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South African Airways partners the Africa Youth In Tourism Innovation Summit to be held in Swakopmund, Namibia, from 31 May to 2 June 2023

Johannesburg, Thursday, 12 May 2023

Swakopmund, Namibia
Photo by Grant Durr on Unsplash

South African Airways, the flag carrier airline of South Africa has partnered the Africa Youth in Tourism Innovation Summit 2023 (www.youthtourismsummit.com). The partnership aims to offer discounted airfares to all delegates travelling to Namibia from various destinations serviced by SAA to the Summit.

The Summit is scheduled for 31 May 2023 to 02 June 2023 and will be held in the coastal city of Swakopmund. Delegates may choose to fly to Windhoek and join ground transfers provided by the event’s organising partners at no extra cost.

Building up to the success of the Africa Youth in Tourism Innovation Summit 2022, this year’s Summit is set to host 350 physical delegates and over 1500 online participants from across the world. As the world meets in Namibia, various activities, including the Dolphin cruise, sunset cruise, cultural tours and the Doon 7 experience, are among the activities the delegates can indulge in.

The Ministry of Tourism, Environment, Forestry and Tourism Namibia has availed exhibition space for tourism stakeholders and delegates to showcase their products and services. Other key sessions are B2B Speed Marketing Sessions, MICE and Digital Marketing Masterclass as well as the presentation of Namibia’s investment opportunities and leisure tours.

Among the invited speakers are Gonaya Monei E. Sethora – Women and Youth in Trade Expert | Directorate of Institutional Matters and Programme Coordination (DIMPC), AfCFTA Secretariat, Prudence Sebahizi – Director | Directorate of Institutional Matters and Programmes Coordination (DIMPC), AfCFTA Secretariat, Dr. Urs Aebischer – Founder of DISEO Switzerland, Kele Tlouane – DDG, TEDET, Limpopo, South Africa, Ian Putter – Head Blockchain Centre of Excellence, Regional Director Blockchain Research Institute Africa and Board member of Hedera Hashgraph, Switzerland, Dr. Isobel Green – Head of Department: Hospitality & Tourism, Namibia University of Science & Technology, Namibia, Alka Bhatia – UNDP Resident Representative to the Namibia, Shabnam Vadachia – Head of Sales Market, Fly SAA, South Africa, Ibukunoluwa Salau – Founder and CEO, Direx, Nigeria, Cornelius Ugwunwa – CEO, Kardinal Technologies Inc, Nigeria, Lehong Ntshabo – Managing Director, Makeeda HTW, South Africa, Mikul Shah – Co-Founder & CEO, Purple Elephant Ventures, Kenya.

Announcement of the top 5 finalists of the Africa Youth in Tourism Innovation Challenge 2023 will be made on the 02 June 2023. This will be preceded by a boot camp for the finalists and their mentors. Registrations for both physical and virtual participants are ongoing. Interested persons may visit www.youthtourismsummit.com. For more information about the Summit, exhibition, partnerships, sponsorships, registration, please contact Ms. Rejoice Chishamba at: rejoice@africatourismpartners.com / +27 (0) 11 318 1741 / +27 (0) 81 303 7030.