Evaluation and proposal of strategy and development of tools for the conversion of the islands of the space of collaboration as Intelligent Tourist Destinations
Grant Agreement: MAC/1.1b/133
Type: INTERREG MAC 2014-2020 | 1st Call
Duration: 53 meses (08/11/2016 - 31/03/2021)
Status: Ongoing
Coordinator: Sociedad de Promoción Económica de Gran Canaria, Canaray Islands, Spain.

Sociedad de Promoción Económica de Gran Canaria, SAU (Canary Islands – Spain)
Fundación Canaria Parque Científico Tecnológico de la Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Canary Islands – Spain)
Patronato de Turismo de Gran Canaria (Canary Islands – Spain)
FRCT – Fundo Regional para a Ciência e Tecnologia (Azores – Portugal)
Universidade da Madeira (Madeira – Portugal)
Ayuntamiento de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Canary Islands – Spain)

Third-Parties Participants

ADEI – Agência para Desenvolvimento Empresarial e Inovação (Cape Verde)
NOSI – Núcleo Operacional para a Sociedade de Informação (CapeVerde)

Associated partners
Hiades Business Patterns, S.L.
Inerza, S.A.
Can Be Cloud, S.L.
Space 1999 Telecom, S.L.U.
Open Canarias, S.L.
Nartex Software, S.L.
07Globalan, S.L.
Edosoft Factory, S.L.
eDataConsulting, S.L.U.
Contactel Teleservicios, S.A.
Canarias Excelencia Tecnológica
Agrupación Empresarial Innovadora – AEI Turismo Innova Gran Canaria

Aim of the Project:

SmartDest main objective is to promote cooperation between the Macaronesia archipelagos of the Azores, Madeira, Canary Islands and Cape Verde to transform these territories into Intelligent Tourist Destinations (DTI).The project aims practical results through the implementation of pilot actions in the 4 partner regions, by the development of technological solutions from enterprise in cooperation with research centers. Therefore, SmartDest promotes an innovative, accessible, integrated, connected and competitive tourist destination consolidated on a technological infrastructure that guarantees a sustainable development of the territory facilitating the interaction and integration of the visitor with the destination and its community, enriching the tourist experience and as weel the quality of life for the residents.


FRCT Involvement:
Project responsibilities:
The FRCT integrates SmartDest as a beneficiary, being responsible for the implementation of the project in the Azores, developing a Proposal for the Conversion Plan of the Azores into a Smart Tourist Destination (DTI) and implementing actions in the pilot area - Praia da Vitória, Terceira Island where will be implemented the innovative technological solutions.

FRCT Involvement:
Impact on the Azores Region:
The SmartDest project aims to foster cooperation and knowledge transfer between companies and research centers, improving the “intelligence” of the collaboration space through ICT solutions to transform the Azores into an Intelligence Tourism Destination - DTI. In this sense, the FRCT participation aims to involve the main Azores Scientific & Technical Systems actors and to promote the cooperation between all innovation ecosystem, enterprise, community and research centers. Moreover, the SmartDest Project follows the objectives proposed under the RIS3 Azores, where the includes Tourism Thematic Working Group ensuring the connection with the main initiatives related to the regional entrepreneurial discovery.

Other Regional Entities Involved in the projects are Regional Secretariat for Energy, Environment, and Tourism; Regional Directorate for Tourism; Azores Tourism Observatory; Praia da Vitória Municipality; Company Fundo de Maneio.

Regional Stakeholders Involved: SCTA actors, companies, and others with skills, participation, and activities in the areas of Tourism and ICT.

Financial Overview
Consortium Budget
Partners Contribuition EU Contribuition Total
283 704,91€1 607 661,13€1 891 366,04€
FRCT Budget
34 302,36€194 380,03€ 228 682,39€