UNWTO launches 4 new challenges to help re-start tourism


The Hospitality Challenge in collaboration with Sommet Education is a global call aiming to receive projects that can help hospitality sector reboot. This competition is designed to identify ideas and individuals capable of accelerating recovery while promoting inclusivity and sustainability in the sector to invent the hospitality of tomorrow.

The 30 finalists will be eligible for full scholarships in 15 different programmes in Hospitality, Culinary and Pastry Arts Management, (Bachelors, Masters, MBAs) offered in the world-class academic institutions of Sommet Education: Glion Institute of Higher Education in Switzerland and London, Les Roches Crans-Montana in Switzerland, Les Roches Marbella in Spain and École Ducasse in France.

Among the 30 winners, the top three most innovative entrepreneurial projects will be granted funding to support their initial development by Eurazeo, leading global investment group from which Sommet Education is a portfolio Company. Apply now here


Startups from all over the world and all economic sectors, with the potential to scale-up whilstdriving sustainability, are invited to jointhe largest innovation competition to accelerate the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Participation will equip selected startups with skills to accelerate sustainable development and offer an unprecedented platform to meet key stakeholders and exchange success stories. Dive into this competition and set innovation and sustainability as the new normal. The call close the 20 of Septiembre and you can apply here.


The UNWTO Inspiring Africa – Branding Challenge in collaboration with CNN International invites key actors from the marketing and branding sector to present their proposals for a campaign that positions Africa as a destination in the minds of travellers.

Beyond COVID-19, the campaign aims to create a positive image of Africa as a tourism destination that support the efforts of individual countries and companies, tells the many positive stories about Africa and makes tourism a driver of development. What we are looking for: creative concept and sample communication materials. Innovative, original proposals are key. Apply here.


In collaboration with Athletic Club and BEAZ from the Provincial Council of Bizkaia, the Smart Solutions for Smart Destinations Challenge is our commitment to innovation and the promotion of entrepreneurship in tourism in sports tourism destinations. We are looking for startups with innovative and intelligent solutions that can maximize the visitor experience in stadiums or events. In addition, it must facilitate the entire tourist experience included in its entire process: before, during and after.

Proposals that affect the distribution of tourist flows through the region will be positively valued, giving access to the offer that the territory presents and that complements the Athletic Club offer itself. The winning companies will have the opportunity to develop a pilot project in collaboration with Athletic Club for 6 months. Apply here until the 15 of October.