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UNWTO x Sommet Education Hospitality Challenge Finalists Announced

Top 30 Finalists announced

Facing up to the toughest times of a generation, the World Tourism Organization and Sommet Education share the conviction that this unprecedented challenge entails the opportunity for the Hospitality industry not only to come back, but to grow better and hence stronger.

It is a unique opportunity to restart tourism in a more balanced, innovative and sustainable way, with Hospitality as one of its driving forces. The time is right to foster new ideas, offer a new industry paradigm and shift consumption habits.

World trade, travel and leisure can grow back while respecting limited natural resources and engaging deeper with local communities and businesses.

To this end, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and Sommet Education presented a hospitality challenge which aimed to collect fresh ideas, to foster new approaches in the sector and a shift towards sustainability and innovation.

This call for applications to the challenge aimed to reach the most disruptive startups, entrepreneurs and innovators to drive impact on Hospitality sector in 4 different categories, taking a step forward for Sustainable Development in the recovery efforts.

UNWTO and Sommet Education would like to thank all the participants, innovators and entrepreneurs for their enthusiasm and contributions to the Hospitality Challenge, and to congratulate the 30 selected finalists below. In January and February we will be welcoming some of these finalists in a series of webinars to talk more about their ideas with industry experts and the UNWTO - see events for more details and how to watch these on LinkedIn.

Top 30 Finalists

Top 3 Winners to be Announced in March 2021

Barrera, Darcy - “Hogaru” – Cleaning and facility management provider

Bhagtani, Nivesh – “Young Hotelier Network” – Social impact community integration

Camacho, Diego – “HUTS” – HR management support

Camillo Caracio, Karen – “Digital Butler” – Personalized guest assistance

Dede, Elena – “Woof Together” – Standards in pet-friendly hospitality

Delbart, Jérémie – “Mes Petites Feuilles” – Urban SmartFarming

Deslarzes, Barthélémy - “Viridescent” – Eco-friendly on-line booking platform (Les Roches Alumni)

Escobar, Miguel – “Komodore” – Guest management automation

Godovykh, Maksim – “Virtual Hospitality Research Platform” - Research Hospitality platform

Grace, Amy – “TrekSecure” - Covid contagion response application

Gratianne, Rodrigo – “Recotrak” – Certification process for food donation (Les Roches Alumni)

Homsy, Ronald – “FirstClasset” – Asset model and payment process (Glion Alumni and AAG Board member)

Kartseva, Ksenia – “Tiptrip” – On-line guest comment management

Kimingi, Sharon – “Olappa Linens” – Sustainable linen (Les Roches Alumna)

Kumar, Ipshita – “Lemonade Social” – Experience driven e-commerce (Les Roches Alumna)

Kurtskhalia, Nino – “Food safety and organic food production”

Luis Egas, Jose – “Searchef” – Food & Beverage sharing platform (Les Roches Alumni)

Marin Poley, Ana – “Coliving Hotels” – Medium and long-term shared housing rentals

Marin, Marcel – “Digital Concierge” – Digitalized guest experience

Mika, Marta – “Service Club Delivery” – Recruitment solution

Mendoza Cardenas, Susana– “Travel Seeds” – Sustainable on-line booking platform

Obeid, Roger – “Join F&B” – Recruitment of disabled people service (Glion Alumni)

Otto, Paulina – “GauVendi” – Retail system

Peralta, Carolina – “Hospitality Onlearning” – Online Hospitality learning platform

Rivera, Katia – “Little Big Travel” – Experience travel provider

Roy, Nikhil – “Hosbot” – Digital Hospitality assistant (Les Roches Alumni)

Sanz, Joan – “Chartok” – Hotel Collaboration Software

Sirithamkhanti, Thanyaporn – “Luxury Origin” – Immersive customizable luxury experience

Tubi, Inbal – “Go-Travel direct hotel booking club” – Data driven direct booking club

Widodo, Sevo – “SiliconBali” – Youth employability

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