2022 Innovation Trophies: the finalists are…

Since 1934, even before paid holidays, L’Echo touristique has supported professionals in the sector as a media. And for ten years, we have been rewarding companies and other start-ups through a unique event, which will bring together travel professionals on July 7: the Tourism Innovation Trophies.

Due to the Covid-19 crisis, we had to postpone the 2020 edition. After a two-year forced break, the Innovation Trophies are back, much to our delight. The Tourist Echo will thus highlight the most innovative companies in different sectors. The winners will be chosen following the votes of Internet users and a jury of travel and digital experts.

Production Category Finalists

  • Yogascope stays and workshops: Yogascope is a specialist in stays around the practice of yoga and well-being. Registered with Atout France, the young company organizes retreats in France and abroad.
  • Odysway’s immersive journeys: Odysway creates and sells immersion trips, in small groups: in a family of shamans in Mongolia, alongside a shepherd in the Pyrenees…
  • Nomad’s space travels: Since 2019, Nomade Aventure has brought the space epic to life, through the discovery of emblematic sites in the United States or elsewhere in the world.

Distribution category finalists

  • The Kappa workshop (NG Travel): the original idea? A showroom for the Kappa Club concept, intended for travel agents. The workshop is now positioned as a collaborative place open to all professionals in the sector.
  • The Vialala platform: Vialala allows you to compose your tailor-made trip online, relying on travel planners: bloggers, guides, Airbnb hosts, even freelance travel agents.
  • Exo Travel’s CO2 neutral stays: since 2019, the DMC Exo Travel has been calculating customers’ carbon footprint, raising their awareness of environmental protection, and encouraging them to offset their CO2 emissions.

The finalists of the France category

  • Croq-Trotteur: it is a solution intended for institutions such as tourist offices. Objective: to enable individuals to identify points of interest in a tourist area, via a digital platform.
  • GeoHorse Premium: created by the Fédération Française d’Equitation, this digital service provides access to equestrian itineraries, with stops for one night and points of interest.
  • Country houses: the concept ? Les Maisons de Campagne offer getaways in a charming all-inclusive establishment. With friends, family, or for a seminar.

Start-up category finalists

  • CozyCozy: it is a hosting meta-engine, connected to many platforms. The offers of Booking.com, Airbnb, Leboncoin, Abritel/HomeAway, HomeExchange, Gîtes de France, etc. are thus compared.
  • Atmo (formerly Froglabs): this start-up has developed an artificial intelligence tool to predict, for example, the impact of the weather on attendance at ski resorts and transport.

Accommodation category finalists

  • Batho: it is a shipyard that transforms pleasure boats at the end of their life into unusual accommodation on dry land. In 2019, Bathô installed its first accommodations in French campsites.
  • Hello Cabins: this designer of stopover huts wants to equip routes (cycling, walking, etc.) without accommodation. Delivered assembled, the huts do not require a building permit.

The finalists in the responsible tourism category

  • Wild Immersion: it is a young virtual reality company, to discover nature and raise awareness among younger generations about the preservation of the environment. Among its first clients was the Jardin d’Acclimatation (Paris).
  • Nomad train journeys: in order to reduce its carbon footprint, the tour operator has split all its best-selling trips in Europe (about 35) to offer them by train rather than by plane.

Finalists in the New Technologies category

  • Safety Line: Like an aerial Waze, Safety Line’s OptiDirect solution uses artificial intelligence to determine the best trajectories for a company (and therefore the least fuel-consuming). Transavia France is one of its first customers.
  • skip tax presents itself as the first French online VAT refund system approved and certified by the customs authorities. From an app, tourists can easily get their VAT refunded on their purchases in France.
  • Ezus (ex-Esus) is a young player in MICE, which automates and personalizes the creation of quotes. Its target: travel and event organizers such as agencies and receptives.

The finalists in the Incubator nugget category

For this new category, three incubators submitted applications for several of their nuggets. Only the jury then chose three finalists, who will pitch on the evening of the Innovation Trophies.

For Provence Travel Innovation, this is Workpackerswhich is developing a network of accommodation dedicated to teleworkers and other digital nomads.

AquaTech Innovationsupported by the Welcome City Lab, deploys solutions to reduce the environmental footprint of tourist activities,

This is Aglae who will represent the Open Tourisme Lab. It is a pioneer of luminescent plants, which reduces light pollution and electricity consumption. Chanel, L’Oréal, Disneyland Paris, Capgemini are among its clients.

The great evening for the presentation of the Innovation Trophies will bring together travel professionals on Thursday July 7, at the Pavillon Gabriel in Paris, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Will follow the Summer Travel Night, which will bring together travel agencies from 9 p.m. If you are a travel agent and wish to participate in this Summer Travel Night, please contact camille[a]eventiz.biz.

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The members of the 2022 jury

The 9e edition of the Tourism Innovation Trophies brings together 13 travel industry experts:

  • Marie Allantaz, travel management expert, ex-CEO of Escaet
  • Valérie Boned, General Secretary of Travel Companies
  • Julien Buot, director of Acting for Responsible Tourism
  • Alain Capestan, Deputy CEO of Voyageurs du Monde
  • Bryndis Eriksdottir, Director of APG France
  • Christine Giraud, President of Women in Tourism
  • Vanessa Heydorff, svp groupe and general manager France of Karhoo
  • Linda Lainé, editor-in-chief of L’Echo touristique
  • Marc Lolivier, General Delegate of Fevad
  • Julien Renoult, Director of Vocational Training School Y Schools
  • Christian Sabbagh, founding president of Orchestra
  • Frédéric Vanhoutte, President of Eventiz Media Group
  • Anna Veyrenc, Incubation Manager of the Welcome City Lab

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