Johannesburg, Monday 19 September 2022: The call for nominations for the 5th Africa Tourism Leadership Forum and Awards have now been closed. The Africa Tourism Leadership Forum and Awards which strive to recognize and honor change-makers and innovation pioneered by Africans, in Africa, for African travel tourism, hospitality, aviation and related industries, is scheduled for 24 to 26 October 2022 in Gaborone, Botswana.
With more than 160 nominations received from across Africa, this year marks the highest number of entries received since inception of the awards in 2018. All nominations will be sent for consideration to a panel of judges who will be looking for the most outstanding and innovative projects with measurable results, projects and initiatives that demonstrate consistent achievements over a minimum period of 2 years as well as demonstrating sustainability of their operations in terms of the economic, environmental and social impact in line with the selection criteria
As part of the adjudication process, the shortlisted nominees will be announced and contacted to attend the awarding ceremony where the winners and runners-up will be announced at the Awards taking place in Gaborone, Botswana.
Additionally, the winners of the Africa Youth in Tourism Innovation Challenge will also be announced alongside the Africa Tourism Leadership Awards on the same night of the awarding ceremony on 26 October 2022.
The Africa Youth in Tourism Innovation Challenge is an exclusive platform created for innovative African youth in travel and tourism who seek funding, partnerships, and mentorship opportunities to present their projects to the global marketplace with the aim of facilitating an opportunity for them in finding the necessary support for their programmes and for employment creation
Despite the vast potential on the African continent, tourism only accounts for at least 3% of sub-Saharan Africa’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), except for a few countries, the sector is still in its infancy in Africa.
Africa and the developing world in general are challenged with finding sustainable solutions to the current challenges facing young entrepreneurs and the tourism stakeholders of the future. The possibility of a digital economy, while real, presents a host of opportunities which must be leveraged across the continent and the globe.
Considering these potentials, the sector contributes immensely to the continent’s developmental agenda – including job creation, community development and the involvement of young people. It is against this background that Botswana Tourism Organisation (BTO), Africa Tourism Partners in collaboration with United Nations tourism agency, UNWTO, and group accounting firm, BDO, will bring together African tourism stakeholders from the 24th to 26th October at the Gaborone International Convention Centre, Grand Palm, Gaborone, Botswana for the 5th Annual Africa Tourism Leadership Forum and Awards.
The goal is to infuse thought leadership and innovation that will bring the dynamism to the tourism sector. At least 70 world-renowned global industry experts and speakers will interact with business leaders, ministers, policy makers, and with over 350 delegates from over 30 countries attending this event over the three days.
The 2022 and 5th Africa Tourism Leadership Forum will also include the following in their programming:
- Africa Private Sector Associations Inaugural Closed Session Gathering on Monday 24 October 2022
- Africa MICE and Digitalization Masterclasses on Monday 24 October 2022
- The Africa Travel and Tourism CEOs and Executives Forum on Tuesday 25 October 2022
- The Africa Tourism Leadership Forum on Wednesday, 26 October 2022
- The Africa Tourism Leadership Awards on Wednesday, 26 October 2022
Space is available to register for physical attendance, one-on-one B2B session, desk-top exhibition and virtual participation.