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BTEA to Host the UNWTO Tourism Tech Adventures: Big Data Solutions in Tourism Forum on November 1st
24 October, 2018
Coinciding with the 109th session of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Executive Council, the Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority (BTEA) announced that it will be hosting the ‘UNWTO Tourism Tech Adventures: Big Data Solutions in Tourism’ forum on the 1st of November 2018.
The forum, held in collaboration with the UNWTO and IE Business School, will bring together  various representatives from governments and the public sector, industry leaders, entrepreneurs and startups, investors, representatives from the academic sector, as well as business supporters with the ultimate goal of stimulating innovation, entrepreneurship and investments in the tourism sector, also focusing on the use of big data solutions in tourism and how they can power new and upcoming business models through innovation.
 “As a member of the UNWTO Executive Council for two terms of the General Assembly, which runs until 2021, it gives us great pleasure to host the ‘UNWTO Tourism Tech Adventures: Big Data Solutions in Tourism’ forum which gives attendees the opportunity to network and engage with key players of the international entrepreneurial ecosystem,” said the Chief Executive Officer of BTEA, H.E. Shaikh Khaled bin Humood Al Khalifa.
“The Forum will be a driving force enabling tourism startups to grow internationally by providing an excellent platform for innovators in tourism to connect with top global investors, corporates and supporting business partners,” he added.
In addition, the forum will include activities for startups including a masterclass and a competition, two panel sessions on Smart Tourism Management and Big Data Solutions in Tourism, as well as a Ministerial Masterclass.
The UNWTO was established in 1975 and is based in the Spanish capital of Madrid. It is concerned with countries’ political affairs in terms of tourism and produces statistics on tourism demand and supply worldwide. Its membership includes 145 countries, comprises six regions, and 350 Affiliate Members representing the private sector, educational institutions, tourism associations and local tourism authorities.