Young innovators gear up for the 4th Africa Youth Summit and Tourism Innovation Challenge 2022

Young innovators get ready for 4th African Youth in Tourism Innovation Summit and Challenge 2022. Organized by the Namibian Ministry of Environment, Forests and Tourism (MEFT) and convened by the African Tourism Partners in collaboration with UNWTO and BDO South Africa, the Tourism Innovation Challenge is an integral part of the Africa Youth Innovation Summit in tourism. This is scheduled for July 27-29, 2022 in Windhoek, Namibia.

In 2021, the 3rd edition of the Africa Youth Tourism Innovation Summit was held in Accra, Ghana under the auspices of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Ghana Tourism Authority in collaboration with Africa Tourism Partners, UNWTO and BDO. The event attracted over 200 physical delegates and over 1600 online attendees from over 38 countries.

The goal of the Innovation Challenge is to empower young African innovators aged 18 to 35 by creating platforms for business partnerships, market access, networking and mentoring platforms, and financing solutions in the global marketplace. To date, the vast majority of applications have been received from several African countries, including the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eswatini, Nigeria, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Namibia.

Caribou Ayilu, a young innovator from Nigeria and one of the contestants, believes the annual Youth Challenge encourages youth to get involved in tourism through collaboration and job creation. “I entered the youth competition to become a good tourism ambassador in my country and the African continent through innovation. My goal is to promote sustainable development and participate in programs that minimize the impact of climate change and promote youth development.” Another young innovator, Rogers Chiluba from Zambia, also believes that tourism must be taken seriously and that innovative minds are required to transform the entire value chain in this era and beyond.

The African Tourism Innovation Competition is a platform that invites innovators working on innovative and solution-driven projects that go beyond technology but are related to the travel and tourism industry to submit their projects for consideration and decision by an expert panel of judges. Shortlisted innovators are later introduced to industry leaders and potential partners for mentorship and support. The winner of the Africa Tourism Innovation Competition will receive an initial grant of US$1,000, while the 1st and 2nd place winners will receive US$500 among several other benefits.

The top 5 shortlisted candidates will be required to present a 5-minute demonstration to the judges to select the winner, first and second place winners at the African Youth Tourism Summit and Challenge, which will be held July 27-29, 2022 in Namibia. The final of the innovation competition will be held in Botswana on the sidelines of the annual African Tourism Leadership Forum (ATLF) and the awards ceremony…

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