UNWTO Students’ League - What

UNWTO Students’ League - What


The UNWTO Students’ League, creates an innovative environment that helps National public and private sector stakeholders to foster talent development and obtain innovative sustainable solutions for the challenges they face. This initiative empowers and motivates travel & tourism students to get involved within the industry and participate in this world students tourism league getting real-time experience from the sector by creating and presenting innovative solutions for the challenges that the sector is facing nowadays. This tool also bridges the gap between students’ education and training and the realities of our sector because by working on creating these sustainable solutions, these young people then enter the labor market as highly qualified and skilled professionals capable of adapting to any situation that may arise.

Challenges are aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals, placing an emphasis on Goals 8, 12 and 14, in which tourism is featured and will match the SDGs requirements.

The 2021 Global UNWTO Students League​​​​​​

The 2021 Global UNWTO Students League also aims to reach out to younger ages and introduce them to our amazing sector and therefore the Challenges this year have been created for 4 age/study categories.

    • 2 independent Challenges to choose from:
      • 1 on Rural development through Tourism
      • 1 on Plastics Pollution
    • Participants: Students from Schools/Institutions/Universities around the world, in 4 categories:
      • 11 to 13 year olds - Registration per school (the school decides how many students work on the solution and designates a representative among the participating students)
      • 14 to 18 year olds - Team of 5 students 
      • Undergraduate Tourism students (19 to 25 year olds) - Team of 5 students 
      • Tourism Master degree students (maximum 29 years old) - Team of 5 students 
    • 2nd step: Challenges will be published for all previously registered and confirmed participants in May on UNWTO Students League Platform so that they can start working on their solutions
    • 3rd step: Students/Teams will have a set time to answer with their solution in English - the challenge will contain all the necessary information regarding format, length, etc to present the solution
    • Mentoring sessions for the students
    • 4th Step: International Jury panel will evaluate and score the solutions 
    • 5th Step: Publication of Scoreboard
    • 6th step: Online Final4 competition with the 4 top Teams (Undergrads and Master Students) 
    • Winning solutions will be published in UNWTO e-publication
    • Exciting prizes for the winners and possible internship opportunities (for Undergrads and Master degree Students)
    • The winning Teams* will participate in UNWTO General Assembly and will have the opportunity to meet UNWTO Member State representatives and give the audience an insight into their thoughts about the Tourism Sector, it's future and how they see themselves in the sector in the future.

      * in the case of 11-13 yrs-old category, the Institution representative (student) will participate.