Africa Travel Summit: Accelerating inclusive tourism growth through technology

How do we ensure more people across Africa benefit from the rise in travel and tourism and a growing  interest among travelers in local, authentic experiences?

How do we work across sectors to build a more inclusive tourism model that benefits in particular women and young people in underserved communities across Africa?

How can technology act as catalyst for change in the tourism industry in Africa?

In May 2018, Airbnb will bring together thought leaders from across the continent, in Cape Town, to share, discuss and debate how technology can be used to accelerate inclusive and sustainable economic growth through tourism in underserved communities in Africa.

The University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business (UCT GSB) will serve as the Summit’s learning partner and support event programming alongside the Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative (CiTi) and the World Bank Group (WBG). The United Nations World Travel Organisation (UNWTO) has also confirmed they will take part.

The Africa Travel Summit will have two components:

  • The Inclusive Tourism Exchange will give African thought leaders (government, tourism boards, development agencies, technology companies and incubators) a platform to  share best practices, exchange ideas and co-create a vision for how technology can best be used for inclusive and sustainable tourism growth, ultimately resulting in healthy tourism.
  • The Airbnb Africa Academy is a training program, targeted at grassroots innovators, tech influencers, NGOs, NPOs and ecosystem enablers that are interested in bringing the Airbnb model to their communities.

The Africa Travel Summit will take place in Cape Town in May 2018. We look forward to meeting in this dynamic city that is innovating in the tourism sector and has placed inclusive economic growth at the top of its agenda.

Keynote speakers and final Summit dates to be announced by March 2018.