More global travel and tourism thought-leaders have joined 2023 Africa Tourism Leadership Forum 2023 and AfCFTA Forum on Tourism, Creative and Cultural Industries speaker line-up.

A few among these opinion leaders are H.E. Zurab Pololikashvili – the Secretary General of UNWTO; Keith Vincent – CEO, Wilderness Holdings; Senthil Gopinath – Chief Executive Officer, ICCA; Emily MBURU-NDORIA – Director, Directorate of Trade in Services, Investment, Intellectual Property Rights & Digital Trade, AfCFTA; Minister Philda Kereng – Minister of Environment and Tourism; Evelylne Freiermuth – Government Affairs Director, WTTC; Mikul Shah – Co-founder, Purple Elephant Ventures, Kenya – Robyn Williams – MRICS, CA(SA) – Senior Vice President – JLL, South Africa and Derek Hanekom, Chairperson of South African Airways, Didier Dogley – Founder and Director Inspire for Tomorrow Consulting Services company Seychelles & Former Minister of Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports & Marine, Seychelles.

In addition to more Thought-leaders joining the speaker line-up, AfCFTA has partnered with Africa Tourism Partners to launch the inaugural AfCFTA Forum on Tourism, Creative and Cultural Industries as a key component of the 2023 Africa Tourism Leadership Forum and Awards. The goal is to amplify the contribution of tourism, creative and cultural industries to intra-Africa trade.

Also, private – public with AfCFTA leadership at the Forum will explore measures to mainstream sustainability practices across African travel, tourism and hospitality touch points.

This will be done by sharing insights on how stakeholders can create a balance between Green thinking, Innovation and Profitability.

This will serve as practical learnings for investors, entrepreneurs, accommodation and conference facilities. Other key areas of focus are hospitality and tourism franchising, tourism concession management, digitalisation and media relations, management of bid data, youth travel business opportunities and women in tourism employability and entrepreneurship.

Over 500 physical participants including thought-leaders, media, travel trade, industry practitioners, hoteliers, policymakers, renowned experts and more are expected to attend the Africa Tourism Leadership Forum & Awards (ATLF) 2023 in Gaborone Botswana.

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