On December 6, under the expectations and attention of the global community of science and technology innovation, the Tourism Bureau under the Ministry of Transportation and Communications graciously handled the 2020 Tourism Innovation & Tech Awards final and award ceremony. Despite the severity of the global pandemic, this year's competition still successfully attracted 196 tech tourism startup teams from 15 countries around the world—surpassing the 140 teams from 12 countries that were present in the first edition of the event.
Chang Shi-chung, director of the Tourism Bureau of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications, made a special appearance this year to encourage new teams and issue the top three winners a total of 1.8 million in bonuses; and addressed in his speech that under the cover of the global pandemic, the creativity, interactivity and maturity of the year's works, along with the analysis and application of data, as well as the use of AR and big data analysis technologies have quickly met the needs of the tourism industry in the post-pandemic era in Taiwan. This year's final and award ceremony was also the first time the Ministry of Communications' Tourism Bureau set up the Technology Tourism Experience Hall, breaking through the current imagined framework of tourism. After experiencing the team's work, the director praised the advanced transformation and solidarity within Taiwan's tourism industry he had witnessed.
The 2020 and second edition of the Tourism Innovation & Tech Awards—Video of competition highlights.
The 2020 and second edition of the Tourism Innovation & Tech Awards—Team interviews.
In 2018, the Tourism Bureau under the Ministry of Transportation and Communications worked across sectors for the first time, combining domestic and startup technology with energy from the tourism industry to host the first Tourism Innovation & Tech Awards, drawing strong suppport from Science and Technology Political Commissar Audrey Tang, Minister of Transportation and Communications Lin Chia-lung, and former Director-General of the Tourism Bureau Chou Yung-hui. Starting from January 1, 2019, then undergoing a five-month process, two stages of selection were completed. Among the 140 works from 12 countries around the world, the final 20 works were selected to advance to the finals, going on to the international startup exhibition, InnoVEX, and competing in the million PITCH competition, where the first prize of a million dollar bonus was awarded. The winner of the first prize, Funliday, with support from the competition, went on to the Singapore ITB Asia exhibition to present their work, attracting great attention and interest from numerous foreign manufacturers.