›Space for Tourism Funding Call Webinar
Tourism is a large contributor to many national economies; according to statistics prior to the pandemic, the sector would directly contribute on average with 4.4% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), and 21.5% of service exports in Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries [OECD Tourism trend Policies, 2020].
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the actions and countermeasures being undertaken to limit its spread, have altogether triggered an unprecedented crisis in the tourism economy, whose impact is spreading throughout the entire tourism ecosystem and beyond, with foreseen long-lasting societal and economic effects. Beyond the tangible and short-term consequences to the tourism sector, the pandemic is expected to have a knock-on effect on travellers’ behaviour. Travellers will need to be reassured of safety during travels as well as at their destinations. To accomplish this, a concerted set of actions involving both private and public sector has to be undertaken to elevate new safety, health and hygiene standards, and give visibility of well-thought processes to objectively assess those.
Despite the challenges, such crisis creates the opportunity to rethink tourism and promote a structural transformation of this sector towards a stronger, more sustainable, and resilient tourism economy. Connectivity and digital transformation are required for the sector to initiate such a purposeful innovative journey while responding to the COVID-19 challenges. Initial indications are that the current crisis is accelerating the digital transformation of the sector. Digital solutions are being developed to create live tourism experiences and will be increasingly deployed to support virtual experience for remote destinations.
In this context, ESA in cooperation with the World Tourism Forum Lucerne (WTFL) is planning to issue an Announcement of Opportunities (AO) for the development of space-based services enabled by innovative digital solutions to support tourism and travel industry in their transition to the new normal.
- Davide Coppola (ESA)
- Mina Syriou (ESA)
- Martin Barth - World Tourism Forum Lucerne (WTFL)
- Elena Cholakova - World Tourism Forum Lucerne (WTFL)
- Ana Agostinho - Mirpuri Foundation
- Alfred Schumm - World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)
- Martina von Münchhausen - World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)
- Paras Loomba – Global Himalayan Expedition (GHE)
26 January 2022, 11:00 CETTweets by spaceagenda