ATLF2021: Time to regroup, reflect and explore opportunities in Africa’s tourism sector

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The 2021 edition of the Africa Tourism Leadership Forum (ATLF) is set to take place in Kigali Rwanda from 24-27 November.

This year’s event has partnered with the Rwanda Chamber of Tourism to hold its maiden Rwanda Tourism week in the form of an exhibition, speed marketing sessions and business-to-business networking sessions.

ATLF is a flagship event on the Africa tourism calendar that has played a substantial role in advancing intra-Africa travel growth, youth and women empowerment, intra-Africa travel facilitation and business-to-business networking. It is the only Pan-African public-private tourism leadership annual gathering convened and hosted in Africa, by Africans, and for Africans. Since its inception and hosted by Ghana in 2018, ATLF has become the premium platform for public and private sector tourism leaders to meet and offer solutions in shaping the continent’s tourism sector.

Having successfully hosted the hybrid event last 2020 in the extraordinary time of COVID-19, Kigali, the Rwandan capital is once again looking to receive delegates from around the world for this year’s

The 2021 event is under the theme “Harnessing intra-Africa travel for innovative recovery in Africa’s travel and tourism sector”

The Regional Director for Africa at the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Elcia Grandcourt said, the pandemic has offered the African tourism sector an opportunity to reset and maximize the benefits of Intra-Africa travels. “The global socio-economic effects of the pandemic on the tourism sector has created an opportunity for Africa to reset tourism by placing innovation, sustainability and inclusion at the heart of recovery. Building back better with tourism in Africa calls for greater collaboration amongst all stakeholders to stimulate demand for Intra Africa travels.” She states. According to Ms. Grandcourt, it is about zeroing in on the opportunities the pandemic presents to Africa to help regroup, reflect, and build back Tourism better.

Regional Director for Africa, UNWTO, Elcia Grandcourt

Speakers includes Disire Loumou, Senior Expert, Trade in Services, AfCTA Secretariat, Senthil Gopinath, CEO, ICCA, Elcia Grandcourt, UNWTO Director for Africa, Dr. Geoffrey Manyara, UNECA’s Economic Officer responsible for tourism, Zephanie Niyonkuru, Deputy CEO, Rwanda Development Board, Ekow Sampson, Deputy CEO and Ghana Tourism Authority, Frank Mugisha, Director General of Rwanda Chamber of Tourism and Managing Director of East Africa Tourism Platform (EATP), Austin Nyawara, Africa and Middle East, Regional Head for Africa and Middle East, SAA, Christelle Grohmann, Director, BDO South Africa, Frank Mustaff, CEO and Howarth HTL Interconsult and Dianne Dusaidi, Program Partner, Mastercard Foundation. Others are private sector apex bodies across Africa, Directors of leading hotel brands, academics as well as experts and renowned industry experts from across the world.

The event is being organized by the Africa Tourism Partners in collaboration with the Rwanda Development Board, Rwanda Convention Bureau, Rwanda Chamber of Tourism, Mastercard Foundation, and BDO South Africa.

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