Application Deadline: 15 April 2020

This challenge is a global call to reach the most disruptive startups, entrepreneurs and drive solutions to mitigate Covid-19 impacts on tourism through health, economic and destination management solutions. A step forward for Sustainable Development in a crisis situation.

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.

Target audience

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


  • Healing for People
  • Healing for Prosperity
  • Healing for Destinations

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.


  • Launch25 March 2020
  • Deadline for candidatures 15 April 2020
  • Announcement of top startups 20 April 2020
  • Selection of finalists to be awarded benefits 25 April 2020

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the UNWTO Healing Solutions Tourism Challenge 2020

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