WTM Africa Summit

WTM Africa Tourism Investors’ Summit to launch in 2019

Following on the success of the WTM Africa Tourism Investors’ Forum in 2018, WTM Africa has announced that it will expand on this successful initiative dedicated to highlighting investment potential and opportunities on the continent. The WTM Africa Tourism Investors’ Summit will span 11 and 12 April 2019, an expansion on what was just a single 45-minute slot on the programme in 2018

Carol Weaving, Managing Director at Reed Exhibitions, explains that through the years WTM Africa has recognised the need to host the WTM Africa Tourism Investors’ Summit. This initiative will allow potential investors to scope projects and opportunities across the continent, while also meeting with key stakeholders they can partner with to move ahead. “We are expecting a number of high-profile tourism representatives, from a number of countries in Africa, to attend this highly engaging summit.

"We will provide them with an opportunity to meet with a number of local and international investors in search of investment opportunities in the travel and tourism sector in various countries in Africa,” Weaving furthers.Taking place over two days, the WTM Africa Tourism Investors’ Summit will host keynote speakers from around the globe who will contribute their learnings, expertise, and unpack various investment opportunities Africa has to offer, not just in the travel and tourism sector, but also in lateral sectors that contribute to the industry.

“At a time when Africa is celebrating a new open skies policy and the African Union heads of state have launched a continent-wide free trade agreement, travel and tourism in Africa are poised to expand, accelerate and flourish in an unprecedented manner. However, to support this growth, there will be a need for significant investment in human resources, infrastructure, ICT, equipment, security, logistics, marketing capacity and more – to ensure that those travelling on the continent have the best experiences possible,” explains Michael Sudarkasa, CEO of Africa Business Group, and Co-Convener of the Africa Tourism Investment Summit.

The summit will focus on plenary discussions that will cover trends in investment, the variety of investment opportunities available in Africa, policy and case studies. In addition, it will encourage participation in breakaway sessions designed to open dialogue between public and private sector participants, forming practical solutions for investment.

The inaugural WTM Africa Tourism Investors’ Summit will take place on 11 and 12 April 2019. The full speaker programme will be available online at http://africa.wtm.com in due course, further announcements will be made on WTM Africa’s Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn accounts.

Travel Professionals in both the outbound and inbound tourism sectors are encouraged to join us at WTM Africa in Cape Town this year. To make sure you don’t miss out, register to attend on africa.wtm.com today!

SUMMIT OBJECTIVES

• Serve as a platform to match potential investors with tourism related investment opportunities in selected countries in Africa

• Create awareness about tourism related investment opportunities and incentives offered to potential investors

• Share investment trends, opportunities, challenges and policy issues that impact on the growth of tourism economies of African countries

• Facilitate public-private partnerships in the development of tourism across the African continent KEY ISSUES

• Air & Sea Access, Public Transport, Road Infrastructure

• Information Communication Technology

• Tourism Facilities & Attractions

• Human Resource Development

• Entrepreneurial Support

• Public-Private Partnership in Infrastructure Development

• Opportunities in the MICE sector

• Eco-Tourism / Sustainable Tourism Background

• Over the past five years Africa’s Premiere Travel Trade Show, WTM Africa, has succeeded in attracting hundreds of international buyers and thousands of senior travel professionals from 72 countries attending the event each year translating into millions of dollars for Africa’s tourism economy.

• The success of the WTM Africa Tourism Investors’ Forum in 2018 led to the launch of a two-day Tourism Investor Summit that will take place on 10 and 11 April 2019 alongside WTM Africa

• The Summit will allow potential investors to scope tourism development projects and opportunities across the continent

• Speakers from around the globe will share their learnings, expertise, and unpack various investment opportunities Africa has to offer, not just in the travel and tourism sector, but also in lateral sectors that contribute to the growth of Africa’s tourism industry.

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