Africa: South Africa to host first-ever Africa travel and tourism summit


The South African Department of Tourism and Tourism will host the first-ever Africa Travel and Tourism Summit.

The hybrid summit, which coincides with Tourism Month in South Africa, will take place from September 19 to 21, 2021.

The summit aims to be a catalyst for engagement on the current state of tourism on the African continent.

Speaking ahead of the summit, acting CEO of SA Tourism Sthembiso Dlamini said that given the challenges facing the global tourism industry, the Africa Travel and Tourism Summit will bring together, through various sessions engagement, the tourism industry to share ideas and ideas to explore collaborative efforts that can lead to healing.

With an array of issues currently facing the sector, Dlamini said the summit aims to attract delegates from the African community, African tourism ministers, industry associations, tourism boards, destination marketing organizations, as well as various partners in the tourism value chain.

He said some of the main topics to be discussed at the summit include aviation, innovation, technology, health and safety protocols currently in place, as well as the continent’s positioning after the COVID-19 pandemic. .

“The African continent is resilient and this summit is important, as it will help rekindle momentum within the sector as it works towards an inclusive recovery.

“The COVID-19 pandemic may have dealt a heavy blow to business and leisure tourism, but we are now in the recovery phase, and a summit of this nature is essential to ensure that we are aligned as that continent, while reviving the tourism industry, ”said Dlamini.

Dlamini noted that delegates attending the summit will have the option of attending virtually or at a identified location across South Africa, or at three additional locations across the rest of the African continent, pending COVID-lockdown regulations. 19.

“All sites will have COVID-19 health and safety protocols in place. We have opted for the hybrid format so that we, as a continent, lead the way in demonstrating how tourism can be safely enjoyed while respecting health protocols It is important that we are diligent in reviving the sector, as it contributes significantly to the African economy, ”said Dlamini.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the South African Department of Tourism as well as Tourism have not been able to host Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions (MICE) editions focused on Africa meetings and Africa’s Travel Indaba 2021 recreation, which typically takes place in February and May each year.

Africa Tourism Partners CEO Kwakye Donkor said that while the Africa Travel and Tourism Summit should not be seen as a replacement, it provides a platform to showcase leisure tourism offerings and capabilities. business events of the African continent.

“In the absence of Africa’s Travel Indaba in 2020 and 2021, the Africa Travel and Tourism Summit is an innovative initiative to promote intra-African tourism and also to share information on ‘readiness’ for South Africa and the rest. [of] Africa will welcome the world during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I congratulate South African Tourism and the South African National Convention Bureau, for once again showing commitment and leadership in promoting tourism across the continent. It will be great to meet traditional and emerging business partners again during the summit. a very successful summit, ”Donkor said.

Committed to the continued transformation and development of the South African tourism industry, the Africa Travel and Tourism Summit will offer on September 19 a day dedicated to the empowerment of small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) in the sector, as a prelude to the two-day conference. September 20 and 21, 2021.

Registrations for the summit will open on the afternoon of August 20, 2021.

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