Africa Travel Week unveils conference agenda

Mar 14, 2014

Thebe Reed has announced topics of discussion for the forums, conferences, seminars and lectures that will accompany the three co-located shows making up Africa Travel Week.

Topics covered will include responsible tourism, sustainable business, tourism education and technology.

The International Luxury Travel Market (ILTM) Africa Forum will feature two live debates. Speakers include Anita Mendiratta, an independent International Strategist and Adviser on Tourism and Economic Development, who will discuss what ‘luxury’ means in the context of African travel, and political analyst and talk show host, Justice Malala.

The forum will also include a ‘Meet the Editors’ panel, where travel editors will offer insight into their selection criteria for publication and a debate on conservation, featuring speakers including Botswana’s Map Ives of Wilderness Safaris and South Africa’s Juan Pinto, Director and Head Ranger at Royal Malewane Lodge.

Incentives, Business Travel & Meetings (IBTM) Africa’s forum will feature motivational speaker Alex Granger, who will share nine practical steps to ensure business remains sustainable in 2014 and beyond as well as a panel debate on the future meetings industry growth in Africa. The panel discussion will include experts from SITE, ICCA and SAACI.

The event programme accompanying World Travel Market (WTM) Africa, WTM Vision, will include the Euromonitor Regional Trends Report, a keynote session delivered by the Digital Tourism Think Tank and a dedicated responsible tourism programme, which will form a key component of the education sessions and include speakers Wilfred Cheval of Dyer Island Cruises and Marine Dynamics; Anne-Kathrin Zschiegner of the Zeitz Foundation;  Fabrice Leclercq, CEO TRIP Ghana, and Anne van der Tuuk of Abang Africa Travel.

The African Business Travel Association (ABTA) will also host sessions on the broad range of developments, challenges and opportunities impacting the African business travel industry and a dedicated panel headed by Kamilla Swart, Associate Professor from the Department of Tourism and Events Management at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, will discuss overcoming the educational challenges faced by the tourism industry.

“The Africa Travel Week Education Programme will bring inspiration to all involved in luxury travel, MICE and business travel and general leisure tourism in Africa,” said Carol Weaving, MD of Thebe Reed. “We are delighted to welcome such a high-profile breadth of speakers from across the world to what promises to be a key learning opportunity for those involved in the burgeoning industry of African travel.”

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