AfricaNXT 2022 AfricaNXT 2022

DestinationNXT

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

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TOURISM FUNDRAISING: HOW TO RAISE FUNDS FOR YOUR TOURISM ENTERPRISE
Ayomide Aborowa
Ayomide Aborowa
ìrìn journal, Founder & Creative Director
Abiola Adelana
Abiola Adelana
Sterling Bank Plc Nigeria, Tourism Business Manager
Nnenna Fakoya-Smith
Nnenna Fakoya-Smith
Nene-Uwa Hub Ltd, Tourism Promoter & Visibility Strategist
Pelu Awofeso
Pelu Awofeso
Travel Journalist & Researcher
Omolara Adewunmi
Omolara Adewunmi
Lagos State Employment Trust Fund, Director Programmes and Coordination

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:
[1] How to tap into the different funding opportunities for their Tourism businesses
[2] Why having a community is important when is comes to funding their tourism projects
[3] 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 

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#TRAVELAFRICA: AFRICANS TELLING THE AFRICAN TRAVEL STORY
Ibrahim Makanjuola
Ibrahim Makanjuola
Getittome africa concept Ltd, Tour operator
Jumoke Munu
Jumoke Munu
The Smiley’s Place Travels, Experience Curator & Founder

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

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#TRAVEL4IMPACT: MERGING TOURISM WITH PROFESSIONAL & COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT FOR AFRICA'S PROSPERITY
Funmi Oyatogun
Funmi Oyatogun
TVP / Leisure, Travel & Tourism, Experience Designer
Sarah Alex-Usifo
Sarah Alex-Usifo
AIESEC, Head of Business and Partnership Development

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:
[1] Getting to work on a community development project
[2] Securing a professional internship in another country
[3] 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