Cities need a different kind of leader

A chat about smart cities with Volker Reinert, COO, SAP Latin America. “We speak about digitization in the private sector quite a bit, and about becoming smarter, becoming an intelligent enterprise,” said Volker Reinert, COO Latin America of German software giant SAP. He thinks that this discussion should have the same relevance and be just as frequent when applied to cities. As with enterprises, to get cities transformed, Volker Reinert places a high responsibility on leadership. “We need a different kind of leader. Somebody who understands technology, who knows how to apply technology to create a smarter city. That is something we probably need to foster.” SAP wants to partner with these leaders, and educate them on the possibilities that […]


Global Tourism Industry on Track for Full Recovery by 2024

The global tourism industry is set to reach, and possibly surpass, pre-pandemic levels by the end of 2024, according to the World Economic Forum (WEF). Five years post-COVID-19, the sector is experiencing a robust resurgence driven by a surge in international travel, improved air connectivity, and strong rebounds in key regions. However, global dynamics must be managed carefully to ensure stable and continuous growth. In 2023, international tourism reached 88% of its 2019 levels, a significant recovery favored by the reopening of Asian markets, as highlighted by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). The Middle East led the way, surpassing pre-pandemic levels by around 20%, with Europe, the Americas, and Africa following close behind at approximately 90% of their […]