THE importance of digital technologies in tourism, providing opportunities for innovation and preparing the sector for the future of work, is at the centre of World Tourism Day 2018, to be celebrated in Budapest, Hungary (27 September 2018).
World Tourism Day, celebrated every 27 September around the world, is a unique opportunity to raise awareness on tourism’s actual and potential contribution to sustainable development.
This year’s World Tourism Day (WTD) will help to put the opportunities provided to tourism, by technological advances including big data, artificial intelligence and digital platforms, on the map of sustainable development. The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) sees digital advances and innovation as part of the solution to the challenge of marrying continued growth with a more sustainable and responsible tourism sector.
“Harnessing innovation and digital advances provides tourism with opportunities to improve inclusiveness, local community empowerment and efficient resource management, amongst other objectives within the wider sustainable development agenda”, said UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili.
The WTD official celebration will be held in Budapest, Hungary, a country enjoying steady growth of tourism backed by consistent policy support and a commitment to the digital future. Other celebrations will take place worldwide.
The official celebration will also see the announcement of the semi-finalists of the 1st UNWTO Tourism Startup Competition, launched by UNWTO and Globalia to give visibility to startups with innovative ideas capable of revolutionizing the way we travel and enjoy tourism.
South Pacific Tourism Organization (SPTO) and Papua New Guinea Tourism Promotion Authority (PNGTPA) will respectively organize this day in PNG and the Pacific region.
With the theme of this year's celebrations, there are already tourism entrepreneurs getting into the newest technology - blockchain and cryptocurrency. Few of the many that are growing are; Airbnb, CryptoCribs and DeskBell Chain.
DeskBell Chain has launched a mobile application that will help guests, hotels and tourism businesses to interact, advertise and use the application to their mutual motivation.
For the guest, the DeskBell Chain application will help you be guided quickly, easily and comfortably in the hotel you have checked in. You needn’t use books describing hotels options.
For the hotels, it is an application that connects it's guests on the space to interact with other guests and brings every hotel services to their phone whilst they are busy at the conference room.
For the tourism businesses, mostly the SMEs in the sector will find this application very handy and is developed for them to use the space to advertise their products and services.
It is a completely new project that has appeared, which significantly changes the perception of the hotel industry and opens up great opportunities for all its participants.
The blockchain platform DeskBell Chain positions itself as the first and unique free technological complex for the global hotel industry in its kind.
The main driving force of the functioning ecosystem is DeskBell Token (DBT), which is the internal currency of the platform. The mechanisms of the ecosystem of mutual motivation will be provided by Ethereum smart contracts, expanding the scope of practical implementation of blockchain technologies in the world.
In order to present an advanced monetization system of the processes in the tourism industry, as well as to conduct a large-scale marketing campaign, the developers presented their product on the ICO that will end on November 1st, 2018.
DeskBell Chain is based on the existing DeskBell Service for the hotels and is based in Estonia.
DeskBell mobile applications accessible for iOS and Android are available. Can be downloaded on the following links:
|2018 National Mask Festival & Warwagira in Papua New Guinea. This traditional dance is one of the many dances that performs at various events including World Tourism Day celebrations in the previous years. Image: PNGPTA.|
|@ The National Mask Festival & Warwagira, Papua New Guinea.|
|The extraordinary Sulka Double Headed Mask - Papua New Guinea.|
|Atabaran Mask-Napapar, a dance of endurance and stamina. PNG.|
|Young boys from Papalaba perform the Akokomo mask dance. PNG.|