The 2nd UNWTO World Conference on Smart Destinations took place in Oviedo (Asturias, Spain) between the 25th and 27th of June 2018 and was organized by the World Tourism Organization, the Ministry of Energy, Tourism and the Digital Agenda of Spain and the Government of the Principality of Asturias.

The 2018 edition covered subjects such as the digital transformation within destinations, technological solutions for impact monitoring, Smart destination governance, the importance of new technologies for sustainable development, standardization frameworks, data accessibility and cyber-security, the role of participatory approaches and open platforms and data-driven success stories and best practices in tourism innovation. 

Around 500 participants were present at the World Conference on Smart Destinations, ViaTecla amongst them, to share knowledge and build new partnerships. Government representatives, private sector entities, researchers and academics, technology centres and overall international tourism experts were able to discuss opportunities and challenges for the tourism sector, and destinations in particular, arising from the development, implementation and management of innovative products and services that are based on new technological solutions.