UNWTO Healing Solutions for Tourism Challenge 2020 for Entrepreneurs and Innovators worldwide

UNWTO Healing Solutions for Tourism Challenge 2020 for Entrepreneurs and Innovators worldwide

Deadline: April 15, 2020

Applications for the UNWTO Healing Solutions for Tourism Challenge 2020 are now open. This is a global call to reach the most disruptive startups, entrepreneurs, innovators and existing technologies to mitigate Covid-19 impacts on tourism through health, economic and destination recovery solutions. A step forward for Sustainable Development in a crisis situation, providing support to travelers, businesses and authorities.


  • Healing for People: Solutions focused on safety measures, sanitizing methods, early detection, among others for tourism and travel-related stakeholders – to be used by: tourists, tourism employees, hospitality operations, travel agencies, tour-operators, transportation, amusement parks, etc.
  • Healing for Prosperity: Solutions focused on digital applications for tourism, sharing economy, circular economy, revenue management, demand recovery, investments, among other areas, to be implemented for the whole sector near and long-term future.
  • Healing for Destinations: Solutions focused on recovery techniques for destinations: crisis communication, crisis management, mobility, tourism destinations re-branding, travel confidence recovery, among other related areas.


The most viable and ready-to-implement solutions will be awarded as follows:

  • Digital booklet: To reach 150+ ministers and forward information from the best providers for tourism recovery.
  • Business presentation: To the world governments with the UNWTO Secretary-General from the IE University Wow Room, the most innovative space to share the solutions.
  • Connection with the UNWTO Innovation Network: Access to more than 5000 tourism-related startups, 930 corporations, 300 public institutions, 50 education institutions, 30 incubators and 200 investors.


Open to startups, entrepreneurs and innovators from all over the world with ready-to-implement solutions to drive the Covid-19 impacts in tourism. Methods, processes, governance structures, social impact initiatives, new technological applications, existing technologies, among other ways of innovation are applicable.

Participants should meet the following criteria:

  • Being innovative in nature and provide value-added solutions
  • To have a tested pilot and business plan
  • To have been accelerated before
  • To have potential to be applied in many countries


  • Launch: March 25, 2020
  • Deadline for candidatures: April 15, 2020
  • Announcement of top startups: April 20, 2020
  • Selection of finalists to be awarded benefits: April 25, 2020

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For more information, visit UNWTO Healing Solutions for Tourism Challenge.