African tourism conference enriches SA youth
“African youth must rise so that Africa will rule”.
Wise words shared by Judy Kepher-Gona from Kenya at the 2nd annual Africa Tourism Leadership Forum (ATLF) at the Durban International Convention Centre on Wednesday.
The ATLF presented the Africa Youth in Tourism Innovation Summit where delegates and speakers shared insightful discussions including difficulties that the industry is facing in the industry of Tourism and Hospitality.
Among the 500 delegates attending the ATLF conference were students, lecturers from different institutions, local businesses owners including guests from around the continent of Africa.
Students highlighted the difficulties they face in the industry saying that they do not find funds and jobs yet they have the necessary qualification.
A travel and Tourism student at the Swinton Coastal College Ntombenhle Gumede said apart from getting unemployment, people also do not understand their field.
“People do not have information about Travel and Tourism. They do not see future to it, which makes me wish that as a student, wish that we may have more access to get where we want to and secure a job without difficulties,” she said.
Gumede added that she gained lots of information from the conference and was inspired to be the best.
Apart from discussions held, the ATLF introduced Youth Innovators Competition. Five finalists were selected and among them is Mandisa Ngcobo from South Beach Tourism Attraction.
This Finalist invented a Durban Cable Car which she hopes will create jobs and boost tourism in KwaZulu-Natal.
“The DCC win not win the competition but the people of Durban will win, rural communities of KZN will win. South Africa and the rest will win because it will create 30 permanent jobs,” said Ngcobo.
The winners for the Youth Innovators Competition will be announced during an Awards Ceremony to be held on Thursday from 19:00.
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