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ENTERing the future – Outdooractive@Enter21

Outdooractive is thrilled to play an active role in this year’s ENTER Conference, appearing as speakers as well as mentors for the Innovation Challenge – ICT for Sustainability and eQuality.

ENTER Conference is an annual event of the International Federation for IT and Travel & Tourism – IFITT community (ifitt). The conference offers a worldwide and unique forum for attendees from industry, academia, government, and other organizations. It aims to actively exchange, share, and challenge state-of-the-art research and industrial case studies on the application of information and communication technologies in travel and tourism.

Dr. Dominik Huber (Research Manager) and Martin Soutschek (Director R&D) will present industry insights on opportunities and challenges of digital visitor management in times of the Covid-19 pandemic. Experiences from Germany show that there is a clear need for collaboration, governance, and open data leadership to provide effective solutions for sustainable visitor management. Drawing on insights from Outdooractive research, practical solutions to support holistic digital visitor management strategies based on data spaces and artificial intelligence technologies are presented.

In the student challenge, participating teams of over 40 students are prompted to identify solutions for four open topics and submit their innovative concept together with a demonstrator in the form of a mock-up, screenplay, or interface prototype. The top 5 concepts selected by a jury of eTourism and sustainability experts will be invited to be presented online during the ENTER21 @yourplace. The winners will be announced on as well as promoted via tourism media and social media channels. Additionally, a free two-year IFITT membership will be awarded to the top two teams.

What Outdooractive offers:

  • Expert support from Outdooractive R&D
  • The opportunity to create real impact for sustainable tourism development
  • Participants of the challenge will receive a free Outdooractive Pro+ membership for one year

We are very excited to support two student groups in generating innovative ideas and solutions in the area of sustainability and eTourism. The start with highly motivated students was very promising: The two groups will look into gamification approaches and travel decision support mechanisms, which will inspire our future Outdooractive platform development.“ (Dr. Dominik Huber, Research Manager)