During two days, the event gathered 95 national and international speakers, as well as institutional representatives of more than a hundred islands around the world, such as Zanzibar (Mauritania), Paros, Milos or Tilos (Greece), Wight and Orkney (Great Britain), Bahrain, Cozumel (Mexico), or Port Louis (Mauritius), among others.
The second edition of the Smart Island World Congress, organized by Fira de Barcelona, with the support of the Government of the Balearic Islands, the Consell de Mallorca and the City Council of Calvià, took place last month with great success and participation, consolidating the event as the main forum for debate between islands and positioning itself as a platform of reference in the strengthening of their relations.
The strengthening of the relations between island territories in order to tackle challenges such as climate change, economic competition, technological innovation and tourism will be the main objectives of the second edition of the Smart Island World Congress (SIWC), the world-leading meeting on smart islands. The event is organized by Fira de Barcelona and held on the 23rd and 24th of April in Calvià (Majorca). It is expected to bring together representatives of islands around the world, 95 speakers and 25 exhibitors.
After a successful first edition focused on the needs and opportunities of island territories in a globalized economy, the 2018 edition will move forward and discuss the need to find synergies and to strengthen the links that connect them as they face their major challenges to become the islands of the future.
The congress programme revolved around three main themes: leadership of islands in the tourist business, the challenges facing islands in the future and the resources available to island territories. Around these topics, there will be 15 conferences where 95 speakers will take part, including island leaders, industrial experts and directors of research centres, universities, governments and international organizations.
Wight, Smart Island 2018 Awards
The night of April 23 the award ceremony of the Smart Island awards took place. And the island of Wight (England) won as Smart Island of the year.
While the Mexican island of Cozumel, won the prize for the best Smart Destination.
And the city of La Possession, pertaining to the island of Reunion, the prize to the best initiative of Sustainable Development.
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