Driving blockchain in the tourism sector

SEGITTUR and the Alastria Association Network Consortium have signed a collaboration agreement to promote knowledge of blockchain technology in the tourism sector, and also to share successful experiences in the use of this technology.

Blockchain establishes innovative ways of transmitting information through new, more transparent governance systems, and optimises and streamlines management processes, for example by facilitating a model of distribution and exchange in different economic sectors.

The agreement, which has been endorsed by Enrique Martínez Marín, President of SEGITTUR, and the General Manager of Alastria, Montse Guardia Güell, will establish coordination mechanisms that will help us to join forces to widely communicate the potential and advantages of this technology.

To this end, the organisation of joint promotion and dissemination activities such as conferences, workshops and lectures is envisaged, as well as the exchange and circulation of studies, reports and research that will help to improve knowledge of this type of technology.

The exchange of information regarding the development of standards, as well as the monitoring of observatories and forums, in relation to decentralised/blockchain technologies is also planned.

The president of SEGITTUR highlighted the importance of this technology, as blockchain can provide security and transparency at different points in the tourism value chain.

For her part, the General Manager of Alastria explained that “blockchain technology represents a quantum shift in the way value is transmitted between many different stakeholders; it’s a new way of transmitting information and knowledge, rather than data. Thanks to blockchain we can monitor our processes and make information more secure, and above all more reliable”.

Alastria is a non-profit association that supports the digital economy by promoting decentralised/ blockchain technologies. It is a Spanish multi-industry consortium of international scope, comprising organisations both large and small from a multitude of sectors: companies (micro-enterprises, SMEs and large companies), academic institutions (universities, business schools, training centres, and technology and science parks) together with public administrative bodies.