The first launching of the SMART TRAVEL event, in 2014, has contributed to bringing awareness about Tourism and Smart Destinations and Smart Cities to institutional policymakers, associations, companies, and citizens in the Northeast region of Portugal (and also in the country).
SMART TRAVEL set the international Schedule and established new borders for the future joining the dots between disconnected topics like Tourism and Smart Destinations and the remote cities, smaller and experiencing hard times retaining and attracting population, talent and investment.
The SMART TRAVEL event projected, globally, the city of Bragança as an international reference and an example of resiliency and determination in changing the increasing impoverishment of remote regions far away from the main decision centers but also with great potential (environmental, scientific, economic, natural, cultural, etc)
SMART TRAVEL gathered in the past 4 years, dozens of enthusiasts for Smart Cities and Smart Tourism coming from diverse places inside and outside Portugal. Brough some of the most relevant scholars, researchers, experts, thinkers, creators and developers of solutions, projects and case studies of successful balance between different interests within cities.
Since 2014, Smart Travel event is gathering some of the most brilliant and creative minds that are working close with urban development and tourism and sustainability but also with smart cities and smart destinations.
The region of Bragança is famous for its hospitality, warm atmosphere and friendly people. Smart Travel, more than just a simple event, it’s a moment for human interactions, building relations and making friends. Smart Travel is the event that brings more than a conference, brings human values and purpose.
Without losing its scientific character and the study and research components, SMART TRAVEL rebuilds itself every year promoting reflection and sharing moments about realities and themes that feed the event through the past to keep attracting a new and heterogeneous audience.
Devolution has been one of the themes crossing smart cities events dominated by the thrill, excitement and noisy topics about Data, Artificial Intelligence, IoT or 5G.
There is more city beyond technology and small and medium-sized cities must lead the debate defending human values always focused on social and sustainable progress, returning the power to the citizens and sharing it with the rest of the stakeholders, devolving the future for the new generations.
Bragança has become the yearly hotspot not only for the discussion about the future of small and medium-sized smart cities in rural areas but also to debate and showcases some of the most innovative thoughts, insights, research and solutions for Smart Tourism.