According to WTTC global outlook 2017, 380 million jobs are anticipated to be supported by the travel and tourism sector by 2027. Yet, the sector’s contribution to African economies remains unrecognized. This is all about to change because of the inaugural forum.
The Travel and Tourism Event
Fast approaching is the first ever Africa tourism leadership forum. Taking place from 30th to 31st August 2018. Hosted in Accra, Ghana. Organized by Africans, for Africans and hosted in Africa, it is the first gathering of its kind. Key stakeholders in the industry are set to deliberate on initiatives to enhance intra-Africa travel. As well as talk on growth in the industry across the continent.
The Award Ceremony
Included in the event is an award ceremony. Awards are aimed at recognizing innovation pioneered by Africans, in Africa, for Africa. Categories for the awards are as follows:
- Leading in Progressive Policies Award
- Outstanding Entrepreneurship Award
- Women in Leadership Award
- Most Innovative Business Tourism Destination Award
- Outstanding Accommodation Facility/Group Award
- Outstanding Tourism Transportation Award
- Outstanding Africa Tourism Media Award
- Championing Sustainability Award
- Destination Africa – Lifetime Award
The Curators and what you can expect
This is an event initiated by Africa Tourism Partners (ATP) in collaboration with Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) and lead partner Grant Thornton. It is set to be an annual event. In attendance will be 300 industry professionals and 30 global industry experts from 30 different countries. Through knowledge sharing, learning and development, network and business linkages. It is an event designed to equip the private sector and small enterprises with skills and knowledge to effectively engage government on issues impacting the success of the industry.
The theme this year puts intra-Africa travel and growth through innovative leadership above all. Therefore, we know it is set out to be a considerably large step for an industry contributing so largely to the continent’s economy.
Author: Amanda Masuku
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