The Africa Youth in Tourism Innovation Summit and Challenge is an annual Youth initiative hosted by Africa Tourism Partners in collaboration with the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and BDO South Africa. Since inception in 2019 in Durban, the event has been hosted by the Governments of Ghana (Ghana Tourism Authority in 2020), Rwanda (Rwanda Development Board, Rwanda Convention Bureau and Mastercard Foundation in 2020 and 2021) and the Government of Namibia (Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism in 2022).
This is an exclusive platform being provided to innovative African youth in travel and tourism looking for funding, partnership and mentorship opportunities to present their projects to the global marketplace in order to find the required support for their projects. Africa Youth in Tourism Innovation Summit (AYTIS) is the” one and only” pan-Africa Youth and Start-up in Tourism Summit on the continent. It serves as a pan-African platform for youth & start-ups in tourism, travel, hospitality, aviation, academia and all related industries to connect, engage, learn, innovate and grow.
The Africa Youth in Tourism Innovation Challenge is a platform to invite innovative ideas and solutions that goes beyond technology but are related to the travel and tourism industry for review and adjudication by a preeminent panel of industry leaders. Those shortlisted candidates will be introduced to industry experts for mentorship and also to potential funders for support and/or partnerships.