Paphos wins EU Smart tourism award
Paphos and Seville have been selected as the European Capitals of Smart Tourism for 2023 by the European Commission. Both cities were chosen for their commitment to sustainability, innovation, digitalization, accessibility, and cultural heritage.
Paphos, Cyprus was recognized for its initiatives to promote sustainable tourism, including the “Green Pafos” program, which focuses on environmental awareness and conservation. Paphos also offers a variety of accessible tourism options and has worked to preserve and promote its cultural heritage.
Seville, Spain was chosen for its efforts to promote digital innovation and improve the visitor experience, such as through the use of augmented reality and smart city technologies. Seville has also implemented sustainable tourism practices and has a strong cultural heritage, including the UNESCO-listed Alcazar Palace.
As the European Capitals of Smart Tourism for 2023, both Paphos and Seville will receive expert support and promotion from the European Commission to further develop their smart tourism offerings and share best practices with other cities across Europe.
The Green Pafos program is an initiative launched by the Municipality of Pafos in Cyprus to promote sustainable tourism practices and raise environmental awareness among locals and visitors. The program was first introduced in 2017, as part of Pafos’ efforts to become a more eco-friendly and sustainable destination.
The Green Pafos program is based on three main pillars: environmental awareness and education, waste reduction and recycling, and the use of sustainable energy. Some of the key initiatives under the program include:
- Recycling and waste reduction: Pafos has implemented a number of initiatives to reduce waste and promote recycling, such as the installation of recycling bins throughout the city and the introduction of a waste collection schedule based on the needs of businesses and households.
- Sustainable energy: The city has introduced a number of measures to reduce its energy consumption and promote the use of renewable energy sources, such as the installation of solar panels and energy-efficient lighting.
- Environmental awareness and education: The Green Pafos program includes a range of educational and awareness-raising activities, such as workshops, seminars, and campaigns aimed at both locals and visitors. The program also encourages the participation of businesses and organizations in promoting sustainable tourism practices.
Overall, the Green Pafos program aims to promote sustainable tourism practices that benefit both the local community and the environment, while also enhancing the visitor experience.