The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), jointly with the New Partnership for Africa´s Development (NEPAD) has announced the UNWTO/NEPAD Tourism Tech Adventure: Promoting African Tourism Innovation, an initiative dedicated to supporting the African startups that will lead the transformation of the tourism sector.
The initiative will take place from January 23 to 25, 2019 in Madrid, Spain, with a pitching session taking place on January 24, 2019 during the 10th edition of the Tourism Investment and Business Forum for Africa (INVESTOUR), within the framework of the International Tourism and Trade Fair of Madrid – FITUR.
The 3-day initiative challenges African entrepreneurs and innovators to design innovative startups that will positively contribute to the facilitation of travel and tourism in their respective countries and in the region as a whole. Tourism in Africa has grown by 8.6% in 2017 and the number of startups and innovation hubs are increasing at an exponential rate, which offers an opportunity to attract regional and international investors and disrupt the tourism sector.
Five startups will receive sponsorship to learn, pitch and travel in one of the world’s top tourism destinations and will gain exposure to the world’s tourism leaders, investors, corporates, academia and supporting business partners.
Interested startups are invited to apply online and fill in the attached document before November 30, 2018.