Ecotourism Kenya Leadership and Mentorship Program students joined their fellow Pan African delegates from Nigeria, Ghana and South Africa for the 3rd African Conference on Sustainable Tourism.
The 3-day conference was hosted by Strathmore University School of Tourism and Hospitality in partnership with the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife(AFEW), at the Strathmore University Campus in Madaraka Estate, Nairobi; and ran from 31st October – 2nd November 2018.
The theme for this year was “Building Communities, Saving Nature,” with a larger focus on Sustainable Development. The purpose of the annual forum is to bring together the greatest minds in tourism across the continent and beyond; and facilitate for dialogues concerning pertinent issues facing the industry, encourage research on various topics in tourism and provide concrete and implementable solutions to these issues. Furthermore, it fosters the growth in links within the industry by providing a great opportunity for networking and sharing of developments within the tourism sector in Africa.
Tourism students, scholars, professionals and researchers gathered to learn and network within the community. Furthermore, various research project papers were presented as guided by the year’s theme and 5 prior selected topics.
These topics were: –
- Community and conservation
- Tourism and rural development
- Policy and governance on sustainable tourism
- Trends and innovations in sustainable tourism
- Tourism and human capital development
Special track: Industry best practice in conservancy management and sustainable business
Strathmore University generously gave out fellowships to ten of the best researchers this year. These fellowships covered; Transport, Accommodation and Transport to and from the conference. Additionally, all the research papers that were selected from the conference will be published in the “African Journal of Sustainable Tourism – A Strathmore University Journal”.
Tourism Research methodology, sustainable community based tourism and industry issues dominated the conversation. Interaction between speakers and the audience was high as ideas flew across the room in the form of passionate questions, comments and suggestions on the sustainability of the tourism industry across the continent. In fact, one of our LMP students commented that this was the best industry interaction forum they have ever had, as the top industry players were in the same audience as they were and freely interacted with everybody, discussing practical ideas on how to improve the tourism industry as a whole.
On the last day of the conference, the delegates were treated to a picturesque tour of the city and visited the world renown Giraffe Centre and The David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage respectively.
Ecotourism Kenya through the Leadership and Mentorship Program, encourage all youth to attend such forums so as to position themselves on the frontline in promoting sustainable tourism in Kenya. This will facilitate the implementation of fresh and dynamic ideas within the industry through inclusivity in industry dialogues and the larger decision making process.
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