Today, the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism opened the period for requesting grants aimed at stepping up the digitisation of companies in the tourism sector, with a budget of 25 million euros aimed at the development and implementation of unique and transformational technology projects.
The digitalisation of the tourism sector is considered key if we are to continue attracting tourists who are ever more hyper-connected, and provides stays with greater added value. With this in mind, the Plan for the Modernisation and Competitiveness of the tourism sector, financed using Next Generation EU funds, places an emphasis on the digitisation of tourist companies and destinations.
Grants of between €300,000 and €5 million
The Official State Gazette (BOE) has published an extract of the call, meaning that starting of today and lasting for one month, the application period will remain open on the Ministry’s website.
Companies in the tourism sector may apply as a group and have at least one technological partner for the subsidies, ranging in value from €300,000 to €5,000,000. This programme is part of the plan to modernise the tourism sector and make it more competitive (component 14 of the Recovery Plan) and is structured around two lines of action:
Line 1: For innovative technological development projects that integrate emerging or newly developed medium/low risk technologies, and that improve the competitiveness of the tourism sector by incorporating emerging or newly developed technologies in the field of the internet of things, 5G, big data, cybersecurity or mobile applications, with no limitation on the number of projects that can be funded. €20 million has been allocated to this line of action, and funding will be available for projects with a minimum budget of €500,000, and a maximum of €5 million.
Line 2: For projects focused on the implementation and take-up of new technologies that incorporate low-risk technologies previously tested on the market. €5 million has been allocated to this line of action, and funding will be available for projects with a minimum budget of €300,000, and a maximum of €750,000.
The Ministry has set up the following inbox to answer questions: firstname.lastname@example.org. All the information related to this initiative can be consulted at the following link: https://www.mincotur.gob.es/portalayudas.