The international competition ‘Innovative City of the Future’ was organised by Oxford-based Europe Business Assembly, the independent humanitarian, social and economic corporation, and managed through the Summit of Leaders platform, gathering more than 6,000 representatives from 56 different countries.
Exploring innovative solutions for better quality of life in cities, integrated development and attractions of investors, the competition has chosen, during the London Summit of Leaders on April 16-17th, Donostia-San Sebastián as Innovative City of the Future in development and tourism (subcategory: food). Indeed, food is very important to place promotion. Food representation goes beyond the “functional” dimension as it refers to gathering and meeting people, sharing experiences and tastes, quality of life.
Donostia was nominated by a committee of experts and then chosen in an online survey. In addition to the city’s internationally renowned cuisine (ie: Michelin-starred restaurants, food societies, pintxos), attention was drawn to the agri-food cluster GuztiONA, an innovative project gathering key actors from three different sectors: tourism, trade and food – technology centres, universities (including the Basque Culinary Center, the world’s food science university with its own R&D department), institutions, tourist resorts, shops, farmers and producers.