Join us in celebration of Tourism Month for a dialogue around the role of rural tourism in our local communities. Our expert panel will inspire new innovative ways to reignite domestic and international tourism post covid pandemic and border openings.
Ms Candice Meyer, Hilton Hotel Durban
Ms Makhosi Msimango, Women in Tourism KZN Chair
Ms Zodwa Msimang, Ikhono Communications
Mr Ross Kata, Perfections Online
Mr Sibusiso Mngoma, Durban Tourism
Moderator: Mr. Kojo Bentum-Williams, VoyageAfriq
Facilitator: Ms. Thandekile Jessica Nhleko, Project ENZA
In September 2011, Evita Robinson created the NOMADNESS Travel Tribe, an online social community primarily for travelers of color. NOMADNESS was the first of its kind targeting black and brown millennials, in the newly coined 'black travel movement'. The group currently surpasses 23,000 international members, with over 100,000 passport stamps.
In 2018, NOMADNESS Travel Tribe hosted their first festival for Black and Brown travelers and our allies, in Oakland, CA. AUDACITY Fest is an immersive experience that celebrates and creates a safe space for discussions centered around traveling the world as a person of color. Panels, fireside chats, rock climbing, music, and break off sessions included. Past festivals have been in Oakland and Memphis, with 2020 being held Aug. 20-23, in New York City.
Continuing to innovate the travel space has landed NOMADNESS in the print and digital pages of The New York Times, Travel + Leisure, Entrepreneur, The Daily Beast, EBONY, ESSENCE, and many more.
Evita’s accolades include National Geographic’s 21 Most Visionary Women Throughout Travel History, 2018’s AFAR Travel Vanguard Award, The Root 100, and being noted as one of Entrepreneur Magazine’s 50 Most Daring Entrepreneurs of 2018. She is also an appointed Board Member of Conde Nast Traveler’s ‘Women Who Travel’ initiative. She can be seen between news panels and business features for CNN, Cheddar, MSNBC, truTV, NewsOne, and Oxygen Channel. Evita was also invited to the White House under the Obama Administration for their meeting of world's creative change makers, for SXSL (South By South Lawn).
'The New Luxury' discussion features diverse voices and explores different perspectives. Learn about new uniquely African cutting edge properties and products; and hear what travelers are looking for in luxury experiences. Panelists: Paula Franklin, Co-Founder, Franklin Bailey (Moderator) Meryanne Loum-Martin, Owner, Jnane Tamsna Claire B. Soares, Founder & CEO, Up in Air Life Judiet Barnes, Marketing Manager, Thebe Tourism Group | General Manager, Kruger Shalati
Born and raised in Johannesburg, Bheki Dube - who was named Africa’s Best Tourism Entrepreneur in last year’s Tropics Changemakers Awards - founded innovative tour company Main Street Walks at just 16-years old. Dube opened his first hostel at the age of 21, playing a key role in the regeneration of the city’s renowned Maboneng precinct. The CURIOCITY brand was born and CURIOCITY Joburg quickly became one of the city’s most popular hangouts.
Prior to this, Bheki founded MainStreetWalks a thriving inner-city tourism business that has pioneered alternative, authentic travel experiences in Johannesburg. With his energy that developed as he walked the streets of the inner city, a young Bheki started organizing walking tours for those searching for the same diverse and unique energy he had discovered. A natural progression and a whole lot of hard work lent itself to the start of Curiocity Hostels. Since 2013 Bheki has grown Curiocity, from 1 hostel boosting only 40beds to 3 successful properties with a portfolio 350 beds across Durban, Johannesburg, and Cape Town.
Bheki has his sight set across the African continent and hopes to lead and change the hospitality and travel industry one Curiocity at a time.
Please join us for a discussion on how the perspective of Africa as a travel destination has evolved from a sole focus on safari and wildlife to include cities, food, fashion, art and events. Our panelists offer inside information on the stories the media are looking for and what type of coverage we can expect in the coming year.
Tourism Leaders from Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, Uganda and Zimbabwe will address questions and issues put before them by a global audience of industry leaders, small and medium business owners, and travelers alike.
Wazha Dube of Index Select and Beks Ndlovu of African Bush Camps discuss Africa's rural tourism communities, new challenges and opportunities, and how the industry can continue to support and promote local empowerment and conservation through tourism.
'Trailblazer Talks' feature in-depth conversations with innovators from the tourism industry and related sectors. The Talks kicked off Thursday, 14 May 2020 with an in-depth discussion with Cherae Robinson, Founder and CEO of Tastemakers Africa. Called the "sexy, dope way to experience Africa" by Fusion and heralded as an innovator by AFAR, Conde Nast Traveler, CNN and more, Tastemakers Africa offers unique tours created and hosted by artists, creators, and makers in Africa and beyond.