About 3000 startups from over a hundred countries have submitted their projects.
Tourist innovation made in Spain has entered stepping strong into the world’s first “Tourism Startups” competition organized by the UNWTO. And it’s that five Spanish companies have been classified among this contest’s 20 semifinalists, where 3.000 startups from over a hundred countries have submitted their projects.
The five Spanish semi-finalists companies of the UNWTO contest are:
TravelGateX.- It works as a virtual market B2B where travel services are bought and sold. In this marketplace, where 600 companies operate, a booking is closed every 8 seconds and millions of searches per day are done. This company has also developed a free and online tool that allows monitoring the travel booking’s evolution by destinations, markets, segments, etc.
HiGuests.– Platform for holiday homes’ owners and managers for sales and marketing functions, yield management, bookings, etc. Includes a PMS, an app for the traveler and another monitoring app for the apartment’s owner.
CheKin.– Comprehensive software for the management of tourist stays, that simplifies in a single tool the different process phases, and that also follows the European Union’s regulations.
ByHours.– Online platform (web and app) that allows the traveler to book America and the Middle East.
Next phase: October 25
The semifinalists where announced last September 27 during World’s Tourism Day’s official ceremony, event that took place in Budapest.
During this event, the 20 semifinalists exposed their innovative projects to investors and tourist leaders, “with potential to be disruptors in the sector”, as reported by the UNWTO.
The contest is an initiative of the UNWTO and the Spanish corporation Globalia.
Next October 25 the 10 finalist companies of the contest will be announced.
In Budapest’s conference, 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 center of the digital agenda and global innovation”.