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UNWTO Joins Investors, Tourism Leaders at Cabo Verde Forum

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UNWTO Joins Investors, Tourism Leaders at Cabo Verde Forum

Praia, Cabo Verde, September 7, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / UNWTO has celebrated the second edition of the Global Tourism Investment Forum. Joining Ministers of Tourism for the event in Cabo Verde were business leaders, entrepreneurs and investors, with a special focus on innovation and sustainable recovery from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

With the crisis causing levels of Foreign Direct Investment in tourism to plummet 73%, the Forum provided a platform for diverse stakeholders to support and promote investments in the sector. Panel discussions, led by leading experts from across the tourism and finance sectors, focused on “innovation and investment”. Alongside providing an analysis of the investment climate in African tourism, including in the case of Cabo Verde, the discussions also addressed potential measures for promoting sustainable investments, digitalization and innovations, the future of mobility and sustainable transport, as well as using targeted investments to drive economic recovery, job creation and resilience post COVID-19.

Read all the latest UNWTO News and Updates here.

Unlocking tourism’s potential

UNWTO is committed to promoting and building investments in tourism to unlock the sector’s potential to drive recovery and provide opportunity for all

UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili said: “Well targeted investments can stimulate entrepreneurship, create jobs and drive the green transformation of our tourism, in Africa and worldwide. UNWTO is committed to promoting and building investments in tourism to unlock the sector’s potential to drive recovery and provide opportunity for all.”

The event was opened by José Ulisses de Pina Correia e Silva, Primer Minister Cabo Verde, and featured the participation of Tourism Ministers from across Africa as well as from Spain and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, as well as of investment bodies, multilateral funds, African regional economic communities, and from the private sector, including travel tech startups. Highlighting the international nature of the Forum, more than ten investors came from Europe to Cabo Verde to explore investment opportunities focused on innovation and infrastructure. They were joined by investors from South Africa, and the USA, with all participants benefitting from unique networking opportunities on the tourism island of Sal. Investors included RIU Group, Plug & Play, Aguaduna, CMC XXI, QEV Tech Electromobility Holdings, TUI Care Foundation, ALESA Group, Grupo Piñero and Fundacion Metropoli.

Read all the latest UNWTO News and Updates here.

Capacity building and branding

Alongside the presentations and panel discussions, the Forum also featured capacity building workshops focused on investments and innovation, alongside an overview of UNWTO’s Brand Africa initiative aimed at helping destinations across the continent harness the power of digital marketing to reach new audiences and attract visitors.

The Little Africa Maio Project was also presented as an effective example of directed foreign investment in tourism with the potential to deliver a wide range of economic, social and ecological benefits.

First published at TravelCommunication.net

First published at TravelNewsHub.com – Global Travel News

Tourism Industry Summit to Take Place in Andermatt this November

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Tourism Industry Summit to Take Place in Andermatt this November

Lucerne, Switzerland, June 25, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / After two inspiring Online Meetups featuring speakers from the tourism industry, one thing is clear: tourism is on the cusp of a promising future. Leading personalities from the tourism industry and politics, as well as investors and start-ups will meet in Andermatt in November to promote and exchange new ideas. The Innovation Festival will hone in on topics introduced at the Online Meetups and examine possible solutions to rebuild and advance tourism.

Setting sail for new shores

The disruptive forces of the current crisis are leaving their mark on the tourism industry. Buoyed by innovation and enterprise, the industry is taking this opportunity to jettison mediocre solutions and instead develop new ideas that will endure even after the storm has passed, says futurist Matthias Horx. Marcus Bernhardt, CEO of Deutsche Hospitality, agrees: “You can sense that the pace of innovation is accelerating in the tourism industry, that even well-established companies are quickly adapting to the new needs of guests.”

Keeping pace with change

It was important, according to Nadia Fettah Alaoui, Tourism Minister of Morocco, that governments supported the tourism industry during a difficult phase. However, now it is time for the industry to push on with the transformation process that was triggered by the crisis. Philipp Depiereux, CEO of etventure, is convinced: agility and adaptability are more important than adhering rigidly to a previously defined strategy. For this to succeed, guests have to be made the focus, because tourism is all about social interactions and personal exchanges with them.

Foster diversity and inclusion

There’s a need for action with regard to diversity and inclusion too. The figures in a study by the World Tourism Forum and Aptamind are clear: when it comes to diversity and inclusion, there’s still plenty of room for improvement in the tourism industry. Firms must level the playing field and «walk the talk» when it comes to involving employees in proceedings.

Johannes Reck, CEO of GetYourGuide, believes, “that young businesses in particular can change the world for the better, as long as you give them the opportunity to develop their ideas and put the pedal to the metal.” And that is exactly what WTFL is doing with its unique platform for exchange and its global network.

A platform for new ideas – the Innovation Festival will take place in November

“To move forward with positivity, you need new perspectives and a clear objective”, says Raphael Krucker, CEO of Andermatt Swiss Alps, “and this objective, whether it’s in the field of sustainability or diversity and inclusion, can only be achieved in collaboration with others.”

With this awareness and the insights from the Online Meetups, World Tourism Forum Lucerne looks eagerly to the future. The conference of the hybrid Innovation Festival, whose theme is “Moving Forward” takes place from 15th and 16th November in Andermatt, Switzerland. Simultaneously, the guest destination Morocco will host a satellite event to be broadcast live. Participation is possible in person or remotely from anywhere in the world.

First published at TravelCommunication.net

First published at TravelNewsHub.com – Global Travel News