UNWTO work closely alongside WHO to mitigate the impact caused by the wide spread of COVID-19. Here a project called “Calling on innovators and Entrepreneurs to Accelerate Tourism Recovery” is launched for encouraging entrepreneurs and innovators asks them to submit ideas that can help the tourism sector mitigate the impact of the pandemic and kickstart recovery efforts. In particular, the challenge is aimed at finding ideas that can make a difference right away: for destinations, for businesses and for public health efforts. 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. It also is a step forward for Sustainable Development in a crisis situation, providing support to travelers, businesses and authorities.
Participants of this projects are expected to come up with ready to scale-up solutions with a business plan in place and the potential to be implemented in several countries. The winners of the Healing Solutions for Tourism Challenge will be invited to pitch their ideas to representatives of more than 150 governments They will also enjoy access to the UNWTO Innovation Network, which includes hundreds of start-ups and leading businesses from across the tourism sector.