Around 3000 startups from over a hundred countries have submitted their projects.
Tourist innovation made in Spain has made a big impression in the world’s first “Tourism Startups” competition organised by the UNWTO. Indeed, 3,000 startups from over a hundred countries submitted their projects and five Spanish companies have qualified for the semi-finals (out of a total of 20 semi-finalists).
The five Spanish semi-finalist companies of the UNWTO contest are:
TravelGateX.- It works as a virtual B2B market where travel services can be bought and sold. Around 600 companies operate in this marketplace where a booking is closed every 8 seconds and millions of searches are carried out each day. This company has also developed a free online tool to monitor travel bookings’ evolution by destinations, markets, segments, etc.
HiGuests.– Platform for holiday home owners and managers for sales and marketing functions, yield management, bookings, etc. Includes a PMS, an app for the traveller and another monitoring app for the apartment owner.
CheKin.– Comprehensive software for the management of tourist stays, that simplifies in a single tool the different process phases, and that also follows European Union’s regulations.
ByHours.– Online platform (web and app) that allows the traveller to book mini-stays (3, 6 or 12 hours) in over 3,000 hotels in Europe, America and the Middle East.
Next phase: 25th October
The semi-finalists were announced on 27th September during the World Tourism Day’s official ceremony that took place in Budapest.
During this event, the 20 semi-finalists exposed their innovative projects, “with the potential to be disruptors in the sector”, to investors and tourist leaders as reported by the UNWTO.
The contest is an initiative of the UNWTO and the Spanish corporation Globalia.
On 25th October, the 10 finalist companies of the contest will be announced.
During the conference in Budapest, ministers of various countries and representatives of local and national public bodies, as well as entrepreneurs and investors, pointed out the need to position tourism “at the centre of the digital agenda and global innovation agenda”.