Only a week to go to ‘AYTIS’


(Posted 21st February 2023)


Are you a travel and tourism tech entrepreneur creating an exciting venture for the continent’s future? Then apply now for this year’s Innovation Challenge. The competition closes on February 28, 2023


Winner 2021

Eugene Allotey: Chief Operations Officer For Creative Bibini

1st Runner-Up  – 2021

Jean Mac Kenna: Eccentric Guest Services

2nd Runner-Up – 2021

Gcina Nomsa Dlamini : Owner And Founder Merchantry Worldwide (Pty) Ltd South Africa


Africa Tourism Partners, in collaboration with UNWTO and BDO, is hosting the Africa Youth in Tourism Innovation Summit (AYTIS) & Challenge. It is the continent’s “one and only” pan-African Youth and Start-ups in Tourism Summit and Innovation Challenge.

This competition invites and welcomes innovative ideas and solutions that go beyond technology but are related to the travel, tourism, and MICE industries for review and adjudication by a distinguished panel of industry leaders. The top five finalists of the Africa Youth in Tourism Innovation Challenge are introduced to industry leaders, mentors, and potential funders and/or partnerships through the summit and other media platforms.


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Destination Africa – Lifetime Award is one of the categories at the Africa Leadership Forum Awards. This award is given to an individual who has made a significant lifetime contribution to positive change in relation to “Destination Africa” outside of the African continent.

Hon. Dr. Ibrahim Mohammed Awal, Ghana’s Minister of Tourism, Arts, and Culture, received the 2022 award. Hon Dr Awal believes that tourism development and leadership must be deliberate, inclusive, and long-term. This principle has guided his actions as a Minister. He took office in April 2021. He immediately took charge of the Ghana Tourism Development Project (GTDP). The GTDP is a $40 million World Bank credit facility for the development of Ghana’s tourism, arts, and culture sectors. The GTDP had disbursed nearly $4 million as of April 2021.

It is trite to say that Dr. Awal is a transformational leader who anticipates the magnitude of opportunities in the future and lays the groundwork for them today in order to meet the demands of tomorrow. The future of tourism is exciting, and investors should keep an eye on it. To summarise, while the COVID-19 Pandemic and the Russia-Ukraine war continue to have an impact on the tourism industry, there is a strong desire for a thriving industry, which is inextricably linked to proactive interventions led by the Ghana Minister of Tourism, Arts, and Culture.


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Forging Global Partnerships for Inclusive Local Economic Development Through Sustainable Investment

The Tourism Investment Forum Africa will incorporate an exhibition aimed at
showcasing and promoting tourism investment projects and opportunities as well travel and tourism offerings.


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