The 2021 edition of the Africa Tourism Leadership Forum (ATLF2021) is set to take place in Kigali, Rwanda from Wednesday, November 24 to Saturday, November 27.This year’s event has partnered with the Rwanda Chamber of Tourism in its maiden Rwanda Tourism week in the form of an exhibition, speed marketing sessions and business-to-business networking sessions.
ATLF is a lead occasion on the Africa tourism calendar that has assumed a considerable part in progressing intra-Africa travel development, youth and ladies strengthening, intra-Africa travel facilitation and business-to-business networking.It is the main Pan-African public-private tourism administration annual gathering convened and hosted in Africa, by Africans, and for Africans.
Since its initiation and facilitation by Ghana in 2018, ATLF has turned into the top notch stage for public and private area tourism pioneers to meet and offer arrangements in molding the continent’s tourism sector. Having effectively facilitated the half breed occasion last year in the uncommon season of Covid-19, Kigali, the Rwandan capital, is by and by hoping to get delegates from around the world during the current year’s ATLF.
The 2021 event is running 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 pandemic despite its lethal effects 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 also means working close amongst ourselves 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.
Speakers include Desire 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.