New Delhi (NVI): After attaining a high stature at global level, the World Tourism Forum Lucerne (WTFL) is making its debut in India and has received over 200 participation requests for the upcoming Start-up Innovation Camp, 2019.
According to a statement, the first of its kind competition in India had open entries for start-ups focusing on culture, community, conservation and commerce in the field of travel, tourism and hospitality from the Indian subcontinent.
In collaboration with Tata Trusts, IHCL, Swissnex India and the Global Himalayan Expedition, the finalists will be announced at the Start-Up Innovation Camp to be held on December 18 this year.
In his addressing, Martin Barth, President & CEO, World Tourism Forum said, “We are excited to have received a great number of entries for our India episode. India is a very important market for us due to its niche product portfolio in travel and tourism,which is expected to grow almost 100 percent by 2028.
We are sure to make a mark and create awareness around the on-going environmental issues and look forward to holding more such engaging events in India in the coming years.”
WTFL’s entry into India is well-timed as the country braces up to revive ‘Brand India’ with the help of 5 Ts — Tradition, Talent, Tourism, Trade and Technology.
The WTFL is a globally renowned platform that provides world’s leading tourism, travel and hospitality leaders along with innovators to meet and shape a more sustainable future.
For the past 10 years, WTFL has given an exclusive ground to the budding businessmen by nurturing their innovations in this sector.
The Indian Start-Up Innovation Camp has already received over 200 nominations, with 95 percent entries are from Indian start-ups.
All the entries will be screened by the pre-selection jury and 40 game changing ideas will be presented to the panel of international judges.
The final 16 start-ups will be invited for the finale in Bengaluru to showcase their products. One winner under each category will take home 10,000 US Dollars each along with a personalized two-year mentoring by industry experts.