In response to the COVID-19 impact on tourism, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), with the support of the World Health Organization (WHO), launched the Healing Solutions for Tourism Challenge to identify the most disruptive startups, entrepreneurs, innovators and existing technologies with ready-to-implement solutions to make travelling possible in one of the categories:
- Healing for People: health and sanitary solutions, with projects trying to trace and stop the spread of the virus and infected people and proposing alternative ways for governments to fight the disease
- Healing for Prosperity: economic solutions, with projects trying to optimize and generate additional revenues to companies and communities
- Healing for Destinations: confidence recovery, destination rebranding campaigns, airports safety and crisis communication.
Throughout the 4-week call, 1183 projects from 110 countries were received and evaluated by a Committee of Experts from the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Thee World Health Organization (WHO) and The World Bank. 30 semi finalists and 9 finalists were selected. Solutions mostly use the following technologies to deliver their impact: Virtual and Augmented Reality, Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, Big Data and Blockchain
Please find the booklet of the 9 Finalists in the link below: