The Secretary of State for Tourism urges the sector to participate in the creation of a tourism data space, a tool contemplated in the National Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan 'Spain Maybe' that seeks to ensure that companies share information safely with the In order to improve the offer and develop new products and services based on detailed knowledge of tourists.

“The creation of an industrial data space can now act as a catalyst for sustainable and innovative tourism development. For all these reasons, it is of the utmost importance that companies in the sector participate in this initiative, sharing data to create innovative and customizable tourism products or services that support the evolution of the sector ”, explains the Secretary of State for Tourism, Fernando Valdés, in an invitation to the tourism industry to respond to the expression of interest opened by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation (MINECO).

In an open letter, the Secretary of State urges the sector to join the Spanish GAIA-X Hub and the working group corresponding to the tourism data space. The deadline to respond to this expression of interest is open until 11:59 p.m. on July 23, 2021 through the following link:

Subsequently, the Secretary of State for Tourism, in coordination with MINECO, will organize a specific workshop on the tourism data space in the third quarter of 2021, which will mean the beginning of a conversation with the sector to define needs and determine resources necessary for the achievement of the proposed objectives.

“The tourism sector and the Administration must jointly determine the composition of the industrial data space. Elements such as mobility, security, supply and demand for tourism products or information on the environmental sustainability of destinations will be a priority in the data space, ”adds the Secretary of State in the letter.

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Tourism is an essential sector for the economy of our country. In 2019 it represented 12.4% of the national GDP and generated 2.72 million jobs.
After the pandemic, the tourism industry can find an excellent ally in the industrial data space, in the opinion of Fernando Valdés. Digital transformation and the use of data can be one of the levers to achieve an improvement in the quality of the offer.

This new infrastructure will also represent an effective tool for the updated and detailed diagnosis of tourist activity and to be able to analyze the situation in real time.
The industrial data space for tourism is proposed as a digital infrastructure so that the sector begins to work together through a data and reference architecture and without losing the sovereignty of its data.

From an operational point of view, it is intended to move towards predictive models and decision support systems. From a strategic point of view, it is about developing public policies and tourism plans based on evidence that allow the effectiveness of the actions to be traced.

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