Abeiku Santana joins world tourism leaders at 6th Africa Youth In Tourism Innovation Summit in Namibia

Abeiku Santana joins world tourism leaders at 6th Africa Youth in Tourism Innovation Summit in Namibia

The 6th Africa Youth in Tourism Innovation Summit and Challenge kicked off in Windhoek, Namibia with a strong emphasis on the need for youth involvement in creating innovative solutions and boosting entrepreneurial endeavors.

The summit highlighted the importance of bridging the gap between academia and the youth, advocating for practical application of knowledge in the tourism sector.

Key discussions at the summit included the call for innovative interventions, support for entrepreneurial ventures, and the promotion of partnerships and collaborations.

The event, hosted by Africa Tourism Partners in collaboration with the UN Tourism and BDO South Africa, aims to empower young people in the tourism industry.

Hon. Pohamba Penomwenyo Shifeta, the Minister of Environment, Forestry and Tourism in Namibia, encouraged African youth to take advantage of opportunities in the tourism sector, particularly in technological innovation and the African continental trade initiative.

Ghana’s Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Hon. Andrew Egyapa Mercer, participated in a panel discussion focusing on advancing the voices of young women in travel, tourism, and tech entrepreneurship.

The summit also featured sessions on entrepreneurship, start-up funding, and societal shifts as drivers for success in the industry. With over 250 in-person attendees and 1500 virtual participants from across the continent and the globe, the event has attracted a diverse audience including ministers, tourism officials, policymakers, students, and entrepreneurs.

The Africa Youth in Tourism Innovation Summit and Challenge is a platform for young people to showcase their talents, network with industry professionals, and gain valuable insights to help them succeed in the tourism sector.

The event is set to conclude on May 31, 2024, leaving a lasting impact on the future of tourism in Africa and beyond.


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