Africa Tourism Partners is thrilled to announce the launch of the 6th Africa Youth in Tourism Innovation Challenge 2024.

A call is therefore being made to all the young people in Africa up to the age of 35 years to enter the Challenge.

The portal will be opened to receive entries on the 1st of November 2023 and close the 1st of March 2024.

The Africa Youth in Tourism Innovation Challenge is an exclusive platform being provided to innovative African youth in travel and tourism looking for funding, partnership and mentorship opportunities to present their projects to the global marketplace in order to find the required support for their projects.

This year, 114 entries were received from across Africa. Gloria Kisulu from Kenya emerged the winner of the 2023 Africa Youth in Tourism Innovation Challenge, followed by Cornelius Ugwunwa from Nigeria as the first runner-up and South African Ntshabo Lehong as second runner-up.

The winner of the Africa Youth in Tourism Innovation Challenge receives grant seed in cash and in-kind to value of USD USD10 000 with US1000 to USD1500 in cash to support his or her project.

The first and second runner up gets USD5000.00 grant seed in cash and in-kind, with USD500 to USD1000 in Cash support their projects.

Other benefits include complimentary enrolment for short courses provided by UNWTO, mentorship, partnership, potential funding support and career opportunities as well as opportunity to be part of an established network of Africa Youth in Tourism Mentors and Innovators and enrolment into the Africa Tourism Innovation Hub.

The challenge is a key component of the Africa Youth in Tourism Innovation Challenge and is held annually along with the Africa Youth in Tourism Innovation Summit. 2024 Summit will take place from 28 to 31 May, in Windhoek, Namibia.

This will be hosted by the government of Namibia through the Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism, which won the bid to host the Summit and the Innovation Challenge for three (3) years from 2022, 2023 and 2024 being the final year for Namibia to host the Summit.

Over 700 physical Pan-African and global youth in tourism, renowned travel and tourism industry thought-leaders, policymakers, investors, the media, women in tourism and key stakeholders are expected to gather in Namibia for the Summit.

The four-day program will include entrepreneurship Masterclasses, B2B sessions, exhibition, hosted buyer program, presentations, the Innovation Challenge and many more.

For more information about the Africa Youth in Tourism Innovation Summit 2024 and registration, Rejoice Chishamba on +27 (0)81 303 7030 or will be of great assistance.

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