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UNWTO Launches First and Largest Competition For Tourism Startups

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is conducting a global hunt for tourism startups that want to transform the industry.

The organization, which is part of the United Nations, has announced that it’s partnering with Globalia, a leading tourism group in Spain and Latin America, to launch of the first UNWTO Tourism Startup Competition.

UNWTO described the competition as the world’s first and largest initiative devoted to identifying new companies that will “lead the transformation of the tourism sector.”

As part of the effort to find those bold and visionary companies, the call for entrants will be issued in 164 countries around the world.

To participate in the global competition, startups must present business models that are related to at least one of four main areas: the future of travel; the tourism experience; environmental impact or community development

Those interested in participating can find more information and submit their applications through the program’s website at www.tourismstartups.org.

Applications will be accepted between now and September 3. Projects will be evaluated according to five criteria: uniqueness and viability of the solution, potential impact, business model, scalability and team profile.