The United Nations Development Programme in Bosnia and Herzegovina (UNDP in BiH), in cooperation with the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), within the BRIDGE project, financially supported by the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS), which is implemented in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Federal Ministry of Environment and Tourism and the Ministry of Trade and Tourism of Republika Srpska, he launched the UNWTO Student League for Bosnia and Herzegovina.
This innovative competition provides an exciting platform for tourism-oriented high school students and tourism undergraduate students to present sustainable solutions to the pressing challenges of the tourism sector.
The competition is open to high school students of tourism aged 14 to 18 and students of undergraduate tourism studies aged 19 to 25. Each team must consist of five students, representing one school, institution or university. Participants can apply online through this link starting Monday, March 27, 2023, with the deadline being Sunday, April 16. in 2023.
After registration, the challenge will be published on the UNWTO Student League platform, and teams will have six weeks to submit their solutions in English.
In support of the contestants, the platform will enable online sessions that will offer explanations and knowledge from top international and local experts on the subject of the challenge. The international jury will evaluate and score the solutions, and the result will be published on the UNWTO Student League platform. The four best teams from each category will advance to the final competition (Final4) in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which will be held in June 2023.
The winning team from each category will then progress to the international finals, to present their solution and compete against teams from other countries. The competition aims to empower and motivate young people to gain real-time experience in creating and presenting sustainable solutions to the challenges of the tourism sector. It will also enable them to present their solutions to other colleagues, exchange their innovative ideas, learn from each other and establish cooperation as future professionals in the tourism sector.
This year’s challenge is “Off the Beaten Track”, and the theme is Tourism in the service of rural development. The competition will bridge the gap between the education and training of students and the reality of the tourism sector, providing students with valuable insight into the employment opportunities available to them. Moreover, the competition aims to produce highly qualified professionals who are able to adapt to any situation that may arise.
The UNWTO Student League for Bosnia and Herzegovina provides an innovative environment for young people to demonstrate their creativity and knowledge in the field of solutions for sustainable tourism.
UNDP BiH hereby invites male and female students who will represent their institution at this competition and use the opportunity to present solutions to challenges in the field of tourism in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Registration: UNWTO Students’ League – Bosnia & Herzegovina 2023