Saturday, October 1 2022

The Africa Youth Tourism Summit organized by the United Nations World Tourism Organization Africa Region in partnership with the Namibian Ministry of Tourism, Environment and Forests recently concluded with the presentation by the NANTA President, Ms. Susan Akporiaye, for a paper on Education Profiling in Travel, Tourism and Technology.

Ms. Akporiaye represented for Nigeria at the conference attended by UNWTO Africa Region Director, Ms. Alicia, His Excellency Sen Pang, United Nations Resident Coordinator, Namibia and Theofilus Nghitila, Executive Director of the Namibian Ministry of environment, forests and tourism, who presented a far-sighted recovery plan. for Namibian tourism, after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Incidentally, NANTA and the private sector in Nigeria were Nigeria’s saving grace at this conference attended by African nations keen to put youth tourism at the center of their tourism economy.

Ms. Akporiaye, a notable youth tourism influencer in Nigeria, brings her wealth of experience as President of NANTA, Nigeria’s largest travel trade association, to navigate, interpret and share entrepreneurial skills beneficial to youth in tourism in Africa.

At the Ministerial Roundtable, Nigeria was not represented as the country plans to host the UNWTO in November in Lagos.

In the different sections of the think tank, questions on the financial reshaping of SME finance in the post-COVID era were discussed. On travel technology, Wakanow CEO, Mr. Adebayo Adedeji joined the discussion virtually, along with John Friel, Country Manager Travel Starts South Africa, Iddy John, CEO Safari wallet Tanzania and David Akinin, Founder and CEO Jabu, gave fresh air to what is expected on travel technology with professional skill.

There were also lessons on the great opportunities to “re-imagine future work and skills development” in tourism, travel, hospitality and aviation that the Hon. Dr Itah Kanjii-Muranji, Namibia’s Minister of Higher Education, Technology and Innovation, gave an insider’s blast and was moderated by Digu Naobeb, Chief Executive of the Namibia Tourism Board. Namibia.


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