In September 2018, Airbnb will bring together thought leaders from across the continent to share, discuss and debate how technology can be used to accelerate inclusive and sustainable economic growth through tourism in underserved communities in Africa. Leaders and experts in the fields of entrepreneurship, travel & tourism, technology, civic leadership, business, international development, and policy will gather in Cape Town to answer these questions:
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 can technology act as a catalyst for change in the tourism industry 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, as well as the World Bank Group (WBG).
At Airbnb, we believe that technology-enabled, people-to-people home sharing promotes healthy tourism—tourism that benefits the hosts who share their homes, the guests who are seeking authentic experiences, and the local residents whose cultures, customs and economies are respected, observed and supported. To expand engagement in healthy tourism, we are constantly searching for new ways to bring the benefits of our platform to more communities.
The Africa Travel Summit will take place in Cape Town between 11-13 September 2018. Speakers and the preliminary programme will be announced in late June 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.
To attend the Summit, you must first submit an application. The Summit only has a limited number of seats. Airbnb will work with its partners to select attendees on a rolling basis. Selection will be based on number of seats available at the Summit and the quality and relevance of the submitted applications.