UNWTO and Save the Children partner for the education of the future in Central America and the Caribbean

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UNWTO and Save the Children partner for the education of the future in Central America and the Caribbean
Source: UNWTO
May 10, 2022

A new challenge has been launched to promote the development of educational ideas and experiences through the tourism sector


The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and Save the Children Dominican Republic have launched a new challenge to promote the development of educational ideas and experiences through the tourism sector in Central America and the Caribbean.

The challenge seeks innovative and technological proposals in 'Early Stage' development that offer new educational opportunities through the tourism sector. The challenge has two categories:

New technologies: People or startups that promote the use of technology to provide solutions to the tourism and education sector.
Local impact: People or startups that promote transformation and social improvement, and that belong to the tourism and education sector.

Tourism is a leading provider of opportunities for youth in Central America and the Caribbean
According to the Secretary General of the World Tourism Organization, Zurab Pololikashvili, “tourism is a leading provider of opportunities for youth throughout Central America and the Caribbean, and innovation and new technologies can help us reach more young people, allowing them to benefit as tourism. return to the region.

"For our organization, the launch of this challenge represents a unique opportunity to capitalize on the potential of the tourism sector in our country and the region, thus generating innovation in favor of early childhood education with a high social impact," says Juan Tomás Díaz, President Save the Children Dominican.

Tourism for the SDGs
Projects must be aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Additionally, they must be framed in one (or several) of the following areas:

  • Destination management or private management of solutions/products/services developed around education as tourism and educational products
  • Seeking the balance between sustainable development and the profitability of the project, maximizing its positive impacts.
  • The connection with the market and the user experience in all phases of the journey

Applications are open until June 25, 2022. The winning projects will be selected based on several criteria, such as the degree of innovation, and their viability and sustainability. The winners will be invited to the Tourism Tech Adventure in the Dominican Republic that will take place in November 2022.

Tourism education for empowerment
Tourism is one of the largest sectors in the world, accounting for more than 4% of direct global GDP in 2019. In the Americas, the contribution of tourism to regional GDP fell from 3.4% to 1.6 % during the pandemic. Central America and the Caribbean represent 4.8% of global international arrivals and reflect the potential of all tourism subsectors and their needs for good training and education.

After the effects of COVID-19, this sector is reinventing itself to achieve more responsible, innovative and accessible tourism. The pandemic has also disrupted education systems around the world, highlighting that digital learning must become an essential service available to all. This means that all children and young people have access to world-class digital solutions that facilitate personalized learning and open doors to a better future.

The UNWTO supports digital education and innovation initiatives promoted by Startups and small and medium-sized enterprises, which will play a leading role in the reactivation of tourism in the coming years.

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