NECSTouR lead the Regions Agenda of the Successful Tourism Innovation Submit 2021

NECSTouR lead the Regions Agenda of the Successful Tourism Innovation Summit 2021

Regional Tourism Authorities and DMOs were among the 432 speakers gathered at the Tourism Innovation Summit in Seville on 10th – 12th of November, leading inspiring debates to reactive tourism in a more sustainable way through innovation.

The second edition of the Tourism Innovation Submit closed successfully gathering 5.286 professionals from 37 countries all onsite, while 4.711 online connections from 19 different countries watch on streaming the 432 speakers from 21 countries including NECSTouR members and partners.

The latest innovations, trends and solutions for the travel and tourism industry to help destinations and business to accelerate the transition to more sustainable models based on innovation were showcased across three days and 190 conference hours.

NECSTouR members are driving the green and digital transition of destinations and mainstreaming funds to make it possible without forgetting that without a talented workforce we cannot innovate so social innovation is a must in our strategies. This is why our network commits to keep exchanging and building knowledge and projects so none is left behind. Andalusia is proud to see NECSTouR leading the Regional Councillors Agenda of the TIS and I thank our members for bringing their valuable expertise into this forum: We leave Sevilla with useful take always and contacts and will come back next year thanks to our TIS partners.

Said Manuel Alejandro Cardenete Flores, President of NECSTouR.

NECSTouR is a strategic partner of the Tourism Innovation Submit and managed three panels dealing with “Shifting to Destination Marketing and Management Organisations”, “The Digital Transition of Destinations for Resilience and Competitiveness” And “Next Generation EU: The Reforms & Investments Fostering the Tourism Data Driven Culture”.

Key learnings to make possible the greening and digital transition of our heavily impacted sector, restoring travellers’ confidence while offering a safe and seamless travel, the Glasgow declaration pathway, digital solutions to increase business competitiveness and resilience, the policy framework conditions, enablers and funding namely the Next Generation EU instruments, where the core of the debate brought by institutions, from global WTTC to regional and local, entrepreneurs and experts from the travel tech and tourism.

The Spanish Tourism Minister, Reyes Maroto, attended the summit and announced that 300€ million will be invested by the Spanish Government in building a tourism intelligence platform.

This was also the occasion for the European Commission to confirm the 1€ million allocated to the creation of a European data space for tourism in the framework of the Digital Europe Programme.

NECSTouR monitors these opportunities for our members while we work with the TIS partners in a Manifesto gathering all the learnings of this successful congress.