(19 Feb 2021)
Startups from around the world have been recognized
for their contributions to sustainable and responsible
tourism in the UNWTO SDGs Global Startup Competition.

The competition, which was supported by the United
Nations Innovation Network, attracted some 10,000 initial
proposals.

From those, the jury chose 25 winners from 18
countries, highlighting the array of tourism talent in every
global region and its widespread ability to contribute to the
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Shortlisted finalists were judged according to
criteria which included the potential of the startups to
contribute to a specific goal, their ability to be scaled-up, and
the maturity of both the product and the team behind it.

Milestones of TravelFlan (Freed Group). TravelFlan won SDG9 - Industry, innovation and infrastructure. Click to enlarge.

The 25 winning startups, selected by a jury made
up of leaders from across the tourism sector, offer
solutions for advancing the SDGs.

The Americas led the way in
submitting winning proposals, with nine of the competition winners
coming from the region. Europe provided eight winners, Asia and
the Pacific six, and Africa and the Middle East one winner each.

“The winners show the power of new ideas for
transforming our sector,” said UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab
Pololikashvili. “By embracing
innovation, we can realise this potential and build a better
future for people and planet through tourism. I congratulate them
all and look forward to seeing these startups grow and deliver
positive change.”

The winners and the SDG that the startup will help
advance are:

SDG1 – No poverty
Etnica (Guatemala)

SDG2 – Zero hunger
Ifarm Agritech (Kenya)

SDG3 – Good
health and well-being
BlueDot (Canada)

SDG4 – Quality
education
Immersion India (India)

SDG5 – Gender equality
Sisterwave (Brazil)

SDG6 – Clean water and sanitation
ECOLOO Greentech Malaysia SDN BHD (Malaysia)
Zero Mass Water
(United States of America)

SDG7 – Affordable and clean
energy
BeFC (France)
Enexor BioEnergy (United States of
America)
Swimsol (Austria)

SDG8 – Good jobs and economic
growth
Clio Muse Tours PC (Greece)
Community Homestay
Network (Nepal)

SDG9 – Industry, innovation and
infrastructure
DefinedCrowd (United States of America)
FREED
GROUP (aka TravelFlan) (Hong Kong)

SDG10 – Reduced
inequalities
Travaxy – accessible travel (Israel)

SDG11
– Sustainable cities and communities
Metrica6 (Spain)
Tobadaa (Egypt)

SDG12 – Sustainable consumption and
production
Lumitics (Singapore)

SDG13 – Climate action
ClimateTrade (Spain)
Opus 12, Inc. (United States of America)
Safety Line (France)

SDG14 – Life below water
Seven
Clean Seas (Singapore)

SDG16 – Peace, justice and string
institutions
Impulse Travel (Colombia)

SDG17 –
Partnerships for the goals
Nibi (Colombia)
Siliconbali
(Portugal)

The winning startups will now be given expert
support and backing to develop further, including through guided
mentorship programmes from Amadeus, Google, IE University and
FarCo, and tailored mentorship sessions from Mastercard and
ClarkeModet.

The winners will also be invited to take part in a
pitching event within the framework of
Spain’s International Tourism Fair (FITUR) and again at the Tourism Tech Adventures Forum
in Qatar.

Furthermore, the winners will benefit from access
to all UNWTO’s collaborators for the competition, opening the door
for potential game-changing pilots and networking opportunities
with Amazon Web Services, Globant, BBVA, the Inter-American
Development Bank (IDB) and IDB Lab, Telefonica, Plug and Play, the
Advanced Leadership Foundation, Impact Hub, mentorDay and the
destination partners for the competition.

See latest

Travel Industry News,
Video
Interviews,
Podcasts
and other
news regarding:

COVID19,
UNWTO,
SDG,
Sustainable,

Green.


Headlines:

