The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is the United Nations agency responsible for the promotion of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism.
The program will cover the travel and lodging expenses for two people for each of the top ten startups to attend FITUR 2019. The 20 runners-up will have the opportunity to pitch at the official celebrations of World Tourism Day (WTD), on September 27th 2018 in Budapest, Hungary.
The selected startups will receive a fully-sponsored trip to present their initiative to the jury, governments, industry leaders and international investors attending WTD. In addition, participants will benefit from a master class on how to talk to investors, ways for scaling up companies, etc.
The 10 finalists will have sponsored participation at FITUR, the International Tourism Trade Fair, from 24 – 27 January 2019 in Madrid, Spain.
The winning startup will receive the opportunity to design a pilot project with Globalia, Spain’s largest travel corporation, and work closely with Globalia’s brands including Air Europa (airline), Halcón Viajes (travel agencies), Travelplan (tour operator), Be Live (hotel chain), and Groundforce (airport handling) and more.
UNWTO Tourism Startups Competition is targeting Startups that:
- Both for-profit and non-profit projects;
- Are in the Early Stage or Series A Stage;
- Are innovative in nature and provide value-added and sustainable solutions for the tourism sector;
- Have potential for scalability and a vision to grow internationally;
- Have a business plan.