Africa Tourism Leadership Forum & Inaugural Africa Travel and Tourism Innovation Awards 2018

The Africa Tourism Leadership Forum (ATLF) and yours truly are pleased to invite you to the Africa Tourism Leadership Forum and the inaugural Africa Travel and Tourism Innovation Awards 2018. The Forum is being hosted by the Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) under the auspices of the Ghana Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture. The event will take place on 30 and 31 August, at the Accra International Convention Centre.

The ATLF is a Pan-African dialogue platform that brings together key stakeholders from Africa’s travel, tourism, hospitality and aviation sectors to network, share insights and devise strategies for sustainable travel and tourism development across the continent, while enhancing enhancing the brand equity of “Destination Africa”. ATLF is the first of its kind and aims at promoting tourism as a major sustainable development pillar and core socio-economic diversification factor for African destinations.

With the inaugural Africa Travel and Tourism Innovation Awards, ATLF will also highlight and recognize game-changing initiatives being pursued across the sector. These will include progressive policy-making, thought leadership, innovation, sustainable investments and public-private community partnerships that are making waves across Africa’s tourism sector. Africa’s tourism sector now accounts for 1 in 10 jobs in the global workforce. According to WTTC global outlook 2017, the sector is anticipated to support over 380 million jobs, by 2027. For Sub-Saharan Africa, it is a powerful development path for economic diversification, given the abundance of tourism resources, (World Bank, 2014). In spite of these, the sector’s contribution to African economies remains unrecognized. It is against this background that ATLF is being convened to help give the sector the recognition that it deserves.

The Awards categories are:

• Leading in Progressive Policies’ Award

• Outstanding Entrepreneurship Award
• Women in Leadership Award
• Most Innovative Business Tourism Destination Award
• Outstanding Accommodation Facility / Group Award
• Outstanding Tourism Transportation Award
• Outstanding Africa Tourism Media Award
• Championing Sustainability Award

Nomination form can be downloaded from: or requested from . Interested parties should take note of following key dates:

• Submission of nominations – July 30, 2018.
• Announcement of Nominations – August 10, 2018.
• Announcement of winners at Awards Dinner – Friday, August 31, 2018 in Accra, Ghana.

All nominations should be received via email at: by no later than the July 30, 2018.

The Awards will be judged by a committee of renowned African and global tourism experts including academics and audited by Grant Thornton. I am excited to be part of part of the awards judging committee 🙂 

For registration kindly visit:



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