Tuesday, March 1, 2022
One of the major things that has hindered the growth of tourism in Africa is poor funding. There are many African businesses with great initiatives that could revolutionize the industry on both small and large scale, unfortunately access to funding possess a problem. To profer solutions to this problem, our panel would be discussing funding opportunities such as crowdfunding, trust funds and tourism banking for Tourism businesses.
Crowdfunding, which is the practice of funding a project by raising money from a large number of people who each contribute a relatively small amount, has become the fastest-growing trend in fundraising and it’s a predominantly useful tool in times of crisis. Our speakers, Pelu Awofeso and Ayomide Aborowa, who are tourism entrepreneurs, would be sharing how they were able to raise funds for their projects through crowdfunding. Our other speakers, Omolara Adewunmi and Abiola Adelana would be sharing other funding opportunities that Tourism businesses could tap into such as Trust Funds and Tourism Banking.
Attendees will leave this session with further insights on:
 How to tap into the different funding opportunities for their Tourism businesses
 Why having a community is important when is comes to funding their tourism projects
 How to utilize digital platforms and traditional media to build visibility for their tourism fundraising projects
This session is hosted by Nene-Uwa Hub Ltd
Through the years, travel within Africa has evolved from the years that only the expatriates and travelers from other continents were the ones who explored the gem. Travels in Africa by Africans is on the rise, more Africans living in Africa and Africans in diaspora are beginning to explore the motherland and we are telling our stories like no one else would have. Despite this fast growing trend, a lot of Africans are still apprehensive of exploring their own land based on what the media says.
What are we doing to change the narrative and ensure positive and in-depth stories about different destinations for explorers/travelers to consume?
Notwithstanding the exploitations and terrorism from our stories (past), How can we make Tourism the strongest pull to Africa today (present) to guarantee a boost in the National Income of African States (Future)
We will be discussing these points and more with the panelists, who are Africans living in Africa and have traveled Africa efficiently.
This session is hosted by The Smiley’s Place Travels
Travel contributes immensely to the continent's GDP, and while travelling to take in the sights in countries across Africa is great, one can also travel with the purpose of professional development and making an impact locally. Working on community development projects in the African countries travelled to fosters collaboration, positively impacts local communities, and contributes to achieving the SDGs. In this masterclass session, facilitators will take participants through an exploratory discussion on tourism as a pathway to employment and an opportunity for skills enhancement and professional development at the entry-level stage.
This session will be both instructive and interactive outlining several ways tourism can move beyond sightseeing and leisure, and fosters a win-win situation for young people/entry-level professionals and the local community. Specific opportunities and topics of discussion will include:
 Getting to work on a community development project
 Securing a professional internship in another country
 Leveraging the benefits of travelling like learning a new language, immersing oneself in diverse cultures and expanding one's worldview.
This session is hosted by AIESEC in Nigeria