QATAR/INTERNATIONAL. Qatar Airways and Qatar National Tourism Council (QNTC) have teamed up to support a global start-up competition hosted in Doha, which aims to identify innovators whose ideas are focused on sustainability.
The competition – led by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) – is aimed at global entrepreneurs whose ideas contribute toward the achievement of the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) within the tourism industry. They are expected to use state-of-the-art methods, governance structures and social impact initiatives, technological applications and other ways of chosen innovation.
The search began in July this year – running to 10 October – with successful applicants being selected according to factors such as innovative value-added solutions with the potential for international scalability.
Qatar Airways will be involved in the competition finals, with a representative from the airline evaluating the participating start-ups through various competition phases, as part of the judging panel. The finals event will be staged in Doha, Qatar in February 2021 with flights, transportation and accommodation provided by Qatar Airways and QNTC for the finalists.
“While the COVID-19 pandemic has taken an unprecedented toll on tourism, it also has made clear the important role tourism plays in every part of society. We commend the dedication of Qatar Airways to continuing to carry passengers safely throughout this time, and in the new reality that awaits us all.” – UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashviki
UNWTO will advocate the best ideas to its member states, affiliate members and investors, providing winners with a networking and matchmaking opportunity.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive and QNTC Secretary General, His Excellency Akbar