Tourism start-ups focus on innovation and sustainability

Travel Daily Media | January 13, 2020

The UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), in association with Globalia, a tourism group in Spain and Latin America, has selected the finalists of the 2nd Global Tourism Startup Competition. This is an initiative the two entities have been working on since 2018 when its first edition was held. In the competition’s first two editions, Wakalua, the global tourism innovation hub has received proposals of nearly 5,000 startups from 150 countries. The countries with the highest number of projects submitted have been Spain, followed by India, US, Portugal, Nigeria and Colombia.

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Hyatt Hotels Corporation | August 31, 2021

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Carnival Cruise Line | July 14, 2021

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FXAIR | November 09, 2020

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