WTM Africa Tourism Investors’ Summit to launch in 2019

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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 FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn accounts.

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Born in Zimbabwe and living in South Africa, Miriro is a seasoned publishing editor and writer, having worked with leading brands in investment, business leadership and entrepreneurship. Passionate about Africa’s development, Miriro is also a dynamic marketing consultant with 10 years experience working with startups and large multinational corporations. With a heart for travel, Miriro spends her time discovering the nooks of crannies of Africa’s hidden gems, taking the roads less travelled, meeting the beautiful people and enjoying their food and culture. She enjoys tackling complex strategic challenges in the passion-to-entrepreneurship pipeline, particularly focused on the implications of 4th Industrial Revolution and workforce automation on Africa's travel and tourism industry. Miriro is currently the Managing Editor of Nomad Africa magazine.

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