Air New Zealand to Trial IATA’s Digital Travel Pass on AKL – SYD in April 
Boeing Recommends Airlines Ground 777s Powered by PW4000-112 Engines 
USAMRIID Tests Show BioFlash Can Detect SARS-CoV-2 in the Air 
Cathay Pacific Flies First COVID19 Vaccines to Hong Kong and Mexico 
Qantas to Expand Pilot Training Facilities in Australia 
Michael Mestraud Appointed GM of Four Seasons Oahu and VPRO Americas 
Etihad Airways and Gulf Air Sign SCCA 
British Airways Partners Dettol 
72 Businesses Shortlisted in 2021 Experience Mekong Showcases 
Melia Koh Samui Provides Land for Farm to Help Feed Elephants 
Bangkok Airways to Resume HKT-HDY Flights; Delays BKK-KKC/HDY Launch 
United Airlines to Launch Flights Between Boston and London Heathrow 
Abode Selling Hotel in Canberra, Australia 
New Zealand Millennium Cup Superyacht Regatta Open to New Entries 
Air Cote d’Ivoire Takes Delivery of First Airbus A320neo 
Embraer Welcomes Brazil’s Decision to Withdraw WTO Dispute with Canada 
IBM to Upgrade Delta’s Computing Environment 
UNWTO Names Winners of Sustainable Development Competition 
Hong Kong Disneyland to Reopen 19 Feb; Reservations Begin 18 Feb 
Construction of Peppers Melbourne Richmond Commences 
Executive Appointments at TFE Hotels in Melbourne, Australia 
Louvre Hotels Upgrades Global Distribution with Sabre 
Korean Air Working with UNICEF to Transport COVID19 Vaccines Globally 
Accelya Expands Hawaiian Airlines’ NDC-Enabled Retailing Capabilities 
MotoGP Confirms Red Bull as Title Sponsor of Australian Grand Prix 2021 
Finnair Signs Lease Financing Agreement for Next Airbus A350 
Thai Airways to Fly First COVID19 Vaccines to Thailand on 24 February 
Marriott CEO and President Arne Sorenson Passes Away 
Chua Hui Wan Returns to Travelport as Head of Agency Sales – APAC 
Fiji Airways Extends Validity of Flight Credits to End-2022 
Smiths Detection Granted AOAC Certification for Listeria Assay 
airBaltic Signs Codeshare Agreement with Lufthansa 
SAS Selects CFM LEAP-1A Engines to Power New Airbus A320s 
Yamaha Extends MotoGP Commitment to 2026 
Airbus H160 to Enter Offshore Sector with Shell and PHI 
Finnair to Dismantle Airbus A319 at Helsinki Airport 
Dusit to Take Over Hot Springs Resort in Guangdong, China 
New Zealand Millennium Cup Postponed Until March 2021 
Air Methods Signs HCare Contract for EC135 Helicopters 
Marriott Upgrades Bonvoy App for iOS 
Bangkok Airways to Reopen Airport Lounges and Kiosks 
BA Expands VeriFLY Trial to Include All International Flights to UK 
Embraer Delivered 71 Aircraft in Q4 2020 
Thales and Airbus to Upgrade France’s Electronic Warfare Capabilities 
Busy Year Ahead for Banyan Tree as Group Prepares to Open 8 Hotels 
SIA, Scoot and SilkAir Operate First Flights with Vaccinated Pilots and Cabin Crew 
Ascott Opens Citadines Serviced Residence in Canggu, Bali 
Markus Krebs Returns to Hawaii as GM of Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort 
Clinique La Prairie Aesthetics & Medical Spa in Bangkok Appoints Director 
AeroLogic Implements SITA eWAS Pilot Weather Monitoring Solution 
IDeaS Expands Partnership with RateGain for AI-Driven Real-Time Intelligence 
SIA Revises Aircraft Delivery Agreements; Defers Over $4b in Capital Expenditure 
Marriott Signs Deal to Significantly Expand All-Inclusive Portfolio 
Dusit Signs First Hotel in Kuwait 
Hong Kong Int. Airport Handled Just 71,000 Passengers in January 
Japan’s First Boeing KC-46 Completes Maiden Flight 
Etihad Airways World’s First Airline to Vaccinate 100% of Cabin Crew and Pilots 
Bombardier Partners StandardAero to Expand Maintenance Capabilities in Europe 
Turkish Competition Authority Approves Korean Air’s Acquisition of Asiana 
Bahrain Int. Airport’s New Terminal Makes the Most of SITA Technology 
UK Charges Arrivals £1,750 for 10-Day Hotel Quarantine 
Vietjet Takes Delivery of Two More Airbus A321neo ACF Aircraft 
New Indian Airline Takes Off with Laminaar Aviation’s ARMS Software 
Aviation: Inconsistent Border Restrictions Serious Impediment to Recovery 
AirAsia Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Thailand Carried 23m Pax in 2020 
Emirates Installs Touchless Self Check-In and Bag Drop Kiosks at DXB 
British Airways to Invest in Sustainable Aviation Fuel Company LanzaJet 
