The 10th World Congress on Snow and Mountain Tourism brought together 400 attendees of more than 30 nationalities. This event, for which Andorra Telecom is the technology partner, is devoted to hospitality services in mountain resorts.
The scientific director of the congress, Christopher Hinteregger, summed up the conclusions of two days of work into four key areas: authenticity, experience, innovation and quality.
The possibilities offered by new technologies to improve and configure quality services were another significant aspect of the work carried out in this biannual event for those working in the mountain tourism sector.
Two hundred health workers from Andorra, France and Spain took part in the second Aptitude workshop at the Lauredià Cultural and Congress Centre in November, as part of the European Union’s Poctefa programme.
The goal of the presentations and working groups was to make progress in the prevention of dependency and in sustainable ageing. At the same time, a hundred volunteers aged over 65 from every parish in the country took part in a number of fragility prevention workshops.
Andorra is a member of the Aptitude project (Acting for trans-Pyrenean prevention of dependence in the elderly). One of the areas covered was that of boosting prevention, helping the elderly to acquire healthy habits and training health professionals to reduce fragility among the elderly.
The third edition of Inntec, the main event on Innovation in Andorra, was held in November. The seminar looked at the social and economic impact of new technologies and how they could be used to benefit society, under the title “Adapting to the digital revolution”.
The fifteen presentations and debates were held in two parallel sessions in two of the cinemas of the Illa Carlemany complex. The speakers included Elena Pisonero, the chairperson of Hispasat, who opened the sessions together with Gilbert Saboya, the Minister of Economy, Competition and Innovation.
Andorra Telecom is a member of the Actua Clúster for innovation and new technologies (AcTINN) and is one of the sponsors of the Inntec seminar.
The Andorra Telecom NiU sponsored the first conferences of the Google Start-up Grind, the largest entrepreneur community in the world. Gilbert Saboya, the Minister of Economy, Competition and Innovation, opened the presentations, streamed via Google for Entrepeneurs.
The second conference was given by Denise Matthews, operations manager of the Blockchain Innovation Centre, who used the example of Gibraltar to show the advantages of developments in Blockchain and Fintech for small jurisdictional areas like Andorra.
The first cycle of the Google Start-up Grind conferences in Andorra closed with the talk entitled “Tokenisation of sporting talent via Blockchain” by the specialist in sports management Sunil Bhardwaj, CEO and co-founder of Globaltalent.
Andorra Telecom provided technological support for the meetings of international bodies in Andorra. The 31st Parliamentary Assembly of La Francophonie met in October in Andorra la Vella, with the presence of representatives of twenty regional and national parliaments.
The meeting focused on sustainable tourism. The assembly passed a unanimous resolution calling on states to promote policies of full cooperation to improve the quality of local tourism, implement the conservation and enhancement of landscapes, a rigorous classification of tourist accommodation and legislation that balances the need for homes for local residents against the demand from tourism.