The Africa Youth Tourism Summit, organized by the African Region of the United Nations World Tourism Organization in collaboration with the Namibian Ministry of Tourism, Environment and Forestry, recently concluded with the presentation by NANTA President Ms Susan Akporiaye on profiling education in travel, tourism and technology.

Ms Akporiaye represented for Nigeria at the conference attended by UNWTO Africa Region Director, Ms Alicia, His Excellency Sen Pang, United Nations Resident Coordinator, Namibia and Theofilus Nghitila, Executive Director Namibia Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism, who presented a insightful recovery plan for Namibia Tourism, after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Incidentally, NANTA and the private sector in Nigeria were Nigeria’s saving grace at this conference attended by African countries who wanted to take the plunge to bring youth tourism to the center of their tourism economy.

Ms. Akporiaye, a notable youth tourism influencer in Nigeria, brings her wealth of experience as President of NANTA, Nigeria’s largest travel agency, to navigate, interpret and share entrepreneurial skills beneficial to tourism youth in Africa.

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Nigeria, the country that the UNWTO wants to hold in Lagos in November, was not yet represented at the ministerial round table.

Issues on the financial redesign of SME finance in the post-COVID era were discussed in the different think tank sections. On travel technology, Wakanow CEO Mr. Adebayo Adedeji took part in the discussion virtually, with John Friel, Country Manager Travel Starts South Africa, Iddy John, CEO Safari wallet Tanzania and David Akinin, Founder and CEO Jabu, gave some fresh air to what is expected on travel technology with professional competence.

There were also lessons about great opportunities for the development of “future work and skills development” in tourism, travel, hospitality and aviation, which Hon. dr. Itah Kanjii-Muranji Minister of Higher Education, Technology and Innovation of Namibia breathed in and was moderated by Digu Naobeb, Chief Executive Officer of Namibia Tourism Board.

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