Africa Travel Week

ATW Podcast

Conference programme

Wednesday, 7 April

10h30 – 11h30
The future of business events: 2021 and beyond
The role of business events as networking and lead generating opportunities will always be a box-ticker for brands. When we look at the event and exhibition landscape right now, with Covid-19 protocols putting paid too much of what we are used to, we must remember that it is necessity and not abundance that is the mother of invention. During this panel, we will discuss the current situation and what the future holds for this important sector in Africa.

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Anita Mendiratta,  Founder & Managing Director: ANITA MENDIRATTA & Associates

Esmaré Steinhöfel, Regional Director Africa: ICCA
Taubie Motlhabane: CEO: CTICC
Tamlynne Wilton-Gurney, Chief Ideas Officer: idna
Frank Murangwa, Director: Destination Marketing at Rwanda Convention Bureua

11h30 – 12h30
Progress in Responsible Tourism

During this session we take look at how far we have come with Responsible Tourism. The following questions will be answered: What solutions can we point to that make tourism better?  Solutions that have been tried and tested and proven to deliver results? How much progress have we made? What should be out priorities for the next decade? How can we achieve more?

Responsible Tourism session

Harold Goodwin, WTM Responsible Tourism Advisor

Tim Harris
, CEO: Wesgro | South Africa
Eugenio Yunis, Former Director of Tourism and Sustainable Development: UNWTO
Manisha Pande, Co- founder and Managing Director: Village Ways and Founding member: ICRT India Network  
Shannon Guihan, Chief TreadRight & Sustainability Officer: The Travel Corporation, USA

12h30 – 13h30
Ministerial RoundTable | Investing in Sustainable Travel and Tourism projects in Africa and restarting the sector in the post Covid-19 era

Rajan Datar, BBC

Introduction by:
Dr Taleb Rifai, Chairman ITIC and former Secretary-General UNWTO

Hon. Moses M Vilakati, Minister of Tourism of Eswatini
Hon. Dr. Damas D. Ndumbaro, Minister of Natural Resources and Tourism, Tanzania
Hon. Memunatu Pratt, Minister of Tourism, Sierra Leone
Hon. Najib Balala, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife, Kenya
Hon. Sofia Zacharaki, Deputy Minister of Tourism, Greece

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13h30 – 14h30
What role for certification?
The Global Sustainable Tourism Council was established to ensure a consistent baseline across the wide variety of schemes that emerged to empower travellers and holidaymakers to make more informed choices and drive sustainable tourism development. Reflecting on the last two decades, what have we learnt about what works and why? How can we increase the effectiveness of certification in delivering sustainable tourism?

Responsible Tourism session

Harold Goodwin, WTM Responsible Tourism Advisor

Lee-Anne Bac, Director: Strategic Development and Advisory: BDO Advisory Services
Olivia Ruggles-Brise,
Director: Greenview
Andrea Nicholas, Chief Executive & Co-Founder: Green Tourism
Kelly Bricker, Professor and Chair Department: Parks, Recreation, and Tourism at The University of Utah

14h30 – 15h30
An Enlightened Wave: What transformational travel means for sustainability in the luxury destination economy

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A new wave of travellers is set to spark a change in the future of travel, where the journey itself is once again imbued with meaning and intent. Join those at the cutting edge of reshaping their outlook as Tom Fels unpacks the far-reaching implications of this movement, covering topics such as responsible citizenship and experience design.

Tom Fels, Founder & CEO: Animarem

15h30 – 16h30
The changing landscape of hospitality
Explore the impact that a proactive diversity, equity and inclusion strategy can have on travel and tourism. The session will include case studies from The Travel Corporation and Hyatt and then conclude with a practical training session created by Hospitable Me.

John Tanzella
, President/CEO: IGLTA

Sherwin Banda, President: African Travel, Inc and member of the The Travel Corporation
Tyronne Stoudemire, Hyatt: Global VP of Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI)
Kenny Porpora, Co-Founder: Hospitable Me

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16h30 – 17h30
Safer Travels through Touchless Tech

Travel has experienced several generational shifts over the past century, the most recent driving the fast-tracking of touchless technology to keep travellers and staff safe. Our panel discusses some of the innovative touchless technology solutions that support the travel industry in its efforts to minimise personal contact and make travel safer. We also unpack what the future of touchless tech looks like in the travel and tourism channel. 

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Natalia Rosa, Director: Big Ambitions

Theresa Emerick,
Managing Director, NightsBridge
Joseph Ling, CEO, Vouch Singapore
Aneke Kleynhans, Opera Operations Manager, Micros SA
Francois Blanc, Managing Director: Amadeus’s Traveler ID’s