In execution of tangible and targeted initiatives, Namibia, through the Ministry of environment, forestry and tourism, successfully bid to host and convene A PAN AFRICAN YOUTH IN TOURISM INNOVATION CHALLENGE & SUMMIT for 2022, 2023 and 2024 Association with UNWTO and African Tourism Partners. The Summit serves as an exclusive gathering for innovative Africa youth in travel, tourism and MICE looking for partnership, market access, mentorship, career guidance and development as job creation opportunities for Africa youth in tourism. Similarly, the platform provides an opportunity for the youth to present their projects to the global marketplace in order to find the required technical, funding and mentorship support. The Cabinet (Government of the Republic of Namibia) has approved the hosting of this continental event in Namibia. The ministry hereby seeks strategic partnerships for funding and sustainability of subsequent capacity building interventions to successfully convene, host and undertake this important program. It is for this reason and background that the Ministry is hereto reaching out to private sector and development partners to source financial support to execute this program.
1. Objective & significance of the project The main objective of this project is to (1) implement a national Tourism Recovery Plan and identified youth programmes, and to (2) host A PAN AFRICAN YOUTH IN TOURISM INNOVATION CHALLENGE & SUMMIT for 2022, 2023 and 2024 for an innovative Africa youth in travel, tourism and MICE, looking for market access, mentorship, partnerships, entrepreneurship capacity building and development. The summit provides an opportunity for the innovative youth to present their projects, start-ups to the global marketplace in order to find the required technical, funding and mentorship support.
2. Scale and Content of the Project The implementation of the Tourism Recovery Plan and the subsequent hosting of the Youth Summit will serve as an enabler to revive the sector post Covid-19, create awareness of the required support and build necessary entrepreneurship capacity for youth start-ups to improve business acumen and success rate. 3. Project timeframe & Responsibilities/Roles of Each entity The implementation period of the Tourism Recovery Plan is from April 2022 to March 2025 and the Youth Summit is an annual event from 26 to 29 July 2022 and in July 2023 and 2024, successive years.
4. Conclusion The Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism commits to implement funded initiatives timely to growth the sector and build youth tourism entrepreneurship capacity in Namibia.
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