Africa Travel Week

African Tourism Investment Summit

Brought to you in partnership with
International Tourism & Investment Conference 

10:30 –10:45 CAT – Morning Conversations:

  • Rajan Datar, Presenter and Broadcaster, BBC
  • Dr. Taleb Rifai Chairman of ITIC & Former Secretary-General UNWTO
  • Carol Weaving, Managing Director, Reed Exhibitions South Africa.
  • Ibrahim Ayoub Group CEO & MD ITIC & Invest Tourism Ltd _______________________________________________________________________________________

10:45 – 11:15 CAT Economic Outlook

The economic landscape to optimise investment opportunities in the tourism sector in Africa

Rashid Toefy, Deputy Director General, Department of Economic Development & Tourism, Western Cape Government – in conversation with:

H.E. Wamkele Mene, Secretary General, African Continental Free Trade Area Secretariat and Chief Director, Africa Economic Relations, The Department of Trade & Industry, South Africa


11:15 – 11:45 CAT An enriching dialogue

How vaccination process will contribute to restore trust and a sense of security to restart the travel and tourism sector

Moderator: Rajan Datar, Presenter & Broadcaster, BBC


  • Hon. Siandou Fofana, Minister of Tourism Cote D’Ivoire
  • Tom Jones, Senior Partner, Finn Partners
  • Prof. David Heymann, Epidemiologist and Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology LSHTM


11:45 – 12:30 CAT Panel Discussion:

The changing landscape of capital raising, investment criteria and risk management to attract the ‘right’ investor for your project



  • KC Li Kwong Wing –Economist and Independent Director Afrexim Bank
  • Mobin Rafiq, Chairman Falcon House Properties, UK and Founder and CEO of Commonwealth Entrepreneurs Club
  • Ilse van Schalkwyk, Chief Director for Economic Sector Support, Western Cape, Provincial Department of Economic Development and Tourism. Western Cape Government
  • Alderman James Vos, Mayoral Committee Member for Economic Opportunities and Asset Management, City of Cape Town invitation


12:30-13:15 CAT – Panel Discussion

Rebuilding Africa’s travel and tourism sector while enhancing its resilience

Moderator: Prof. Lee Miles, Professor of Crisis and Disaster Management, University of Bournemouth, UK


  • Hon. Edmund Bartlett, Minister of Tourism, Jamaica
  • Hon. Ronald Chitotela, Minister of Tourism and Arts, Zambia
  • Hon. Minister David Maynier, Minister of Economic Development & Opportunities, Ministry of Finance and Economic Opportunities, Western Cape Government
  • Gloria Guevara, President & CEO WTTC
  • Taleb Rifai, Chairman ITIC & former Secretary-General, UNWTO


13:15 – 14:00 CAT – Panel Discussion

The critical need of effectively branding and marketing Africa as a single destination

Moderator: Professor Dimitrios Buhalis, Director eTourism Lab & Deputy Director International Centre for Tourism and Hospitality Research, Bournemouth University Business School


  • Hon. Najib Balala, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife
  • Clare Akamanzi, CEO Rwanda Development Board
  • Gerald Lawless, WTTC Ambassador, ITIC Director and former President and CEO Jumeirah Group Dubai
  • Mosekesti Mpeta, Head Light Manufacturing and Tourism at International Development Corporation
  • Cuthbert Ncube, Chairman African Tourism Board
  • Marcus Lee, Chairman of SME Business Owners Association in China.


14:00 –14:30 CAT – Investment opportunities

Presentation of Destinations and Tourism Projects in quest of investment

Introduction by Paul Hoskins, Director ITIC Ltd and Invest Tourism Ltd

Projects to be presented:

  • Dr. Jean Yves Diamana, Tourism Project in Cote D’Ivoire
  • Guillaume Pellerin, CEO Zoobox – Eco-lodges project in Africa
  • Frederic Robert CEO Saint Felix – Mauritius
  • Sam Doree, Hotel project in Guinee Conakry


14:30 –14:45 CAT – Closing

  • Rajan Datar, Presenter & Broadcaster, BBC
  • Dr. Taleb Rifai, Chairman ITIC & former Secretary-General UNWTO
  • Megan Oberholzer, Portfolio Director: Travel, Tourism & Creative Industries Portfolio for Reed Exhibitions South Africa.
  • ITIC Directors – Gerald Lawless and Paul Hoskins
  • Ibrahim Ayoub, Group CEO ITIC