and authors of solutions, projects, exemplary cases of balance between different interests in the cities and an audience of more than 3,000 people, mostly senior executives, government officials, companies and startups, tourism agents, and other professionals linked to the various sectors of public administration, but also private with a high interest in the topics.

SMART TRAVEL marked the international agenda and established new frontiers for the future, namely, joining disconnected topics such as Tourism and Smart Destinations with Smart Cities

However, with the situation caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, it was not just the events that had to adapt. The abrupt drop in tourists and visitors caused chaos in destinations and cities that, for decades, lived based on tourism as an economic engine. It was, moreover, one of the great problems and challenges before the pandemic that, badly or well, brought to light the true essence of what can be intelligent tourism based on a strategy of valorization of natural, cultural, and heritage resources.

Thus, in 2020, Smart Travel will be an event adapted to the situation and will opt for a hybrid model with a dynamic online and physical debate space, allowing the creation of conditions for a different experience, namely using Virtual Reality and also showcasing cities and destinations from all over the world with the possibility to show their potential digitally.

The event will be broadcast via streaming for 3 days on different platforms (Website, IPTV, Facebook, Youtube, etc.).

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This is the only global event that connects smart cities and smart tourism, and this year, as usual, the presence of some of the most influential international experts, including heavyweights Carlos Moreno (Mentor of the “15-minute City”), Jonathan Reichental (Book Smart Cities for Dummies), Piero Pelizzaro (Smart City Milan), Martin Barry (Manifesto Market) and also Laila AL Hadhrami, Federico De Arteaga Vidiella, Inga Hlin Palsdottir, Eliana Bejanaro, Sasha Qian, Dimitrios Buhalis, and many others.

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