Accelerate Innovative Start-Up and Travel-Trade Links

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In collaboration with UN Tourism, AfCFTA, MEFT (Namibia), Namibia Tourism Board, NIPDB, NEPAD and BDO, the 2024 Africa Youth in Tourism Innovation Summit has been curated to accelerate innovative travel industry and start-up linkages among all participants. 

The 6th and 2024 edition of the Africa Youth in Tourism Innovation Summit and Challenge (www.youthtourismsummit.com) is poised to accelerate business growth. Key among this year’s programme is Entrepreneurship Masterclass and Intra-Africa Trading Day. These are targeted at youth and women in tourism, businesses, start-ups, entrepreneurs, and all Namibian Tourism stakeholders to guide and assist them on how to improve their businesses or to source funding for start-ups across Africa’s tourism and related industries. 

Also, this well-thought capacity-building program aims to provide insights and guidance on how participants can connect to angel investors, innovative start-ups, travel tech innovators, and youth-run tourism businesses making waves in Africa. 

The Entrepreneurship Masterclass & Intra-Africa Trading Day will be characterized by Market Access Expo set-up, 1- on -1 Business Exchange, and Africa Tourism Innovation Challenge Boot Camp/Demo Lab. 

Among renowned international experts speaking at the Summit are

  • Dino Ballotti – Executive Director: MSME Development, Innovation & Acceleration, Namibia Investment Promotion and Development Board (NIPDB), 
  • Waseem Carrim – Chairperson, National Youth Development Agency, South Africa,
  • Dan D’souza – Senior Programme Manager, Intrapreneurship L Marks, United Kingdom, 
  • Akwasi Obeng-Adjei – Director of Audit: Wealth, Investment Management and Insurance, ABSA Bank, South Africa,
  • Joram Mwinamo – CEO & Founder, Wylde International, Kenya, 
  • Prof. Matshediso ‘Tshidi’ Mohapeloa – Acting Director of the Centre for Entrepreneurship Rapid Incubator, Rhodes University, South Africa,
  • Nombulelo Guliwe – CEO, South African Tourism,  Khaya Mbanga – Head Of Digital Advisory, BDO. 

This year’s Summit is set to host more than 650 physical delegates and over 2000 online participants from across the world. As the norm, the Ministry of Tourism, Environment, Forestry and Tourism Namibia will avail exhibition space to allow tourism stakeholders to sell their products and services to a wide range of participants. 

Namibia is a distinctive tourist destination and, we encourage all delegates to stay a day or two longer to indulge in some of Namibia’s famous delights including the dunes, wildlife, culinary aqua tourism, and nightlife (mention some of the famous destinations to visit). 

Register at www.youthtourismsummit.com to attend physically as there is limited space. Please also use SAA discount code on the website to qualify for discounted airfares and watch the space for discounted accommodation codes from Hilton Garden Inn, NUST Hotel School and Marriott soon. 

For more information about the Summit, exhibition, partnerships, sponsorships, and registration, please contact Ms. Rejoice Chishamba at: rejoice@africatourismpartners.com   / +27 (0) 11 318 1741 / +27 (0) 81 303 7030.

About Africa Tourism Partners

African Tourism Partners (ATP) – www.africatourismpartners.com is a UN Tourism- affiliated award-winning Pan-African tourism development and strategic destination marketing advisory firm.  The firm specializes in tourism and MICE strategy formulation, investment facilitation and promotion, research, master planning and destination market development and capacity building across Africa’s travel, tourism, hospitality, aviation and golf sub-industries.

Our clients and partners include but are not limited to UNWTO, World Bank, Mastercard Foundation, NEPAD, AfCFTA, South African Tourism, Ghana Tourism Authority, Tourism KwaZulu-Natal, Rwanda Development Board, Rwanda Convention Bureau, Rwanda Chamber of Commerce, SAACI, RwandAir, SAA, Ethiopia Airlines, Tanzania Tourism Board, Kenya Tourism Board, Uganda Tourism Board, Gauteng Tourism Authority, Zimbabwe Tourism Authority, Tourism Business Council of South Africa, Nigeria and more.

About UN Tourism (former UNWTO)

The UN Tourism is the United Nations agency responsible for the promotion of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism. As the leading international organization in the field of tourism, UNWTO promotes tourism as a driver of economic growth, inclusive development and environmental sustainability and offers leadership and support to the sector in advancing knowledge and tourism policies worldwide.

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