Inspiring Nominations For the 5 th & 2022 Africa Tourism Leadership Awards

(Posted 19th September 2022)

Calls for nominations for the 5 th Africa Tourism Leadership Forum and Awards have now been closed.

The Africa Tourism Leadership Forum and Awards which strive to recognize and honor change-makers and innovation pioneered by Africans, in Africa, for African travel tourism, hospitality, aviation and related industries, is scheduled for 24th to 26th of October 2022 in Gaborone, Botswana.

With more than 160 nominations received from across Africa, this year marks the highest number of
entries received since inception of the awards in 2018. All nominations will be sent for consideration to
a panel of judges who will be looking for the most outstanding and innovative projects with measurable
results, projects and initiatives that demonstrate consistent achievements over a minimum period of 2
years as well as demonstrating sustainability of their operations in terms of the economic,
environmental and social impact in line with the selection criteria.

As part of the adjudication process, the shortlisted nominees will be announced and contacted to attend
the awarding ceremony where the winners and runners-up will be announced at the Awards taking
place in Gaborone, Botswana.

Additionally, the winners of the Africa Youth in Tourism Innovation Challenge will also be announced
alongside the Africa Tourism Leadership Awards on the same night of the awarding ceremony on 26th of
October 2022.

The Africa Youth in Tourism Innovation Challenge is an exclusive platform created for innovative African
youth in travel and tourism who seek funding, partnerships, and mentorship opportunities to present
their projects to the global marketplace with the aim of facilitating an opportunity for them in finding
the necessary support for their programmes and for employment creation.

Despite the vast potential on the African continent, tourism only accounts for at least 3% of sub-Saharan
Africa’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), except for a few countries, the sector is still in its infancy in

Africa and the developing world in general are challenged with finding sustainable solutions to the
current challenges facing young entrepreneurs and the tourism stakeholders of the future. The
possibility of a digital economy, while real, presents a host of opportunities which must be leveraged
across the continent and the globe.

Considering these potentials, the sector contributes immensely to the continent’s developmental
agenda – including job creation, community development and the involvement of young people. It is
against this background that Botswana Tourism Organisation (BTO), Africa Tourism Partners in
collaboration with United Nations tourism agency, UNWTO, and group accounting firm, BDO, will bring
together African tourism stakeholders from the 24th to 26th of October at the Gaborone International Convention Centre, Grand Palm, Gaborone, Botswana for the 5 th Annual Africa Tourism Leadership
Forum and Awards.

The goal is to infuse thought leadership and innovation that will bring the dynamism to the tourism
sector. At least 70 world-renowned global industry experts and speakers will interact with business
leaders, ministers, policy makers, and with over 350 delegates from over 30 countries attending this
event over the three days.

The 2022 and 5 th Africa Tourism Leadership Forum will also include the following in their programming:

 Africa Private Sector Associations Inaugural Closed Session Gathering on Monday 24 October 2022
 Africa MICE and Digitalisation Masterclasses on Monday 24 October 2022
 The Africa Travel and Tourism CEOs and Executives Forum on Tuesday 25 October 2022
 The Africa Tourism Leadership Forum on Wednesday, 26 October 2022
 The Africa Tourism Leadership Awards on Wednesday, 26 October 2022

Space is available to register for physical attendance, one-on-one B2B session, desk-top exhibition and
virtual participation.
Register now at or contact the Registration Hotline on
+27 (0)81 303 7030 or you can email

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