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Competition launched for travel tech start-ups

LONDON, July 28, 2021

WTM London, Travel Forward and World Tourism Forum Lucerne (WTFL) have joined forces to launch a start-up competition and summit for technology start-ups offering sustainable and innovative solutions to the travel, tourism and hospitality industry.
 
Front Runners Travel Tech Competition will shortlist 30 start-ups across three categories to be promoted among WTM’s and TF’s exhibitors and attendees as top innovators to partner with to thrive in an era where tackling sustainability is becoming imperative.
 
The summit will take place on November 2, 2021 during WTM London and Travel Forward physical shows at Excel London, when nine finalists (top three in each category) will be invited to pitch their ideas to an international judging panel and an audience of investors, industry leaders and innovators.
 
WTM London and Travel Forward Event Director Simon Press said: “We’re buzzing at the prospect of bringing together WTM London’s destinations, Travel Forward’s tech audience and the WTFL’s gravitas and experience for our new start-up competition concept that aims to drive positive change and bring tangible value to the industry.
 
“The B2B focus creates a perfect circle of opportunity – B2B start-ups are developing the solutions and tools that the industry needs, while the industry requires solutions and tools that the start-ups are developing," Press added.
 
The categories have been chosen to invite creativity and raise awareness for much-needed solutions around key themes: Smart Mobility, Hospitality of the Future and Experiences Revolution. The application window is now open and will run until August 26, 2021.
 
WTFL President & CEO Martin Barth said: “We’re delighted to be working in partnership with WTM London and Travel Forward. There is a natural synergy for innovative tech start-ups with WTM London and Travel Forward’s global audience of destination – and tourism-centric exhibitors, buyers and suppliers.
 
“We’re confident that Front Runners will offer an exclusive platform for early-stage start-ups to be put in the spotlight and get traction for their solutions. The sustainable focus of the competition also resonates with the end customer and the global investment community," Barth added.
 
WTM London and Travel Forward in-person shows will take place from November 1-3 at ExCeL London and will be followed by WTM & TF Virtual on November 8-9.-TradeArabia News Service



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