DESTI-SMART is a project addressing challenges for efficient sustainable tourism and at the same time promotion of low-carbon economy. Public regional/local and transport authorities increasingly face such challenges, particularly at busy destinations with high tourism travel flows.

DESTI-SMART from 1 Jun 2018 to 30 Nov 2022.


The 10 project partners, representing mass tourism destinations in South Europe, emerging tourism destinations, coastal, maritime and insular ones, form an interregional working sceme promoting interregional cooperation for sustainable mobility, accessibility and low-carbon responsible travel, through capitalisation of best practices, improvement of regional/local policy instruments and preparation of action plans towards their emergence and recognition as 'Smart Destinations'.

  1. Metropolitan Development Agency of Thessaloniki SA - Joint Intermunicipal Company of Thessaloniki Metropolitan Area (GR) - COORDINADOR
  2. Autonomous Region of Sardinia (IT)
  3. Experience Bremerhaven, Tourism, Marketing and Events Company Ltd. (DE)
  4. Hora´rios do Funchal, Transportes Pu´blicos S.A. (PR)
  5. Hastings Borough Council (UK)
  6. Consell de Mallorca – Departament de Medi Ambient (SP)
  7. Latvian Greenways Association (LV)
  8. Lake Balaton Development Coordination Agency (Hongria)
  9. Pafos Regional Board of Tourism (CY)
  10. Bournemouth University (UK)


Overall objective of DESTI-SMART is to improve the transport and tourism policies of EU destinations, by integrating strategies for sustainable mobility, accessibility and responsible travel with efficient & sustainable tourism development, for transition to a low-carbon economy, through efficiency, resilience, multimodality, novel low-carbon transport systems, cycling & walking, with implementation innovations, policy learning and capacity building.


A. Low-carbon transport systems

  • Low-carbon transport systems introduction  
  • E-Mobility options
  • Promoting the use of railways for access to destinationsRedeployment of disused railways for sustainable tourism development and non-motorised transport 
  • Novel electric transport systems

B. Intermodality

  • Provision of improved Intermodality facilities for visitors
  • Multimodal connectivity improvements 
  • Interchange facilities between long distance travel and local transport systems, including multilingual travel information provision 
  • Integrated e-ticketing for tourism sites and public transport
  • CycloTourism interchanges with public transport
  • Awareness raising, promotion of low-carbon modes of travel 
  • ICT & mobile applications

C. Mobility as a Service (MaaS)

  • Accessibility
  • Accessible Tourism: Accessibility for tourists with mobility problems (disabled, elderly, families, etc) 

D. Cycling and Walking

  • Facilitating Cycling & Walking for Tourists
  • Cycling routes provision
  • Shared bikes
  • Promotion of CycloTourism
  • Integration of cycling in urban/regional tourism mobility strategies 
  • Promoting ‘Greenways’


Total budget: 1.85 M €

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