Junta promises a Silicon Valley of tourism tech innovation on the Costa

Marín at the meeting.
Marín at the meeting. / Salvador Salas
  • Andalucía Lab, near Marbella, will be the focus for investment from private companies in a 650,000-euro plan

Juan Marín, vice-president of the regional government and regional minister for Tourism, has said that the Junta is to invest 650,000 euros over three and a half years in upgrading its Andalucía Lab innovation centre.

It is hoped that the building, just east of Marbella, will become an enhanced centre for new ideas in technology to support the industry and a base for companies

Speaking at a forum in Malaga with local tourist leaders organised by SUR, Marín said, "We've activated the first international tourism and technology hub. We want to create an international community of professionals, experts, companies and specialists so that Andalucía can lead the future and the sector."

The first phase will involve promoting the initiative internationally before companies start to move in.