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THE NEW LUXURY
4 AUGUST 2020 12 PM EST | 4PM GMT | 6PM CAT
Join us on 4 August at 12pm EST for 'The New Luxury' discussion as we hear from new voices and explore different perspectives; learn about new uniquely African cutting edge properties and products; and hear what travelers are looking for in luxury experiences.
Paula Franklin, Co-Founder, Franklin Bailey (Moderator)
Meryanne Loum-Martin, Owner, Jnane Tamsna
Claire B. Soares, Founder & CEO, Up in Air Life
Judiet Barnes, Marketing Manager, Thebe Tourism Group | General Manager, Kruger Shalati
TRAILBLAZER TALKS - EVITA ROBINSON
18 AUGUST 2020 10 AM EST | 2PM GMT | 2PM CAT
In September 2011, Evita Robinson created the NOMADNESS Travel Tribe, an online social community primarily for travelers of color. NOMADNESS was the first of its kind targeting black and brown millennials, in the newly coined 'black travel movement'. The group currently surpasses 23,000 international members, with over 100,000 passport stamps.
Evita’s accolades include National Geographic’s 21 Most Visionary Women Throughout Travel History, 2018’s AFAR Travel Vanguard Award, The Root 100, and being noted as one of Entrepreneur Magazine’s 50 Most Daring Entrepreneurs of 2018. She is also an appointed Board Member of Conde Nast Traveler’s ‘Women Who Travel’ initiative. She can be seen between news panels and business features for CNN, Cheddar, MSNBC, truTV, NewsOne, and Oxygen Channel. Evita was also invited to the White House under the Obama Administration for their meeting of world's creative change makers, for SXSL (South By South Lawn).
19 AUGUST 2020 10 AM EST | 2PM GMT | 2PM CAT
Telling the Story:
The slassic Africa safari has dominated media coverage of Africa for decades, but that story is overwhelmingly written by western media for a western audience. That is slowly changing so we hope you will join us for this important conversation on how the images of stories around the safari world are becoming more diverse and how a new focus on local tourism is pushing this change.
Changing the Story:
Please join us for a compelling conversation on what the African safari industry can - and is - doing to become more welcoming to guests of color. Please join us for thoughts and insights on what steps are needed to market safari travel to a more diverse clientele and what industry changes are needed to foster this change.
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Tourism Leaders from Eswatini and Seychelles addressed questions and issues put before them by a global audience of industry leaders, small and medium business owners, and travelers alike.
BEYOND CONSERVATION: COMMUNITIES
Join Wazha Dube of Index Select and Beks Ndlovu of African Bush Camps during 'Beyond Conservation: Communities' as they discuss Africa's rural tourism communities, new challenges and opportunities, and how the industry can continue to support and promote local empowerment and conservation through tourism.
Discussion with Cherae Robinson, Founder and CEO of Tastemakers Africa. Called the "sexy, dope way to experience Africa" by Fusion and heralded as an innovator by AFAR, Conde Nast Traveler, CNN and more, Tastemakers Africa offers unique tours created and hosted by artists, creators, and makers in Africa and beyond.
One in 22 working South Africans are employed in the tourism sector. It directly contributes 2.9 per cent to South Africa’s gross domestic product. In 2017 tourists spent just over half a million rand every minute or R277 billion for the entire year in South Africa, according to Stats SA. All this has changed with COVID-19 and lock-down. The industry has been brought to a virtual standstill. But as the country moves to phase 4 of lock-down what measures and funding are in place to help kick-start the industry? Is it enough? Find out on this Zoom #BusinessTomorrow panel discussion.