#WTMAfrica2021 – Highlights of day 1

07 – 09 April 2021, Cape Town, South Africa
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What you missed today
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Good morning, good afternoon, good evening! Wherever you find yourself in the world, we know it’s been a day of back-to-backs, speed networking and bumper content to Unlock Africa.

We kicked off bright and early at 6am SAST, with industry colleagues connecting across cyberspace to Make Travel Happen Again – we are thrilled at the feedback we have received thus far and can’t wait to spend the next two days with you.

For Jackie Aylett from Flexiroam Africa, her early morning start was with a travel consultant in Mexico City. “The ConnectMe platform worked seamlessly,” she said.

Fortune Gowera Makamanzi from Rainbow Tourism Group is a big fan of ConnectMe: “I must say your system is very advanced and works like a gem. Well done!”

VIP Buyer from Go Places Africa Hussein Jiwani is equally happy with ConnectMe. “The system is well developed I’m really impressed. Well done to the team.”

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Our top picks for today
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Domestic Tourism to the rescue with Evelyn Mahlaba, SA Tourism’s Regional General Manager for Africa; Sue Garrett, GM Marketing & Product: Flight Centre South Africa and Muthuri Kinyamu, Cofounder: Turnup.Travel | KENYA. For a sneak preview on the topic, we interviewed Kate Rivett-Carnac, a tourism and green economy researcher and strategist who looked at opportunities that have emerged as tourism stakeholders seek to sweat domestic tourism while international travel remains fluid. You can view her insights here.

It was also the opening for the African Tourism Investment Summit co-hosted by International Tourism & Investment Conference and WTM Africa. To kick off the nine ministerial and investment expert panel discussions and presentations we had a panel moderated by the BBC’s Rajan Datar on Investing in Sustainable Travel and Tourism Projects in Africa and restarting the sector in the post-COVD era. This is what you can look forward to on Day 2 at the Tourism Investment Summit.

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Discover more content
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Day 2 Diary
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If you missed today’s panel discussions and presentations, you’ll want to make sure you’ve locked in your favourites for tomorrow.

Our top picks for your viewing pleasure tomorrow in our bumper Africa Travel Week Content Programme are Euromonitor’s “The Changing Landscape of Africa’s Source Markets” moderated by Tourism Analyst Gillian Saunders at 11h30; “Air Transport. The key to Africa’s tourism recovery?” brought to you by AviaDev at 14h30 and “The Future of Africa Travel: Embracing the African Diaspora”, moderated by Paula Franklin, co-Founder, The Collective & Travel Is Better In Color at 16h30.

Also, don’t miss:
• “How can tourism create more value for local communities?” moderated by Harold Goodwin, WTM Responsible Tourism Advisor
• “Insights to Attract LGBTQ+ Travellers” brought to you by IGLTA
• The African Tourism Investment Summit brought to you in partnership with International Tourism & Investment Conference

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Responsible Tourism at WTM Africa has global relevance
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We can learn much about tourism in Africa, celebrating diversity and inclusiveness, about growing the cake to create more value for neighbouring communities, living with and benefitting from biodiversity (some of it dangerous), and the importance of transparency. One of the few benefits of a virtual programme is that we can have speakers from around the world on the panels at WTM Africa and that they can be shared worldwide. Access the Responsible Tourism programme at World Travel Market Africa here.
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How Many Elephants launch World Female Ranger Day
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They’re bold, changing the game and paving the way for women to stand alongside men at the forefront of conservation, but they need allies. This is the first time that female wildlife rangers will be recognised collectively on a global interactive and fundraising-focused platform, to tell their stories.
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TourSafe Africa
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TourSafe Africa is a ground breaking resource for travellers to locate expertly vetted accommodations in Africa that meet personal and family needs including Covid safety protocols, wheelchair accessibility and those with limited mobility, dietary restrictions, suitable for families and children, the LGBTQ community, solo travellers and more.
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