Qantas Upgrades Inflight F&B Options 
SAS to Increase Flights in Spring and Summer Schedules 
Etihad Airways to Use 360 Foam Wash on GE90 and GEnx-1B Engines 
Air New Zealand Reopens Regional Lounge at Wellington Airport 
Qantas Starts Offering Unlimited Flight Date Changes 
Simpson Marine Sells Sanlorenzo SL78 and SL118 to Customers in Indonesia 
KrasAvia Adds Two ATR 72-500 Aircraft to Fleet 
Philippine Airlines Reducing Workforce by 30% 
ATR Americas Appoints Tiziana Masullo as MD and President 
CAE to Produce Pyure Air Sanitizers 
Hyatt Regency Opens in Ningbo, China 
Singapore Airlines Reports Q3 Net Loss of S$142 Million 
Whitbread’s Third Premier Inn Hotel on Isle of Wight to Open 26 February 
Honda Extends Commitment to MotoGP 
airBaltic Training Launches Recruitment Drive 
Scandinavian Airlines Flew 280,000 Passengers in January 
Myanmar Tourism Marketing Calls on Partners to Continue Support 
Bombardier Appoints Stuart Bailey as GM of Berlin Service Centre 
Qantas Signs Deal to Use Alliance Airlines’ Embraer E190s 
Int. Passenger Demand Down 75.6% in 2020; Forward Bookings Falling Sharply 
Melbourne Home to Marriott’s Second W Hotel in Australia 
Strong Cargo, Reduced Costs Result in Operating Profit for Korean Air 
SITA Launches Health Protect 
Arne Sorenson to Reduce Work Schedule for Cancer Treatment 
Accor Rebrands Mercure Hotel as Mantra Gladstone 
Strong Variations in Regional Air Cargo Performance in 2020 
Duxton Becomes Marriott’s First Autograph Hotel in Singapore 
Hyatt Takes Over Hotel in Brisbane, Australia 
Marriott Opens 50th Hotel in Shanghai, China 
Simpson Marine Sells Sanlorenzo SX112 to Customer in Hong Kong 
Whitbread Set to Open Four More Premier Inn Hotels in Scotland 
Diego Angarita Returns to Four Seasons Resort Anguilla as GM 
GKN Aerospace Takes Leading Role in UK’s Future Flight Challenge 
New Boeing F-15EX Fighter Jet Takes First Flight 
Rex Airlines Expands PSS Agreement with Sabre 
Compulsory COVID19 Testing for Staff at Hong Kong Airport 
American Airlines Makes Important Changes to Face Mask Policy 
Process to Choose Hosts of Rugby World Cup 2025, 2027, 2029 and 2031 Begins 
British Airways to Commence VeriFly Trial on 4 February 
Rosaviatsiya Approves Mku30 Communications System for Ansat Helicopters 
SATENA Signs GMA with ATR 
Bombardier Completes Sale of Transportation Business to Alstom 
From Mekong Startups to Mekong Innovations in Sustainable Tourism 
China Airlines Launches Ultra-Low Temperature Cargo Service 
Air Canada Suspends Flights to 15 Destinations in Mexico and Caribbean 
Etihad Airways Continues to Operate Flights from London and Manchester 
Vietjet Reports VND274 Billion Profit in Q4 2020 
Cebu Pacific Introduces New Baggage Policy 
Air Astana to Launch Frankfurt – Atyrau Flights 
FINN Partners Establishes Advisory Board 
Asia Pacific Airlines Carried 69 Million Passengers in 2020 
Singapore Airlines to Operate Boeing 737-800 NG on Phuket Flights 
Bombardier Expands Smart Link Plus Connected Aircraft Program 
Vibe Hotel Melbourne Appoints Sai Amani as GM and Vanesa Kaya as EAM 
Emirates Skywards Extends Tier Status, Miles 
Malaysian Customs Approves Teleport as Forwarding Agent 
Austrian Airlines Requires Passengers to Wear FFP2 Masks Without Valves 
IATA DG: We Can See Light at the End of the Tunnel 
How’s Business in Pattaya, Thailand? Interview with MD of Tiffany’s Show 
Will British & Irish Lions’ Tour of South Africa Go Ahead? 
ASEAN Tourism Forum 2021 Postponed Until January 2022 
HD Videos and Interviews 
Podcasts from HD Video Interviews 
RSS News Feed and Ticker 
Travel Trade Shows in 2020 and 2021 
High-Res Picture Galleries 
Travel News Asia – Latest Travel Industry News 


cheap bali packages, bali holidays packages, bali trip packages, angkor wat tour package, ho chi minh city tour package, siem reap holiday packages, hanoi and halong bay tour package, ubud package holidays
Provider of online holiday packages, offering great service and various packages with special discounted rates. More than 15 years operating in accordance with the highest ethical and business standards.

 

Related Post

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *