International Coalition of Tourism Partners supports uplifting new technology development
This “Super Wi-Fi” technology leverages unused TV spectrum to provide Internet access at broadband types of speed. Its main advantages are that it can cover distances anywhere between three and ten times greater than those covered by existing unlicensed wireless solutions and that its signal is much less impeded by obstructions such as walls and buildings.
The Super Wi-Fi can not only reduce the digital divide between rural and urban areas, as well as between developed and less-developed countries, at an affordable price, it can also do so sustainably. Indeed, base stations can be designed to run on wind or solar power, therefore, creating a green and sustainable broadband solution.
As expanding connectivity goes hand in hand with expanding tourism, such disruptive innovation is primordial. McCosker predicts that universal access to broadband will be one of the most important drivers of economic growth supporting the growth of inbound and outbound tourism in the coming decade.
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Professor Geoffrey Lipman President of the International Coalition of Tourism Partners (ICTP) and Director of greenearth.travel said: “We are incredibly excited about the prospects of this new technology, because it has the capacity to hyper connect at the base of the pyramid. The question then emerges as what the connected people do with it, and that’s where we believe that community-based “travelism” can be an incredible catalyst for the whole development framework – with integrated lodges, eco-tourism circuits, education, digital learning spaces, and NGOs/social entrepreneurship undertakings.”
Professor Lipman then added, “We are planning to build on this disruptive technology, and particularly to bring into play the impact investment dimension with our GATEtrip partner, linking the world of alternative finance with the incredibly powerful travel and tourism development chain.”
The International Coalition of Tourism Partners (ICTP) is a grassroots travel and tourism coalition of global destinations committed to quality service and green growth. ICTP engages communities and their stakeholders to share quality and green opportunities including tools and resources, access to funding, education, and marketing support. ICTP advocates sustainable aviation growth, streamlined travel formalities, fair coherent taxation, and investments for jobs. ICTP supports the UN Millennium Development Goals, the UN World Tourism Organization's Global Code of Ethics for Tourism, and a range of programs that underpin them.
More information on ICTP: www.tourismpartners.org
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