Helsinki won European Capital of Smart Tourism 2019
In the first edition of the EU’s European Capital of Smart Tourism competition
- December 02, 2018 10:00
- Monika Dimitrova
Helsinki is a modern city with a burgeoning smart tourism industry. In 2017, visitors to Finland’s capital reached record numbers, approximately 4.5 million people taking advantage of a destination that mixes high-tech and sustainable design with stunning arts and culture all in one compact and vibrant city.
Helsinki offers several smart ways to get around the city. The city’s smart public transport system enjoyed a rise in user satisfaction over the last 2 years. An ‘Uber boat’ system is under consideration and driverless buses are being trialled on open streets. The Helsinki Road Map prevents overcrowding and supports local business as it guides tourists around the city, while 75% of hotel rooms are certified environmentally friendly. Helsinki is also increasing the share of cycling, walking, and electric cars and trains.