CAPE TOWN – Round 200 delegates from throughout Africa flocked to Gugu S’thebe, Langa in Cape City for the Africa Journey Summit hosted by Airbnb in partnership with South African Tourism.
The summit will concentrate on how expertise may help extra folks profit from tourism.
Thirty excessive profile audio system and panellists will talk about methods through which tourism and expertise can allow financial empowerment throughout the African continent.
Airbnb in a press release stated the Journey Summit is a part of their $1 million funding to “promote and assist community-led tourism tasks in Africa”.
“Greater than 200 delegates shall be anticipated to share experience and concepts on what tourism can do to empower extra folks in Africa, hear from innovators who’re serving to democratise tourism in Africa, and study in regards to the Airbnb Africa Academy, Airbnb’s latest programme to attach underserved communities to tourism in South Africa by expertise,” Airbnb stated.
The primary day of the three-day summit kicked off on Tuesday with the Innovators Programme the place 15 African grassroots organisations from eight completely different international locations throughout the continent mentioned how the Airbnb Africa Academy may be expanded to new communities in Africa.
International Head of Public Coverage and Public Affairs for Airbnb, Chris Lehane stated: “Tourism has turn into a robust people-driven financial pressure and when accomplished proper it additionally has the facility to drive belonging by such people-to-people connections. With that energy comes a large duty. Tourism’s potential for inclusivity presents a chance to distribute the economics of a booming international business extra broadly, to communities and individuals who haven’t benefited from tourism earlier than. By internet hosting the Africa Journey Summit we’ll deliver collectively the main thinkers from what’s an extremely numerous continent in order that we are able to hear, study and apply these learnings. We need to talk about how we are able to study from what’s working in order to greatest leverage expertise and innovation to empower extra native households and their communities to learn from the economics of African journey.”
Delegates attending the summit can have a chance to attend a live performance listed on Airbnb, study conventional gumboot dance from locals internet hosting this expertise and they’ll additionally attend dinners throughout Cape City.
South African Tourism CEO, Sisa Ntshona stated: “It’s an honour for us to assist the primary Africa Journey Summit within the vibrant neighbourhood of Langa, Cape City. We’re thrilled that key decision- and policy-makers mixed with influencers and innovators from throughout Africa shall be becoming a member of this occasion. We’re sure that they are going to encourage and ignite much-needed debate round tourism in South Africa and the continent. Inclusivity is a key driver and focuses for us at SA Tourism, and Airbnb’s choices converse to this and in addition assist with offering quite a lot of choices for the home and worldwide traveller. Homestays are a brand new class for us to take a look at and dealing extra intently with Airbnb on this can actually help us in reaching our objectives of attracting further guests.”
The Africa Journey Summit is predicted to spark necessary conversations that may assist understand Airbnb’s imaginative and prescient to empower communities by residence sharing and selling people-to-people tourism that advantages native households.
– African Information Company (ANA)